Monday, May 24, 2010


I talked with my husband tonight about my volunteering at Planned Parenthood to be a support person to women having abortions. He was fully supportive and it was green lights down the line. I got excited and went on their site and entered my information into their resume tool, and while in the middle of that had to stop and run down to the store. It hit me that this whole plan might have after effects I'm not even seeing yet. I had a moment's pause when I thought about talking with a potential preceptor and in an effort to share about my experience, discovering that she was fiercely pro-life and could not abide considering me as an apprentice because of my time working in an abortion clinic. I thought about how I wouldn't probably post about my experiences (of course fully honoring HIPAA) because I have friends who are pro-life and I just wouldn't want the weird discomfort of that. I see how this can have some interesting consequences that are likely to be quite uncomfortable, at least momentarily. I don't know if that's what will happen but I can't deny that I at least gave a thought to the possibility of it.

I don't know what it will be like to do this work but I feel strongly that I must do it- and I think that if the timing is right (which it feels like it is, thus far) that it will happen and I will figure out these things as I go.


Anonymous said...

Go for it. What a wonderful thing to do - supporting women where they are, and when they want it.