In Florida, Dr. Nicole Fanarjian decided to stop delivering babies so that she could perform abortions. In an op-ed published on xoJane, Famarjian explains that she had to make a choice between being an obstetrician/gynecologist who provided care for women by delivering babies and doing abortion because she couldn’t do both.
She wrote, “Despite years of training and a passion for obstetrics, I decided to stop delivering babies so that I could provide abortions. I could no longer turn my back on the patients who need abortion care. I still consider giving up obstetrics to be my biggest sacrifice to do this work. I was good at it and derived immense satisfaction from it. The process of delivering a baby was a rush.”
Fanajian also laments over the fact that she struggled to learn about “abortion care” in medical school and didn’t understand why such a common procedure was not uniformly taught. She said, “We learned so many esoteric things; it seemed wrong not to teach something so basic. I thought at first that perhaps my med school experience was unique, but when I spoke with students from other schools I learned that my experience was not at all unusual. Abortion was considered to be so ‘controversial’ that at some schools students weren’t even allowed to organize an official Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) campus group.”
Although It is impossible to understand why a doctor would trade bringing life into the world with taking it away, Fanajian does highlights a few facts pro-lifers know very well. Abortion is not popular, most doctors do not want to do abortions and medical training on abortion is difficult to find.
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As LifeNews previously reported, according to MSFC, even those medical schools that do offer abortion education in the first two years dedicate less than 30 minutes to the topic. Additionally, during the final two years, when medical schools focus on clinical training, less than a third of all medical schools have at least one lecture specifically about abortion, as reported in a 2005 article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Lois Backus, the executive director of MSFC, said that many medical schools are reluctant to teach abortion out of fear of losing public and private funding. She also said that there were instances of students threatening to sue medical schools if they were made to study abortion.
So this begs the question, why do so few people want to do abortions? Fanajian, as well as most abortion supporters, believe it’s because of “abortion stigma.” However, there’s actually a good reason abortion is unpopular in the first place and it’s pretty simple— abortion kills children and hurts women.
A study published by a group of six academics, including an employee of the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute found a few main reasons abortion is stigmatized. Unsurprisingly, the researchers discovered that the growing scientific evidence of the humanity of the unborn child and fetal imagery largely contributed to abortion stigma. In other words, all this “stigma” nonsense is really the abortion movement’s way of covering up the fact that people don’t accept abortion because science is on the side of life.