Abortion Is A Controversial Procedure Essay

1341 Words Dec 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Abortion is a very controversial procedure that has been around for hundreds of years. It is estimated that just about three thousand abortions are done each day in the US. This procedure is done for a number of reasons, not just an unwanted child as many assume. It seems as if just about everyone has their own opinion when it comes to this topic, be it fueled by religious reasons or otherwise. “We do abortions here: a nurse’s story” is the first hand account of a nurse that provides these abortions.
Throughout the nurse’s piece she often finds herself struggling to find a balance within her job. She states, “ I look at abortion as if I am standing on a cliff with a telescope, gazing at a great vista. I can sweep the horizon with both eyes, survey the scene in all its distance and size. Or I can put my eyes to the lens and focus on the small details, suddenly its so close. In abortion the absolute must always be temoered by the contextual, because both are real, both valid, both hard. How can we do this? How can we refuse? Each abortion is a measure of our failure to protect, to nourish our own. Each basin I empty is a promise-but a promise broken long ago.”(Pg 378) It comes across that although she finds herself somewhat grieving for the loss of a human being she is also grieving for the mother, the shame she feels having to resort to abortion due to social stigma, and the situation that got her there, whether it be rape or miseducation. By “each abortion is a measure of…

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