Friday, November 18, 2011
"The Doula Project" Supports Women Seeking Abortions
New York Observer: The Rise of the Abortion Doula, by Rachel R. White:
As Abortions Become Harder to Obtain, Pro-Choice Activists Eschew Policy Debates for Flesh and Blood Activism
At 9 a.m. on a recent Sunday in a small conference room on the 13th floor of a Manhattan hospital (The Observer agreed not to name the facility), Lauren Mitchell, a 27-year-old gynecological teaching associate, invited a group of 15 medical students and one reporter to introduce themselves. “So go around, state your name, why you are here…and your star sign,” she prompted, sitting at the head of a conference table.
Astrology probably isn’t what any of them expected when they signed up for the class, which will account for the first 6 of the 30 hours of training required for certification as an abortion doula. . . .