Reflections from the Road: Traveling to Provide Abortions in Underserved Areas

I got up early and caught the first flight towards New Mexico. Up high above the desert, I could trace the lines of old streams merging into rivers along the valley floor now only carvings in the beautiful and stark landscape. In awe of the slow but behemoth power of water, I pondered what mark I could possibly leave here. Perhaps, helping one woman at a time to reach her goals, is enough to leave a lasting impact in a community over time.
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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