Fort Myers, Florida — At the Planned Parenthood Health Center on the Gulf Coast, Florida. New restrictions Who can have an abortion shakes everyday life and poses challenges for clinic patients, doctors and nurses.
The center in Fort Myers has steadily attracted patients from Texas and other states that have tightened access to this procedure over the past year since September last year when all abortions except the first abortion were banned. Is flowing into.
Also, it is adjusted according to the waiting period. Effective After years of proceedings in Florida in April, patients seeking an abortion had to undergo an ultrasound and wait at least 24 hours before returning to actual treatment. And a new state law banning most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, rather than the current 24 weeks, will come into effect on July 1.
In addition to these changes, the Supreme Court is ready to make a ruling that could overturn the Roe v. Wade case, a 1973 ruling that legalizes abortion across the United States.Florida is not included in the 13 states So-called trigger methodIf Roe capsizes, almost all abortions will be banned immediately. However, because of such legislation in some neighboring states, the center could see more visitors from outside the state after the ruling. And the Florida Parliament could set more restrictions.
Many Florida patients undergo a drug abortion, including taking two different drugs, every 24-48 hours, allowing the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. However, the center also offers surgical abortions up to almost 22 weeks of gestation, at least until new legislation comes into force. We also offer pelvic and breast examinations, various types of contraception, examination and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and other types of assisted reproductive technology.
Protesters are almost constant in the center. The planned parent-child relationship moved to a new, larger building in 2020. One morning in January, dozens of protesters blocked the entrance and at least nine were arrested. Staff working that day were afraid that the building itself would be torn, but when they pressed the panic button to lock the door and police arrived immediately, a planned parent-child relationship between southwestern and central Florida. Stephanie Freim, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company, said.
One afternoon in May, a 72-year-old former nurse was in a group of Catholic protesters gathered outside the center, praying that people wouldn’t choose the procedure. “Abortion is not health care,” said a retired nurse who asked her to be identified only by her name, Gwen. “Murder at either end of your life is not health care.”
The next day, two 27-year-old mothers were waiting for a surgical abortion to begin. She said she wanted to continue her pregnancy. However, she and her fiancé were struggling with how much they could afford to live with her third child, so she decided to oppose it. Her fiancé was thinking of getting a second job, but she wanted him to have time to spend with her daughters.
When the procedure began, Dr. Stacey Delin, then Deputy Medical Director of the Center, worked immediately while the patient wept softly on the examination table and the fiancé was clasping his hand. A few minutes later, when the abortion was over, the couple hugged for a long time. She was in her 11th week of pregnancy.
Roe v. Wade
What is the Roe v. Wade case? The Roe v. Wade case is a groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion across the United States. The 7-2 decision was announced on January 22, 1973. Judge Harry A. BlackmanA modest Midwestern Republican and advocate of the right to abortion wrote: Majority opinion..
“It was heavy for me,” the patient later said, looking back on his experience. “That wasn’t what I wanted to do, but that’s what we have to do as a couple, which will benefit our family and children.”
Dr. Delin returned to New York last month. She previously worked as a quasi-medical director of planned parent-child relationships in Greater New York, but in states where abortion is legal if the abortion is up to 24 weeks, or if the fetus cannot survive or the patient has no life. I practiced again or my health is at stake, regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling. Part of the reason she left Florida was that if the new law came into force as planned, abortions after 15 weeks of gestation would no longer be allowed.
“The state you live in should not determine the health care you have access to,” she said.
Gabriella Busker Report from Fort Myers, and Abbey Goodnuff From Washington.