Friday, August 6, 2010

What would the Martians think? (Part 6...What success looks like)

Dr. Konia Trouton, of the Vancouver Island Women’s Clinic, details her quest to:
"set up a woman's clinic that included abortions, and not have a clinic that focused only on abortions. "

She struggles to accomplish this because of what she calls the:
"political challenges in trying to enhance abortion care."

The doctor tells about her troubles getting doctors and other health professionals to work with her, as well as having trouble getting office space:
"I sought to find family physicians who would be excited to have me work alongside their practice, offering surgical abortions, medical abortions and IUD care. Strangely enough, there are not many of those types of clinics, or doctors. I called the local birth control clinic, and their board did not want me to work, even just a day a week, doing pre-operative abortion assessments and scheduling the abortion in the hospital. Paradoxically, they supplied many referrals for abortion and provided after care. They were much more vigorously opposed than I ever expected, and while I continued to work there once a week doing IUD insertions, I knew to look elsewhere for office space. I called some physician colleagues in the peace and justice movement, whom I knew for many years, and I called some alternative health care facilities, but the doors were shut for office space."

But Dr. Trouton's perseverance pays off. By finding nurses and midwifes who support "choice"; by winning doctors over; by getting the National Abortion Federation's stamp of approval; the doctor now has a "successful" clinic where two thirds of her work is for "women seeking termination".

She gradually increases the gestational age of her abortions:
"Moving to D&E required some gradual work, first to 16 weeks, and then six months later to 20 weeks."

(Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): Sharp-edged instruments are used to grasp, twist, and tear the baby’s body into pieces. This continues until the child’s entire body is removed from the womb. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy describes the procedure saying, “The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb.”)

In case you're curious to see what a 20 week old fetus looks like.

What strikes me as odd about the doctor's presentation, is that she seems genuinely puzzled why she encountered difficulties. She writes in a calm, composed and non strident manner. Very professional. Very matter of fact.
"There have been many challenges but when I look at why this has been a successful story, it is because it has been about establishing trust and working across disciplines. I have worked hard to get to know the hospital staff, the health authority personal and invited them into the clinic to see the work done and to convince them the clinic and hospital partnership benefits them in reducing wait lists, costs and increasing training opportunities and retention of excellent staff."

The doctor was successful. In setting up a clinic. To abort babies. Close to viability. Who feel pain.

Yes Mary. This is what we call success. In a pro-abortion world.

Part 1...Women's "Rights"
Part 2...When the truth isn't the truth
Part 3...Translating Dr. Henry Morgentaler
Part 4...Why late-term abortions are not inconsequential
Part 5...Does the fetus matter?

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