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WaPo column touts opening clinic for ‘aftercare abortion’ after SCOTUS leak, calls it a ‘lifeline’


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Following the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion signaling the potential dismantling of Roe vs. Wade this summer, the Washington Post published an op-ed column by an abortionist on Friday touting her new “later abortion” clinic, calling it a “lifeline.”

Morgan Nuzzo, nurse-midwife and co-founder of Partners in Abortion Care, began her column by talking about her “bad day plan for June,” which is the day the Supreme Court officially hands down its ruling. decision on abortion and “a massive rollback of civil and human rights” begins.

Her plan for the day includes “coping strategies: stocking up on comfort foods and favorite beers, hand-picking the people we’d like to be with – the co-workers we feel closest to, the ones we love the most, those who were quietly passing the handkerchiefs when we couldn’t hold back the tears.”

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WaPo column touts opening clinic for ‘aftercare abortion’ after SCOTUS leak, calls it a ‘lifeline’

Abortion rights activist Cristela Luiz (L) confronts an anti-abortion protester during a Ban Our Bodies rally at the foot of the Washington Monument on May 14, 2022 in Washington. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

“We knew we would remember who was with us on the day deer was overthrown. We knew the worst was coming. And given the leaked draft notice, we weren’t wrong. The bad day in June was simply preceded by the bad day in May,” she added.

Nuzzo went on to describe how she and her “obstetrician/gynecologist” partner Diane Horvath performed abortions for 20 years, saying, “[W]We have cared for patients as state legislatures have chipped away at our freedom and the anti-choice movement at our culture.”

The couple have been planning a new abortion clinic since they began to see the Supreme Court being “meticulously stacked” with conservative justices and it will open this fall in Maryland.

The author explained that independent abortion clinics were closing and that “if deer is overthrown, others will follow. That’s why we decided to open our clinic, even if the future is uncertain.”

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WaPo column touts opening clinic for ‘aftercare abortion’ after SCOTUS leak, calls it a ‘lifeline’

Abortion rights protesters wave flags during a protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the Supreme Court may be on the verge of overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report.
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While many states are expected to ban abortions if Roe falls, their clinic “could soon become one of the most southern abortion providers in the country. It will be a lifeline for patients in our community and throughout Southeast and across the country”.

Nuzzo wrote that their abortion clinic will “specialize in post-abortion care,” which is the preferred pro-choice phrase for the better-known “late abortion.” According to her abortion clinic’s website, “She is one of the few midwives trained to provide abortion care through all trimesters.”

Instead of offering the typical answer that late-term abortions are performed only because of fetal health problems or abnormalities, the main reason she gave was that women “just didn’t know yet that they were pregnant.” She cited a study that “most people seeking a second-trimester abortion discovered their pregnancy after eight weeks, and 1 in 5 discovered theirs after 20 weeks,” indicating elective abortions.

“We will provide abortion care later just because people need it and will probably need it even more if deer is overthrown,” Nuzzo said.

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A Washington Post column highlights the urgency for a new abortion clinic in Maryland to help women terminate their pregnancies if Roe v Wade is dismantled.
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“There is nothing easy about starting a clinic, of course. Especially now. I fear for the safety of my family and mine,” she wrote.

She wrote of the financial burdens, “Additionally, we have to rely on crowdfunding to help get our clinic started. This is sadly the reality of healthcare in 2022.” But, then, in the next paragraph, he said, “So many people have rallied around us as we prepare to open our clinic. People are supporting their local abortion funds and independent clinics like ours. through Keep Our Clinics.”

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“Even though we believe the worst is coming, our community stands up for our patients and for each other. As abortion providers, we see the best in our communities every day. And that gives me hope. “, she concluded.

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