Check out this powerful piece about being an abortion Doula, written by Alex Ronan. I’ve been following The Doula Project since March- when it came to my attention during a postpartum doula training. The work, care and dedication the organization gives is amazingly powerful both emotionally and politically. The Doula Project calls into questions conservative and liberal politics and emotional theory surrounding abortion.
Some birth doulas were reluctant to consider the needs of women terminating pregnancies as at all similar to their patients carrying them to term. And many pro-choice doulas, doctors, and nonprofits were unwilling to acknowledge how difficult and painful many women find abortion. To some on the left, drawing any more attention to the messiness of the procedure and the decisions surrounding it would mean potentially undermining the work of the political movement.