When people seek medical care they hope to find a supportive environment. They do not expect an interrogators looking for a confession. When health care workers suspect a crime, is a confession required before treatment is given? Will treatment be different if women were found guilty of abortion? What is essential about treating women suffering complications for abortion?
According to the standards set by the World Health Organization, treatment for women who have complications from incomplete abortions whether intentional or unintentional remain the same. Urgent attention must be given to prevent excess bleeding which is the main cause of death for these cases. Infection should also be prevented and or managed immediately to prevent further disability or death. Relief from pain is also an important intervention that needs close collaboration with the client as different clients have various pain thresholds.
The challenge set is how the medical profession along with other health professions can transform postabortion care to convey an atmosphere of healing, forgiveness and compassion. This is a point seldom heard, a lone voice among those who would rather turn away patients in the effort to avoid being party to a crime or most health workers think of as a sin. The message urges us to reflect once more to ask ourselves: “does causing others to sin by trying to avoid sin justified?”
Client: ASAP (Asia Safe Abort
Project: Video Editing and Animation