Muchisimas Gracias: Latinas Thank Abortion Providers 

Through NLIRH’s Yo Te Apoyo (I Support You) campaign, we are sending messages of support for Latinas who are making critical decisions about whether and when to become a parent or have another child. On this day, we also say, “Yo te apoyo,” to abortion providers, as well as their staff, supporters and defenders. We support them as they have supported us.
Join the conversation on Twitter at: #Thx2ABProviders

Muchisimas Gracias: Latinas Thank Abortion Providers

Through NLIRH’s Yo Te Apoyo (I Support You) campaign, we are sending messages of support for Latinas who are making critical decisions about whether and when to become a parent or have another child. On this day, we also say, “Yo te apoyo,” to abortion providers, as well as their staff, supporters and defenders. We support them as they have supported us.

Join the conversation on Twitter at: #Thx2ABProviders

I would just like to take a moment to thank everyone who assisted someone with an abortion.

feministfashionista:

Whether you drove to the clinic, were a shoulder to lean on, assisted financially, or any little thing that helped make someone’s abortion process easier.

Thank you.

(via provoice)

Evidence-Based Advocacy: How Do Abortion Providers Experience Stigma?

Written by Steph Herold for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

Evidence-Based Advocacy is a monthly column seeking to bridge the gap between the research and activist communities by profiling provocative new abortion research that activists may not otherwise be able to access.

Ask anyone to tell you who’s doing the most innovative research on abortion provider stigma and they’€™ll tell you it’€™s Dr. Lisa Harris and her interdisciplinary team at the University of Michigan. Together they pioneered the Provider Share Workshop, a pilot project testing the possibility that a support group for abortion providers could help reduce the negative impact of stigma. She writes about topics that others in even the most pro-choice communities shy away from €”the need to have open and honest conversations about second trimester abortion provision, how stigma affects abortion complications, and, recently, the need to recognize conscience as a motivating factor in abortion provision. Now, Dr. Harris and her team, which includes social worker Jane Hassinger, and public health PhDs Michelle Debbink and Lisa Martin, have gone a step further and actually mapped out how abortion providers experience abortion stigma, coining a new term: the legitimacy paradox

Based on their interviews with abortion clinic staff who participated in the Provider Share Workshop, Dr. Harris and her team theorize that the combination of stigma and silence perpetuate a vicious cycle:

"When abortion providers do not disclose their work in everyday encounters, their silence perpetuates a stereotype that abortion work is unusual or deviant, or that legitimate, mainstream doctors do not perform abortions. This contributes to marginalization of abortion providers within medicine and the ongoing targeting of providers for harassment and violence. This reinforces the reluctance to disclose abortion work, and the cycle continues."€        

Read the rest here.