It’s the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers! This little known holiday, on the heels of International Women’s Day, occurs every year on the anniversary of the death of Dr. David Gunn, who was murdered by anti-abortion extremists back in 1993.
Abortion providers take on much needed, but heavily stigmatized work. And they risk their lives to do so.
Today is a day for stepping back and appreciating abortion providers. It’s a day to appreciate the healthcare providers that make sure the one in three women that have an abortion in this country receive safe and compassionate care, despite the risks from some anti-abortion extremists in doing so.
Physicians for Reproductive Health offered healthcare providers around the nation the opportunity to speak about why they provide abortions, and it’s a powerful testament to the many reasons doctors provide abortions as an extension of caring about the health and wellness of their patients.
Dr. Serina Floyd from Alexandria, Va. says:
Why do I provide abortions? Because women need them. Because if I didn’t, there would be one less person who understands and is willing to care for the woman who finds herself pregnant at a time when she is not ready for a(nother) child. One less person who can be there to support and provide care to the woman who discovers complications with her pregnancy. One less person who can provide compassionate care to the woman who is pregnant as a result of sexual assault. Why do I provide abortions? Because I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a part of a woman’s life when she has to make such an important decision. Why do I provide abortions? Because I care.
I provide because there is a need. Women need safe abortions in kind environments. I provide because I believe that physicians should put patients first and be a source of comfort and service in their most vulnerable moments. I provide because my conscience compels me to.
So make sure to thank a provider today; you can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #AppreciateProviders and #NDAAP.