By Dave Andrusko
Traditionally a doula is a woman trained to assist women during childbirth and who may provide support to a family after the baby is delivered . But in the pro-abortion spirit of never leaving a life-affirming activity unsullied, full-spectrum doulas can equally well help women deliver their babies to their mom’s waiting arms or help women deliver their babies into oblivion.
Last week something called Street Roots News wrote a piece under the headline, “Portland organization fights abortion stigma.”
The author, Ann-Derrick Gaillot, tells you right out of the box that
“For Oregon residents seeking an abortion, finding a clinic or provider to perform one is easy.” Later she even concedes there is virtually no legal limitation on abortion, even waiting periods of parental involvement.
But that’s not enough to eliminate the “stigma.” You read little in Gaillot about the usual complain of abortion not being socially acceptable and more of the idea that, for example, because all the Oregon abortion clinics are located in cities, transportation for women in rural areas represents a kind of “stigma.”
Gaillot is really writing about the idea that just as doulas have always been a part of the entire birthing experience, so, too, do “full-spectrum” doula operate from the time a woman is asking about an abortion until the time she goes home–childless–and possibly beyond.
Enter the Cascades Abortion Support Collective which (as Gaillot writes) Ariel and Meg “co-founded in early 2015, recruiting from their network of full-spectrum doulas to support people [a.k.a. women] through all reproductive experiences, including abortion, surrogacy, miscarriages and stillbirths.”
Which means what “during the procedure”? According to Gaillot
[T]he doula’s role can vary from intimate support such as holding the patient’s hand or applying accupressure points to more hands-off support methods such as fetching water or waiting in the other room to be there when it’s all over.
Once the abortion is over, “Collective members also send each person home with abortion after-care kits containing heat wraps, sanitary pads, tea, chocolate, chapstick, candles and a list of after-care resources.”
The Cascades Abortion Support Collective has “supported” ten women in less than a year and hopes, through word of mouth and by “referrals from NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Oregon-based Network for Reproductive Options” to increase that number.
And theirs is a mission so expansive that will go on forever. “This is where we are and we’re excited to serve this community,” Heather told Gaillot. “Because no matter where you are there’s no place where it’s easy and unstigmatized to get an abortion.”
And there won’t be, not so long as there are people like the readers of this post who are dedicated to assisting women to avoid making such disastrous decisions but, if they do, offering a supportive shoulder as they work through their regret and remorse.
Tip of the hat to lifenews.com.