October 30, 2009

YOU CAN'T BLAME THEM FOR BEING ASHAMED:

Barriers to abortion rise, even in Brookline (Renee Loth, October 30, 2009, Boston Globe)

Surely in a reliably liberal state, with the finest medical facilities in the world, abortion is reliably available to women who need it?

Well, not exactly.

A recent survey by the Massachusetts chapter of NARAL, the abortion-rights group, found that five outpatient women’s health centers that once performed abortions have closed since 2002. There is now no provider on the Cape, for example.

But NARAL also turned up nervous providers begging not to be identified. Thirteen hospitals where NARAL believes the procedure is provided wouldn’t admit it to an anonymous woman seeking an abortion over the phone. “If we ferret them out and they ask us not even to put a dot on a map, you get a sense of the problem,’’ said Andrea Miller, NARAL’s Massachusetts executive director.


Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2009 5:32 AM
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