By Sarah Terzo
From Merle Hoffman, who co-founded and ran an abortion clinic for many years, talks about sexist remarks from abortion doctors:
“… some doctors would make blatantly sexist remarks. “Come on, you knew how to spread your legs before you got here, you can spread them for the exam,” a doctor once chided. Another commanded a patient to keep still, saying, “Keep your backside on the table – you should know pretty well how to do that by now.”
This is a pro-choice book where Hoffman defends her career as an abortion provider.
You can see how these doctors are not exactly champions of women’s rights. Women who go in for abortions are often already feeling emotional and scared and being emotionally abused only leads to them having more traumatic experiences. It is clear that these doctors are not motivated by wanting to help women. Perhaps it is the money they can make doing abortions that motivates them [https://clinicquotes.com/category/quotes/abortionists-and-money].
From Merle Hoffman, “Intimate Wars: the Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room” (New York: Feminist Press, 2012) pp. 76 – 77.