Reflections on Trauma-Informed Abortion Care

A few weeks ago, I was working at a high-volume abortion clinic and was handed a chart for a 32-year-old woman, Alice*, with a history of one previous miscarriage and a previous medication abortion, who was here for an abortion at 13 weeks’ gestational age. Nothing in her history or intake stood out to me or the staff. She was very pleasant and chatty, with blonde hair tied back in a ponytail and nails bitten down to the quick.  As we started the exam, she became increasingly anxious and jittery. Continue reading

Lobby Day: the importance of active advocacy!

Each spring, TEACH partners with Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH) to sponsor a legislative lobby day in Sacramento.  Our aim is to engage members of our community in local advocacy and state politics. In March 2015, we lobbied to repeal California’s Maximum Family Grant (MFG) Rule. In preparation for the coming lobby day on April 7, 2017, Shannon reflects back on our 2015 success.

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