This story is from the UK. But I have personally heard two exactly the same stories in Canada:
My own experiences of maternity care so far have been a mixed bag, my GP’s first question to me not being “How are you feeling?”, but a growl of “Do you want to keep it?”
“Do you want to keep it?” is not the standard of care I’m after. She makes some other sensible points throughout the article, all the while maintaining her pro-choice status. It is possible to find these points of agreement. However, I’d argue that a hospital that aborts babies on one floor and delivers them on the next isn’t in the world’s best position to really help women through their pregnancies.
Deborah adds: When I first found I was pregnant with my first, I didn’t have a doctor yet, so I went to the local walk-in clinic in hopes they could refer me to someone. The doctor could tell I was pleased to be pregnant, but guess what the nurse asked me after he sent her in to try to set me up with a (regular) doctor? She came in and first said, “I’ll see about getting you a doctor appointment” then left the room and returned a few seconds later, “do you want to keep it? What doctor I send you to depends on that.” I was absolutely appalled. (My husband said that I should have exclaimed, “you can kill it for me?!”)
Fortunately with my current second pregnancy even the receptionist at my doctor’s office immediately congratulated me, and my doctor didn’t even have to ask (and yes, the most common question I keep getting is “how do you feel?”). I still very uncomfortable going to a hospital that aborts babies. With my previous high-risk pregnancy, how could I trust that they would give their all to save my son if things didn’t go well and they don’t even recognize him as a person?by