IamA Abortion Provider since 1971 AMA!
I am a nurse practitioner today; but in 1971 I was an RN head nurse in one of the first abortion facilities in Washington, DC where abortion was legal before Roe v Wade. I was a lobbyist for NARAL (National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws) pre Roe v Wade. I saw women die of illegal abortion and referred women to the 'underground' abortion physicians.
I opened centers providing abortion in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, Hawaii, Texas and the District of Columbia. AMA!
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Edit 2: Thank you all for the questions! I have to get to work today so probably won't be answering more but thought I'd leave you all with some resources and links for reading:
If you or someone you know needs an abortion and can't afford it, NAF can help
NARAL Pro-Choice America has a lot of information on what local laws are trying to pass in your states As I said earlier, contacting your local state representatives and getting involved at a grassroots level is important!
Want to get more involved? Become a clinic escort! Contact your local Planned Parenthood, NARAL chapter or clinic to see if they would like your help! Clinic Escort Story
Help push for medically accurate, age appropriate sex education at all levels. SEICUS has good information on legislation and resources.
Women write about their experiences I am Dr. Tiller
One in 4 women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Talk to the women around you, hear their stories, take the taboo out of abortion.