Via Doulicia's site (and I've been reading you for awhile, too, dear blogfriend!), I found this amazing site written by abortion clinic workers (http://abortionclinicdays.blogs.com/abortionclinicdays/) and after reading the entire blog, I wrote this (I can hardly wait for the avalanche of hatemail!):
Not sure whom to address or if this is the proper place to say how glad I am this blog exists. I'm not thrilled piggy-backing on the hatemails, but really want the creators here to know they are doing a wonderful job. I've worked in clinics, counseled women and girls regarding their options (ALL of them) via Planned Parenthood and my own midwifery practice - and know that the anti-choice-ers are delusional believing this blog is lying or distorting facts; it is not. I have never seen a woman's decision not absolutely encouraged and honored and women who were unsure, encouraged to wait, pray/meditate/think/discuss with loved ones/etc. and make a decision in a day or few.
As a Pro-Choice midwife, I speak with surity and clarity in what a woman is choosing - again, with ALL of her choices. Until anti-choicers have a dozen adopted black babies of crystal meth moms (and I specify race because so many anti-choicers seem to draw the line at adopting out of their race - so christian-like, you know), house half a dozen rape and incest and violence-abused women and their other several children, bring in 12 and 13 year old girls and their babies, sit with a woman in a shelter as she nurses her cracked cheekbone, broken arms, and her 2 week-old baby all at the same time - I don't believe they have ONE CLUE about what a woman "should" do when faced with bringing another baby into the world. Not the white, privileged, affluent world, but the world far too many know that goes beyond receiving prenatal care and a handful of new donated baby clothes before being left alone to cope while Mr. "Pro-Life" eases into his Lincoln Navigator on the way to Sunday Mass.
If, because of Bush's horrid decisions, abortion becomes illegal again, I will learn how to do abortions which, for licensed midwives, is illegal - despite what another poster believes not to be so. There are absolutely regulations regarding who is permitted and not permitted to do abortions. (How can someone not know something so clear in written laws is beyond me. Inability to research is merely a sign of the lack of desire to KNOW - not the best way to argue a point and a great way to be dismissed without being heard.)
Anyway, long-winded way to thank the men and women for reaching out, taking a chance, and risking so much for sharing The Truth - their truth - and the truth of so, so many in this country. Even the "pro-lifers" who come for their abortions more than any "pro-lifer" would ever want to admit. More than once, I've held an anti-choice hand during her abortion one day and driven by her two days later as she spit on my car as I drove through their protest line. Never have I seen more hypocrisy in any other community than in this anti-choice one.
Stay strong and true, my invisible friends.