A Matter of Trust

Baby5mos When I became pregnant with my first child in 1988, I had to find an obstetrician. So I asked friends for recommendations and began making calls. When the receptionist answered the phone, I asked, "Does your practice provide abortion services?"

If the answer was, "Yes," I said, "Thank you very much," and went to the next name on the list.

One answer was, "No we don't, but we can refer you to someone who does." I said, "Thank you very much," and went to the next name on the list.

When one receptionist said, "No Dr. B doesn't do abortions because he objects to them on moral grounds," I knew had found my obstetrician. Dr. B took good care of me – and my children – through my first two pregnancies. My daughters are now twenty-one and twenty years old, respectively.

I knew, even at that young age, that I did not want to support with my dollars anyone who did abortions. Also, something within me felt very uncomfortable at the thought of entrusting the life of my child to someone who would be equally at home preserving or terminating it.

Blood-money This OB search came to mind recently, as America's legislators debate whether to allocate public funds to Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading abortion provider.

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