A Day in the Hospital: The Final Act
When an unmarried woman comes to the hospital,1 willy nilly or determined, for the final act of surgery, she confronts the totally alien environment of the medical world. The hospital routine, her new role as a patient, the fears and anxieties of the surgical procedure--all can be emotionally stressful. At this juncture the attitude of the service providers is immensely critical in determining how the woman reacts to the surgical procedure, in both a psychological and a physical sense.2 The providers may take a grim view of her conduct, because she violated the society's moral codes by being pregnant before marriage and now seeks to erase the evidence of her "guilt" by terminating the pregnancy. Research shows that the providers exercise discretion in the way they provide abortion services to____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Sex, Abortion, and Unmarried Women. Contributors: Paul Sachdev - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 171.