An interesting question from a reader:
my mother (in her mid-50′s) is an OB/Gyn Nurse Practicioner. she refuses to have anything to do with abortions. as anyone can imagine, we fight about this a LOT. the screwy thing is, she actually agrees with most abortions. everytime i point her to this or that abortion related travesty(such as the EMT, or those poor girls in Romania and Poland) she gets as mad as i do. but, years ago, she had to help in a 3rd trimester abortion, and at the time, as the surgerical nurse, she had the job of taking the fetus parts and putting them together and making sure that none of them had been missed. she admits freely that this is her entire “problem” with abortion – it grossed her out. (which, btw, is just WRONG, this is the woman who petitioned my surgeon to scrub in on my next hip surgery because she thought it was an interesting surgery. she wanted to perform surgery on her eldest daughter. just… morbid…)
how can i get her past this image? she KNOWS most abortions aren’t like that, and that damned near any “late-term abortion” is to save to woman’s life, she doesn’t agree with “moral clauses” (she just won’t work someplace that does abortions, and she took a salary hit to do so), she believe that abortion is a right, as is birth control. the thing is, in my experience, most people who wont do abortions don’t do them for the same reason my mother won’t – its squicks them out. maybe we can find a way to get them all past that?