By Sarah Terzo
A mother who accompanied her daughter to an abortion clinic described the “counseling” they gave – and their command not to return to the clinic if she had complications.
“A middle-aged woman called Sheri’s name and we followed her into a small room in the back corner office with a messy desk and two chairs. As we sat down, she introduced herself as the counselor. She verified Sheri’s name, birthday, and the date of her last period. She explained with an expressionless, mundane attitude that the “termination” might be a little uncomfortable and she recommended “a little something to take the edge off.” She said that a bit of cramping and bleeding is to be expected. If the bleeding became more like hemorrhaging, however, go to the Emergency Room, “Don’t come back here.” This apparent lack of professional responsibility was a little unsettling. She was rather emphatic and repeats, “Don’t come back here if you have complications. Go to the nearest hospital. And follow up with your doctor in two or three days.”
I thought counseling is defined as some sort of wise advice or guidance, information and recommendation, or at the very least, options. But, in this case, I guess I was wrong. The counseling session was over. Sheri was ushered to a treatment room, alone, without me.”
Teri Stanton, Two Minus One: Our Abortion Story (Meadville, PA: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc., 2016) pp.36 – 37.
The fact that the abortion clinic did not want to bother with women who had complications and would rather dump them at the emergency room is disturbing.