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Welcome to the community, [community profile] prochoice_maryland. This is a safe community to discuss reproductive rights primarily in the state of Maryland.

Please read the rules on the community's profile. They should be very simple to follow. Failure to abide by them could lead to anything from being banned without warning to having your post deleted.

Feel free to talk about any issue involving abortion, contraception, sterilization, adoption, parenthood, sex ed, and activism that's happening in Maryland. Feel free to extend it outside of Maryland like in another state or country.
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Dr. Evan James never wavered in his determination to become an abortion provider.

His belief that women had the right to do what they wanted with their bodies was steadfast during his medical training in London, Ont.

It solidified further after he spent a month learning how to perform abortions at the Morgentaler Clinic in Toronto. He found that he enjoyed the work and was not put off by a woman's tears or the tissue he extracted from her womb.

Nor did he fear the violence — bomb threats, stabbings, sniper shootings — that for years has stalked abortion doctors in North America.

Only when his personal life was thrust up against his professional beliefs was his firm stance on abortion shaken.

James and his partner desperately wanted to adopt a child.

Suddenly, there were days when he found it hard to commit to being an abortion doctor. For the first time, he began to see shades of grey instead of just black and white.

The 28-year-old obstetrics resident in Hamilton was finding out, like the generation of doctors who came before him, that being an abortion provider means accepting a life unlike any other in medicine.


My favorite snippets of the article:
What he learned about himself is that he is not pro-abortion, but pro-choice. This means both abortion and adoption are part of the spectrum of care he believes in. With this distinction James was able to reconcile having one foot in an abortion clinic and the other in an adoption agency.

“In some ways, this wait has made me more pro-choice, because I see that women have all of these options,” says James. “I don't think I'll ever have trouble being honest with my children about telling them what I do. To me, it will allow me to say to my child: your mother had a choice, and she decided that you should be here and wanted somebody to care for you.”

Professionalism means doing what is right for others, not what's right for yourself,” he says. “On the day I got my medical degree, I took an oath that we all take, which essentially states that we're going to do well by our patients. To me this is the right thing to do.”

Btw...I would like to thank those that provide abortions in Canada, the US (especially in Maryland), Sweden, and other countries.
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Welcome to the community, [livejournal.com profile] prochoicemd (aka Pro-Choice Maryland). This is a safe community to discuss reproductive rights in the state of Maryland.

Please read the rules on the community's profile. They should be very simple to follow. Failure to abide by them could lead to anything from being banned without warning to having your post deleted.

Feel free to talk about any issue involving abortion, contraception, sterilization, adoption, parenthood, sex ed, and activism that's happening in Maryland. Feel free to extend it outside of Maryland like in another state or country.

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