By Sarah Terzo
In The New York Times, Dr. Deborah Oyer, medical director and owner of Aurora Medical Services in Seattle (an abortion clinic), explains how women often try to hide their abortions from their regular doctor:
“In addition, Dr. Oyer said, many women do not want their doctor — or anyone in their town — to know they had an abortion. ”I can’t tell you how many women who come on their own say, ‘Oh, I can’t tell my doctor,’ ” Dr. Oyer said. ”And sometimes their doctor is someone who does abortions in their own office.”
The stigma surrounding abortion influences women to keep their abortions secret from people who know them and see them on a regular basis.
Gina Kolata, “Wary doctors spurn new abortion pill; some doctors insist that a surgical abortion remains a better alternative than the new pill.” The New York Times, Nov 14, 2000.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.