Why I Am an Abortion Doctor

Why I Am an Abortion Doctor

Why I Am an Abortion Doctor

Why I Am an Abortion Doctor

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It comes up now and then in casual conversation. I travel frequently. My husband and I are wine-lovers and we go to a lot of tastings. We're mixing socially and inevitably the question is posed:

"What do you do, Suzanne?"

"I'm an abortion doctor," I respond. "I run Aurora Medical Services, north of Seattle. I started it about ten years ago."

Perhaps I elaborate by saying that we help women with choices they make about their own bodies. We counsel women, yes. We explain to them all the options involved with their pregnancy. A former patient, for example, came in during the spring of 1994 for abortion counseling only to discover for the first time that she was carrying a full-term fetus.

"But mainly," I tell them, "we terminate pregnancies—hundreds of them. And lately we've been one of about a dozen clinics throughout the country testing the drug Mifepristone; you know, the French abortion pill, RU 486. . . ."

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