An Alabama doctor is vowing to continue providing safe abortions despite a new law banning nearly all abortions in the state, including in cases of rape and incest, and imposing steep penalties for doing so.
“I am enraged that the state of Alabama would force me to choose between what is ethical and medically appropriate care and breaking the law,” Dr. Yashica Robinson, a physician at Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives and a board member of Physicians for Reproductive Health, wrote in an op-ed published by CNN.
Robinson wrote about her own experience with an unwanted pregnancy and a medically complex situation she handled as a doctor to explain her decision.
“Because of my fear and lack of resources, I didn’t confide in my mother or grandmother until it was too late to have an abortion,” she wrote of her high school pregnancy. “I love my children with all my heart, but I know that everyone should be able to make this decision for themselves.”
Robinson detailed a case she handled in which a woman decided to terminate a pregnancy after learning she had a condition that made the pregnancy dangerous to her health.
“The patient understood the high stakes and instead decided to end her pregnancy. But it took time (which we did not have) to convince the hospital and other physicians that this was the correct course of action because of the already hostile climate for abortion,” she wrote.
“I fear what could happen to women in this situation if the law and its criminal penalties go into effect. Physicians will hesitate in how to care for complex health situations — and Alabama is already a state with an unconscionably high maternal mortality rate,” she added.
Robinson said she fears some doctors might leave the state “rather than stay and practice substandard medicine.”
"This law will have a devastating impact on the patients that I serve. We know that abortion care is health care. It is very necessary," says Dr. Yashica Robinson, an Alabama OB-GYN who performs abortions.
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