When Dr. Lori Buzzetti entered medical school, she firmly believed in a woman’s “right to choose” abortion.
But after miscarrying her first child, the Indiana doctor realized that she had been wrong. In a new video from the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Buzzetti said she came to realize that OB-GYNs are tasked with caring for two precious, valuable human beings in a pregnancy, not just one.
Buzzetti said she considered herself to be pro-choice when she attended medical school. While she opposed abortion as a method of contraception, she said she believed elective abortions were acceptable in certain circumstances, according to Live Action News.
“I believed that the government shouldn’t have a say in what a woman did with her pregnancy,” Buzzetti said in the video.
However, her beliefs were shaken slightly during her residency when she was taught how to do an abortion.
“My mentor showed me how to do the first abortion, and then he had me take his seat, and he walked me through the steps of the termination. And at the end I just remember feeling very nauseated,” she said.
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Afterward, she remembered a doctor praising her for doing the abortion and she thought to herself, “That is nothing to be proud of.” Still, she clung to her beliefs that aborting an unborn baby was a “choice.”
Buzzetti finished her residency and went into private practice as an OB-GYN. Soon afterward, she said she and her husband were excited to learn that they were expecting their first child.
But their joy turned to devastation when she miscarried the baby early in her pregnancy. Buzzetti said she quickly buried herself in her work and hid her grief because “once a woman experienced an early pregnancy loss, everything went back to normal, right?”
But it did not. Months later, she said she struggled to even go to work and she questioned why.
“If life didn’t begin until a baby could sustain itself outside of the womb, why was I in so much pain? So my pro-choice stance started to crack,” she continued.
Once she allowed herself to recognize her baby as a valuable human being and grieve, Buzzetti said she became pro-life.
“I began seeing the brokenness that these terminations were causing, and it has just made me realize that, as obstetricians, we need to stop being complacent and allowing these babies to be disregarded,” she said.
“… there are two of our patients that are suffering when we allow elective terminations. It’s time for us to really take a hard look at what our profession is doing and advocate for our patients’ health and wellbeing,” Buzzetti said.
Today, along with her practice, Buzzetti also runs a maternity home called So Big that provides pregnancy and parenting resources for mothers and children in need.