In an article in XO Jane, Dr. Carolyn Paine explains that she loves providing “abortion care” for women and believes the practice is “fair to children.” She writes, “…I think it [abortion] is fair to children, that they are born into a world where they are wanted, and loved, and cared for, and have the resources they need to thrive. I think abortion is a social good and a tremendous way in which physicians can contribute to a more socially just world.”
Unfortunately, the argument that abortion is a “social good” is not new; however, it is a futile one because most people, even those who support abortion, don’t see abortion as a positive thing for society. The president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, explained “Even people who support abortion rights don’t necessarily see it as something to celebrate. They want to think about [abortion] as a necessary evil.”
In the column, Dr. Paine also explains that she went into medicine because she wanted to perform abortions. She said, “I love providing abortion care to women, and I am proud to do so. I am also far from alone. Upon publication of ‘Four Residents’ Narratives on Abortion Training,’… [r]esidents from across the country were surprised and confused by the omission of any resident perspective that voiced confidence and pride in their decision to provide abortion services.”
“To us, abortion training was something we advocated for in medical school, and actively sought out in our residency training programs. To us, abortion training was exciting, because it meant we were developing the skills necessary to provide women with safe reproductive healthcare,” she continued.
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Then, unbelievably, Dr. Paine said she felt like the suction aspiration abortion was “a “feel good procedure” after she did it for the first time because she had “successfully performed an intervention that changed a woman’s life for the better!” During a suction-aspiration abortion, the unborn child is dislodged and sucked into a tube, either whole or in pieces. Once the child is dead, a staff member at the abortion facility must review the parts of the baby removed by the vacuum system to ensure that all parts of the baby were taken from the mother’s womb.
Dr. Paine concludes her article by claiming that many abortionists in training feel the same way she does about it and don’t struggle with dismembering pre-born children in the womb. She said, “My experiences on the residency interview trail and throughout medical school were that medical students and residents were not fearful to discuss their ambitions to provide abortion services, but proud to one day offer and advocate for a service they believe in, and that is well within their scope of practice.”
So to summarize, Dr. Paine believes abortion is fair to children, a social good and that dismembering babies is a “feel good” action that apparently brings her joy. In contrast, Live Action News shares how other abortionists in training have struggled with performing the procedure. Read about their experiences below:
Increasingly, I have found myself caught up in an endless array of rhetorical questions. Is there not a more profound difference between 10 and 20 weeks than between 20 and 30? If my first task as a physician is to do no harm, how can I justify harming a fetus? I do not pretend to know the answers to these questions, but given what I perceived to be an abyss of ambiguity, I chose not to provide elective terminations.
After my first morning of early abortions, we performed an 18-week termination. Seeing the fetus on an ultrasound scan and then watching it as we did the procedure really shook me to the core. I thought maybe I had made the wrong choice, and I could not stop thinking about what my family would think if they knew what I had done.
Later that week we had an informal gathering of residents who had struggled with abortion training. It became apparent that others shared similar feelings. Many of us felt more comfortable with early abortions and struggled with second-trimester cases.
Abortion is a necessary procedure that I feel morally obligated to make available to my patients. The future of this service hinges on our society’s ability to support its practice, prevent undesired pregnancy, and ensure the safety of abortion providers. I have worked through my own internal struggles, but these broader societal issues will shape how I practice in the future.