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Abortion After Roe$
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Johanna Schoen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621180

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621180.001.0001

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Truths, Lies, and Partial Truths

Truths, Lies, and Partial Truths

The Debate Surrounding Intact D&E

(p.199) 6 Truths, Lies, and Partial Truths
Abortion After Roe

Johanna Schoen

University of North Carolina Press

The escalation of anti-abortion violence and killing of abortion providers and clinic staff in the early 1990s raised tensions within the abortion provider community. Frustrated with what they perceived as inadequate support, NAF members began to leave the organization and established the November Gang and the National Coalition of Abortion Providers. Much smaller than NAF and made up of mostly independent clinics, both the November Gang and NCAP encouraged more open conversations about the difficult questions in abortion care such as the role of violence and fetal death. Members of the November Gang also introduced head and heart counselling to offer women greater support as they dealt with the increasing stigmatization of abortion. The development of intact D&E and debate of the so-called partial birth abortion ban further increased tensions in the abortion provider community as abortion providers and their supporters disagreed over whether and how to defend intact D&E procedures. When the US Supreme Court decision upheld the ban of intact D&E in its decision Gonzales v. Carhart, anti-abortion activists had, for the first time, successfully banned an abortion procedure. Despite these developments, patients continued to affirm their right to choose abortion.

Keywords:   Anti-abortion violence, Lambs of Christ, FACE law, David Gunn, Patient experience, Abortion provider experience, Intact D&E, Partial birth abortion, Gonzales v. Carhart

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