abortion provider appreciation day

We’re grateful to the compassionate and courageous doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and health center staff who work every day to keep patients healthy and ensure they have access to the reproductive health care they need — including safe and legal abortion.

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National Abortion Providers Appreciation Day

Remember those that lost their lives to pro-life / anti-choice terrorism

National Abortion Providers Appreciation Day was started to remember Dr. David Gunn, killed by Michael F. Griffin.  Shot in the back as Griffin shouted “Stop killing babies”. 

Today’s Video

We’re finishing up this week’s video. What I need from you is a curious mind. The topic is self-induced abortions: How we’ve done them for millennia and the safest, easiest method we have for doing them now. 

I’ve been working on this episode for about a month, since seeing the documentary Vessel.  Vessel is about an organization called Women on Waves renting a ship to pick up women from countries where abortion is illegal, sailing them to international waters, inducing abortions, and returning the women home safely. The film moved me so much that I decided it was my responsibility to share the information with even more of an audience. You. 

As it turns out we weren’t able to get everything together for our regularly scheduled Wednesday upload and the video had to be pushed back a day. Today.

Today is National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day! the perfect day to release our video. Even though so many of the tactics we list in the episode (~100) are self-induced, meaning a person can do them without the help of others, providers are incredibly valuable in the experience of ending pregnancies. They are there to help navigate the decisions, answer questions, calm nerves, show respect, perform the abortion when necessary, guide the process, and hold space for the recovery. They are there when so much of the world isn’t.

One of the things I learned from watching Vessel and my own research on abortions is that people want them. They will put their own lives and freedoms at risk to return to their menstrual cycles. They will induce abortions at any cost. So while their decision may be controversial, their need for safe methods is not.

Dinner conversation

Daughter, 7 years old: “So Mom, what kind of patients did you see today?”

Me: “I saw pregnant women and girls who didn’t want to be pregnant."

Daughter: "How did you help them?"

Me: "I did a procedure—like a little surgery—to remove the pregnancy."

Younger daughter, 4 years old: "From the uterus? I have a uterus. That’s where babies are."

Me: "Wow, how do you know that?” (Feeling impressed she came up with *uterus* on her own.)

Younger daughter: “We have a book at my school about making babies.”

Love my job, love my smart, curious little girls who are learning all about their bodies, and about abortion like it is a normal part of women’s health care. (Also love my daughter’s preschool!)

—From a family medicine physician 

Planned Parenthood’s compassionate and highly skilled doctors, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, physician assistants, and health center staff provide access to safe and legal abortion for people every single day, and they do this in the face of continuing political attacks. Thanks to them — and to everyone who has fought for decades to keep abortion safe and legal — my abortion story was very much unremarkable.
—  Diana Danieli, Thank You, Planned Parenthood Abortion Providers via The Medium

Abortion providers—doctors, nurses, physicians’ assistants, and health center staff—are compassionate, courageous, skilled people who believe in the health and dignity of women. They work to keep women healthy and ensure they have access to the full range of reproductive health care options, no matter what. Above all, they trust women and care for women every day. 

National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers was founded in memory of Dr. David Gunn, the first abortion provider killed in the U.S. Today we’re saying thank you.

Today is the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. We’re grateful to the compassionate and courageous doctors, nurses, physicians’ assistants, and health center staff who work every day to ensure that people have access to the health care they need — including safe and legal abortion. *Re-blog* this to join us in saying “thank you” to the abortion providers who believe in the health, well-being, and dignity of those they serve.
I can honestly say I absolutely love my job. In the course of everybody’s jobs there are always difficulties and frustrations and bad days. But I work every day feeling, though maybe exhausted and needing a break for the evening, feeling like I helped women. That, to me, makes it all worthwhile.

Dr. Dana Kusnir on being an abortion provider.