I just wanted to thank you for all your help and support. I would like to thank Joy for all the phone calls and answering of stupid questions, and also to the two Christina's for basically holding my hand through the procedure.I can't say I have ever experienced fear like that before, but all of you gave me the support I needed to get it done. Women like me are very lucky to have places like Women's Health.I can't thank you enough for all the time and energy you've given me. All of you were kind and courteous, honest and direct. You answered all my questions to the best of your ability, and made me feel at ease. I felt very safe.Thank you,WHS clientAbortion became legal in 1973 by the US the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court said that a woman’s right to privacy could not be violated by any state. Abortion could no longer be legislated by the states, with the exception of second trimester abortion.The court said that states could make laws regarding second trimester abortion, but only if these laws were designed to protect the woman’s life.Since abortion became legalized, the abortion foes began strategies to outlaw abortion. They have tried through the courts and state legislatures to make abortion illegal and less accessible. Over the years they have attempted to impose parental notification, irrational licensing requirements for clinics, waiting periods, bans on second trimester abortions, imposing "counseling” requirements on abortion providers, and restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions.In California, there are no restrictions on a woman's right to choose abortion, such as parental consent, age limits, waiting periods, etc.Abortion opponents resorted to picketing clinics, harassing staff and patients, interfering with women’s ability to get into clinics, blockading clinic doors, clinic arson and vandalism, and even murder of physicians, clinic workers, and volunteer escorts. The right-wing of the anti-abortion movement was wise to the fact that if they couldn’t win on making abortion illegal, they could make it less accessible.
Against this backdrop of clinic violence, one of the most vicious and intended outcomes of anti-abortion terrorism has been to make women ashamed about having an abortion. Not only do women feel guilty, and stigmatized, but they are perceived as immoral for choosing an abortion. Abortion providers have been marginalized outside mainstream health care, their work is vilified, and they are called murderers and demons.We at Women’s Health Specialists believe that when women choose an abortion, they are making a moral decision. We remain steadfast against anti-abortion threats, and protect our clients and staff against violence through security measures and legal protections. We are committed to a woman’s right to freely choose abortion, and we have weathered the storm of protests.
One in three American women will have an abortion by the age of 45. Abortion is one of the most common and safest medical procedures provided in the United States today. Approximately 1.3 million women have an abortion per year, and 90% are in the first trimester of pregnancy. Less than 1% of abortions result in serious complications. Anti-abortion extremists have tried to scare women about abortion by declaring that abortion is unsafe.