I’m a nurse in an abortion clinic. Because behind each abortion, is a human.

I’m a nurse in an abortion clinic.

I have been debating writing this for months. With my budding career, and the polarizing nature of abortion on my mind, I’ve held off — until now. I’ve come to realize that the longer I work in abortion, the more I understand the deep need to support and destigmatize it, for all reasons, at all gestations, for all people.

Each person deserves a chance to take control over their lives, and I’m privileged to be able to give them that chance.

I’ve driven patients back to their hotels, because they didn’t have enough money to cover both the procedure, and a taxi back. I’ve wiped the tears of my patients, as well as my own. I’ve watched people receive memory boxes of the baby they wanted so incredibly badly. I’ve listened to rape victims, who were impregnated by their rapists, tell me their stories of accidentally ending up in fake abortion clinics, otherwise known as crisis pregnancy centers, and paying thousands of dollars, only to be lied to, heavily shamed and denied an abortion.

I have to consider my safety, as well as the safety of my colleagues and patients.

There are people out there who would go to extreme lengths to stop our practice, or to physically harm us, as they have in other clinics in the United States.

Because behind each abortion, is a human.

There is a couple, a student, a mother, a daughter, a child or teenager, someone who is desperately trying to create a life they want to live. We need to work to normalize abortion, to take the decision-making out of the hands of people who do not understand the gravity of the decision and only can understand it from a political perspective, permeated with false propaganda and penises.

It isn’t too late to join the fight for freedom of choice.

Ask about abortion, learn about abortion, understand it and appreciate it. By doing so, you’re helping to make it more accessible for others and you’re helping to destigmatize abortion, making it a less shameful experience.

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