Once a Pro-Lifer, She'll Soon Perform Abortions

Med student details what changed her mind
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2009 1:30 PM CDT
George Dugan, left, and Gina Burrows, both of Lawrence, Kan., gather for a candlelight vigil for Dr. George Tiller at a park in Lawrence, Kan., Sunday, May 31, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – Rozalyn Farmer Love grew up Catholic, taught that abortions are categorically wrong. But the third-year medical student delved into women's health, meeting women in agonizing situations along the way, and realized that although "ending an unwanted pregnancy is a tragedy," it's far worse to deny "safe, competent care" to women, she writes in the Washington Post.

"The choices I saw women struggling with were forcing me to question my old convictions," Love explains. She was shocked to learn that pro-life groups' description of partial-birth abortion is "misleading and graphically politicized," and even more dismayed that her peers "were puzzled that a pro-choice group was talking about wanting to reduce abortions."
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