Some medical professionals opt out of performing abortion because of religious objections, but after the recent murder of Dr. Tiller, personal safety concerns are prompting medical students to reconsider their decision to become abortion providers.
The Washington Post interviewed students this week who say they "took a step back" after an alleged antiabortion activist murdered the late-term abortion provider. Devin Miller, 23, is the leader of her school's "Medical Students For Choice" group. She planned on becoming an OB-GYN and expected to terminate pregnancies from time to time. Now, she says, "It's very hard to be confronted with the constant negative energy and constant fighting."
Abortion is one of the most common procedures in American medicine: statistics suggest that nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion by the age of 45. But if the fear of violence or stigmatization continues, there won't be anyone to provide the procedure. Already, 87 percent of US counties have no abortion services, and in a country of 300 million people, there are only 1,787 doctors who perform abortion.
If you were a medical student, do you think you would consider becoming an abortion provider?