“I’m in a constant battle to help women and it can get exhausting sometimes, but the good days outweigh the bad ones.”
Forty-four years ago, the US Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s legal right to have an abortion in the Roe v. Wade decision. Today, abortion access is still being fought over in many states — but while you hear all the time from activists on both sides, the doctors who perform these procedures are often left out of the conversation.
BuzzFeed Health reached out to abortion providers across the country to find out what they wish people understood about the job, the procedure, and the women they treat.
We heard from physicians who practice in conservative Southern states, liberal coastal cities, the rural Midwest, and in between. The following is a selection of perspectives and anecdotes from 11 physicians (some of whom asked to remain anonymous) that illustrate their day-to-day and the current landscape of abortion care in the US.
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[Editor's note: This article is meant to be informational and educational, but it does not speak on behalf of all providers or all patients. Although all quotes are from physicians, this is not meant to replace advice from a medical professional. If you are seeking an abortion or have any questions about abortion, talk to your doctor or a health educator.]
“The majority of my practice is full-scope OB-GYN care, so I provide abortions but I also work in infertility, obstetrics, gynecological surgery such as hysterectomies, family planning, abnormal uterine bleeding, and I also work at a local country jail providing gynecological care for incarcerated women. People only think I terminate pregnancies but I deliver babies too, and I love that part of my job.”
—Dr. Rachna Vanjani, OB-GYN, San Francisco, California, fellow, Physicians for Reproductive Health
“I get to care for women during these monumental times throughout all the stages of their lives. That may mean providing prenatal care, helping a woman through a miscarriage or stillbirth, helping women who choose adoption, providing care during menopause, or safely terminating pregnancies — and for me, it's a great honor.”
—Dr. Lisa Perriera, OB-GYN, Philadelphia Women's Center, Pennsylvania, fellow, Physicians for Reproductive Health
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