Does it matter why women have abortions?

Emily Douglas
August 21, 2012


We should care about the reasons people have an abortion ONLY so we can know how to holistically support them.

This opinion article takes a broad view and answers yes– reasons for abortion matter not because we should judge who is worthy of an abortion, but because they help us understand how best to help. People seeking abortion may just need an abortion; some are facing a host of other social stressors (including abusive and/or coercive partners), and understanding their lives is the first step to providing better support.

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