The New York Times featured an op-ed from abortionist Christine Henneberg about the “ethical duty” of doctors to share stories about abortions.
The article “Why Abortion Stories Matter” focused on what Henneberg believed as a moral imperative for doctors to share ordinary experiences with abortion in order to “humanize” their work and support people in a “post-Roe world.”
“Now more than ever, abortion providers must share the ordinary and extraordinary stories we witness — to humanize our work, to advocate for our patients, to move people. This is the impetus behind my writing and the work of other doctors,” Henneberg wrote.
She continued, “In a post-Roe world, abortion providers see our patients’ rights to privacy and bodily autonomy violated every day. It is our ethical duty to expose that violation to the world.”
Henneberg called this action as an effort to “silence the doctors” forced to deal with “the disastrous consequences” of abortion restrictions.
Dr. Caitlin Bernard’s story was picked up by national media as a result of stricter abortion laws. (REUTERS/Callaghan OHare)
“When Dr. Bernard was reprimanded by Indiana’s medical board for violating her young patient’s privacy (she discussed the case with a reporter without revealing a single traceable element of the patient’s identity), we saw proof of a new, disturbing reality of the post-Roe era: Abortion opponents don’t merely want to ban abortion. They want to silence the doctors who bear witness to the disastrous consequences of such cruel and unjust legislation,” she wrote.