I had a patient come to me a few Fridays ago during my afternoon clinic. Her reason for appointment was written in my schedule of patients as “pregnancy test.”
When I walked into the room, after we introduced ourselves, she immediately stated, “I can’t be pregnant right now or have another child. I have a seven month-old at home, and it’s not the right time.”
After making sure she didn’t feel coerced or unsafe, I explained her options to her freely: continuing pregnancy with adoption, or abortion. She told me she had already done her research and wanted a medication abortion.
I went through the risks and what to expect and was able to administer the medications that day. She returned for her follow up appointment one week later and was doing well. She started the birth control pill for pregnancy prevention.
I’m so fortunate to be able to help women every day with what they need – whether it’s antibiotics for Strep throat or medications for abortion. There is no waiting period or law necessitating I tell women scientifically incorrect information before doing an abortion, and I am grateful to be able to do my job.