Creative Minority Reports points to this article in response to the decline of the number of abortion doctors.
Address the shortage of abortion providers. We all know the drill: the average age of an abortion provider in this country is soaring upwards, and many doctors who deserve to retire and spend their days playing golf stay in the business because there’s so many women who need abortions and so few people to provide them. Few counties have abortion providers, and many women have to travel hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to get one. And it’s because younger doctors don’t want to perform abortions. They don’t have any memories of the horrors of septic abortions (unlike many older doctors), and the harassment they face if they join up seems like too much trouble.
The problem is complex, but not unfixable. We should lobby for stronger protections for abortion clinic workers, so that fear doesn’t drive would-be providers away. More importantly, we need to find a way to get people with the right attitudes and the right skills into the business. Programs encouraging bright, young pro-choice people into medical school to train as ob-gyns who perform abortions is a good start. Pushing medical schools not only to teach the procedures for abortion, but also to highlight the dangers of self-abortion would also help. Perhaps a scholarship program for medical students who train to be abortion providers, or a debt forgiveness program for those doctors that provide abortion? There are endless possibilities, and we should undertake them.
Amazing they always pull out the canard about people not becoming abortionists because of security risks. Funny how people become policemen, fire fighters, and soldiers and yet they can’t find doctors to brave the so-called risk. As tragic as the extremely rare murder of abortionist has been, it is still extremely rare.
No mention is made about those abortionist who stop being abortionists or the group that helps them the Society of Centurions.
I guess it is just hard finding people who are idealistic enough to spend years in training in order to kill and not to save life. Thank God there is still a stigma on this profession and that the “best and brightest” are not drawn toward this anti-vocation. No kid grows up wanting to be an abortionist – though plenty want to be doctors.
You all want to wonder at someone who sees the “horror” of septic abortions and not the “horror” of successful abortions. The problem is not septic abortions, but women choosing abortion in the first place. Their misguided attempt at the cure of a pregnancy does not mean we should have doctors to provide it. Besides the statistics for so-called back alley abortions was made up out of whole cloth by former abortionist and founder of NARAL Bernard Nathanson who is now Catholic. Women seeking abortions when abortion is illegal is tragic. But the tragedy is them seeking an abortion in the first place.