I recently read this article and quite frankly, I found it really disturbing. It deals with with women who are opposed to abortion but become pregnant and decide to have one.
Now, I should probably point out right away that the actual morality of abortions is not what concerns me here. What I found so shocking was the attitude of (some of) the women described. It mentions women who were willing to flat out call their treating physicians murderers for doing a procedure they themselves are requesting.
It's worth noting that this particular issue might be somewhat of a (relative) blindspot for me, as I am not in ob/gyn and abortion is not even remotely on the political radar in my country. I have literally never heard even a single politician, on any level, ever raise the issue. But like I said, the actual abortions are not the core of the issue for me here. I have never been in a position where I have had to refuse a patient, but I simply cannot imagine treating someone who would see me as a monster (and was apparently willing to say that to my face), much less if they raised the stakes to seeing me as a murderer (and not even in some metaphorical sense!) and even less so if it was for a procedure they were willingly requesting of me! Plus, in some of the stories that are described, they were making life more difficult for not just the medical staf, but also other patients. To me, that just isn't acceptable.
What do you guys think?
PS: I hope this goes without saying, but obviously I am not talking about urgent medical care, nor about detailed explorations of a patients ethics for just any procedure.
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