My first hysterectomy as a resident was on a 16-year-old who had an illegal abortion. Her pelvis was nothing but pus. That’s the sort of thing we saw all the time. I admitted about two or three women like this every night. That’s what we’re headed towards now. We’re heading back to those days.
To all those who are dealing with unsupportive families on this holiday weekend in homes where you feel unsafe and can’t be who you really are, I just want say that I’m thinking of you.