Anne Davis wrote an excellent and useful letter to the editor of the New York Times back in January of 2009. Her letter deals with eradicating some of the ignorance that exists with respect to abortion options and the extent to which insurance covers costs of contraception, etc. Even though her missive is titled The Abortion Choices of Poor Women, it contains important abortion advice for the rich, middle class, and poor.
Some women, particularly younger women or girls, believe that having an abortion will not prevent them from having a healthy baby if they choose to conceive later on. This is not always the case and should be considered and researched properly.
On a planet that is already infested with human beings, every pregnancy should be treated with the required due diligence since every child deserves to grow up hopeful.
The Abortion Choices of Poor Women
Published: January 11, 2009
To the Editor:
Re “For Privacy’s Sake, Risking Do-It-Yourself Abortion” (news article, Jan. 5):
Throughout history, women have tried many ways to end an unwanted pregnancy. Your article underscores the fact that after 36 years of legal abortion, some women still struggle to obtain reproductive health care because they don’t understand or trust the American medical system.
In my Washington Heights clinic in northern Manhattan, I see at least one patient every week who has tried to end a pregnancy on her own. When lack of information, poverty or stigma overwhelm pregnant women, some take matters into their own hands.
We can do better to educate women about their legal options. While they can use misoprostol to end a pregnancy, there are safer and more effective methods.
As we approach the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, physicians need to remember that reproductive health care remains a challenge, even in New York City. We must work within our communities to ensure that women know how to navigate the health care system.
New York, Jan. 5, 2009
The writer is medical director of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.