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Today we’re launching the Safe Abortion Project, which is dedicated to showcasing safe abortion care. We are starting this project by looking at abortion providers in Philadelphia in the wake of the horrific Kermit Gosnell case. We are devastated that women were treated like second-class citizens in a disreputable practice, and that some even lost their lives.We hope that no woman, in Philadelphia or anywhere else, feels as though she has to obtain an abortion through unsafe practices.
Women who went to Gosnell were not aware of or did not have access to safe, affordable abortion care in Philadelphia. Because of abortion restrictions in PA, many of them chose Gosnell because he was the least expensive option. Regardless of the quality of care, women continued to go there because it was all that they could afford.
Despite the claims of the anti-abortion movement, there are providers operating much differently than Gosnell, providers that hold their facilities to high medical standards. This video shows one such provider — their staff & facility — discussing their reactions to hearing about Gosnell and their experiences providing abortion care in Philadelphia.
This video was made at the Philadelphia Women’s Center, an abortion clinic that has been providing care to the community for over 30 years. We thank them for their bravery and for their support of this project.
If you are a woman seeking an abortion, you have the right to information about the facility you are going to and the physician who is performing the abortion. Please visit the Abortion Care Network to find a list of questions to ask a to determine if a clinic is the right place for you. If you are having difficulty paying for an abortion, visit the National Network of Abortion Funds for help.
To get in touch with the film makers or clinic staff, please email email@example.com.
The principles of the Safe Abortion Project are:
- Historically, women will do whatever it takes to end a pregnancy they feel they cannot carry to term, including risk their lives.
- If full insurance coverage for abortion were available, poor women and girls would not have to settle for the least expensive medical care.
- Until abortion services in the United States are fully accessible to poor women, women will be vulnerable to those who seek to exploit their poverty with unsafe practices.
- In a nation where more than 1 in 3 women will have an abortion at some point in her life, the culture of silent shame that surrounds the decision to end a pregnancy allows those who would provide poor quality and sometimes dangerous care to thrive.
- Until abortion services are affordable and accessible to all women who need care, women will continue to be vulnerable to exploitation and harm by those who offer substandard, dangerous care.
- Strict laws limiting women and girls’ safe access to abortion care does nothing to protect women.
Thanks to fabulous graphic designer Tedi Marville for the logo.