By Sarah Terzo
From abortionist Susan T. Poppema:
The reality is that our clinic is a relatively placid place. Some women add to this sense when they come in and stage what amounts to rituals around the procedures. A patient came in recently with her partner and brought candles, clearly making the experience a ritual way of saying, “I am proud of myself for making this choice, also sad about the choice.”
Susan T. Poppema, with Mike Henderson, Why I Am an Abortion Doctor (New York: Prometheus, 1996) p.120.