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Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion Before and After Roe V. Wade Paperback – August 31, 1996
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But the truth about pre-Roe abortion is often quite different. Carole Joffe interviews 45 health-care professionals who either provided safe abortions or access to them in those years, focusing on, as she puts it, "the mounting frustrations with anti-abortion legislation that led otherwise highly conventional physicians to various degrees of law breaking and law bending" and the impact that decision had on their personal and professional lives. These people got involved because they could not stand by while women suffered from poverty or health complications; for many, it was more a matter of profound internal religious questioning. "I felt the solution to God's problems, in the world, was through faith," says one doctor. "Through faith in God we'd find a way to solve these problems... God wasn't going to solve all our problems. We've got to solve them ourselves." Doctors of Conscience is a solid, well-rounded portrayal of several people who came to such decisions; as an informed document, it offers much clarity and insight into a highly controversial issue.
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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To paraphrase the author, women willing to go to great and dangerous lengths and subject themselves to risky, expensive and sometimes illegal or morally questionable practices in attempts to have children are also the exact same women who will subject themselves to the same dangers not to. As a man who read this book at his wife's request I learned to understand this. I found it enlightening.
Statistics vary. I've read a variety of statistics that said every 1 in10 or 1 in 5 or 1 in3 women have had an abortion regardless of age, race, marital status, financial status or religion. That surprised me and opened my eyes. When you think about it that is no more uncommon than a man opting to have a vasectomy.
I feel bad that women are shamed and made to feel bad for their choice in regards to reproduction. Nobody is picketing my doctor's office when a man comes in and asks for a vasectomy. It made me question why? According to the teachings of certain churches anything that frustrates or attempts to frustrate life is an abomination against God. Again, it made me question why the outrage and backlash against women and not men.Read more ›
And today, my generation finds itself in an interesting paradigm. Because while the state officially allows the performance of abortion, protestors take it upon themselves to hunt and terrorize the doctors who perform this procedure. This climate has chilling repercussions because 86 percent of American counties now lack a medically licensed abortion provider. Wanting women to have access to health care places their lives physically at risk.
With all of the news stories about clinic protests and doctor shootings, it's easy for American citizens to become discouraged, feeling like extremists are winning. But this book gave me effective 'pain relief' by reminding me that we are not alone. There are doctors wanting us to obtain health care.