While I don't think that it is fair to force women to learn to perform abortions, the reason I want to be a midwife is the same reason I would like to learn to assist at abortions. I would like to provide women with safe choices in their reproductive health. The number of abortion providers in the United States is constantly shrinking because medical programs do not provide the training for new med students and nursing students to learn the procedure. I did not mean for this post to be a prochoice/antichoice debate, but if you are prochoice you must know that one of the largest problems women are facing in terms of their reproductive health is access to abortion due to lack of providers.
As a midwifery student I don't think it is fair to say that all midwives go into midwifery for the same reason. While I love the idea of caring for women during their pregnancies in a way that empowers them, it is also important to me that they be empowered in all decisions they make about their reproductive health. This includes giving them the option to abort with a sensitive, compassionate health care provider.
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