She’s an Abortion Doula: Holding Women’s Hands as Their Babies are Killed in Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 19, 2022   |   1:23PM   |   Washington, DC

So much time and money is put into supporting the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

On Monday, NPR published a profile piece about a North Carolina abortion doula named Lauren Overman who helps pregnant mothers arrange abortions and then holds their hands as their unborn babies are being killed.

Of course, NPR did not portray her work that way. Instead, the news outlet highlighted Overman’s pro-abortion work as a good thing.

Most doulas do not have any medical training or a license. It is not clear if they even go through background checks or are screened by abortion groups that recommend their services to women. Abortion doulas work in an advisory and support capacity by helping to arrange the abortion appointment, telling the woman what it could feel like and how she can prepare, and then often going with her to the appointment and comforting her after it’s over.

Overman said she charges on a sliding scale and sometimes works for free, depending on the woman’s income. Since some states have banned abortions, she said she has seen an increase in clients – from about four a month to about four a week.

Prior to the abortion, she told NPR how she talks with the women about what they might want to buy (a heating pad, essential oils) and how much they may bleed after the abortion procedure. However, she never mentioned what an abortion actually does or how it involves an unborn baby — already a unique, living human being.

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“You can fill up a super maxi pad in an hour, that’s OK,” she tells the women about afterward, according to the report. “If you fill up one or more pad every hour for two to three hours consecutively, then that’s a problem.”

The report continues:

Going to the clinic, and holding a patient’s hand during the procedure, are among the services that abortions doulas can offer, but some clinics don’t allow a support person in the room. That forces doulas like Overman to find other ways to be supportive, like sitting down with the person afterward, to listen, share a meal or just watch TV together.

“(It’s) holding space — being there so that they can bring something up if they want to talk about it. But also there are no expectations that you have to talk about it if you don’t want to,” Overman says.

Two abortion groups in North Carolina said interest in abortion doula training programs has increased dramatically this year in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

“It’s word of mouth. It’s people sharing ‘This is how I got through my abortion or miscarriage experience with the help of a doula.’ And someone being like, ‘That’s amazing. I need that. Or I wanna become that,” said Kat Lewis, board member of the Carolina Abortion Fund.

But ultimately the thing that abortion doulas are supporting is the killing of unborn babies in elective, unnecessary abortions. Pregnant mothers do need support but not the kind that they provide. Two lives are involved in every pregnancy, a mother and her unborn child, and both deserve to be treated with the value and dignity that they deserve.