As you develop your skills and begin your job search, reflect on how public you want to be as an abortion provider. This decision will be influenced by your local environment and family situation. Your stance may evolve as your career, personal relationships, and political environment change. Regardless of how public you decide to be, it is important to consider personal security precautions. It may be safer to begin with tighter security and become more lax in the future, than the reverse. Taking some basic precautions may also help reduce the stress of living and working in an environment where you could be targeted.
You can start by considering your online security, with privacy settings on social media, avoidance of personal photographs connected to your name, and avoidance of your name on public records (such as home purchases). To avoid having your private information accessible, opt-out information is usually hidden within the “privacy statement” or in website FAQs. Most sites require that you send in a written letter with some proof of your identity and statement that your safety is at risk. There is no cost for doing this. More information and a sample letter are available for you here.
Talk to providers in your area about their own personal security precautions. It is helpful to get mentorship from a provider with security knowledge and personal experience before you get started rather than to remedy problems after they occur. National Abortion Federation members can be provided with personal security assessments, in addition to clinic security support. Physicians for Reproductive Health has launched the Partnership for Physician Safety which aims to supply abortion providers with the information and resources needed to be more secure at home, at work, and in their communities. See Personal Security Tips for more specific advice. And see Chapter 10 Office Practice Integration for detailed information on clinic security.
Physicians for Reproductive Health has launched the Partnership for Physician Safety which aims to supply abortion providers with the information and resources needed to be more secure at home, at work, and in their communities. See the supplementary tool Personal Security Tips for more specific advice on personal security. And see Chapter 11 Office Practice Integration for detailed information on clinic security.
There is a proud, egalitarian, and cooperative history of sexual and reproductive health care that informs the training process around abortion. This movement and the integration of comprehensive reproductive health training into the core curriculum of many professional training programs have vastly changed the delivery of reproductive health care in this country. As we proceed with efforts to improve training and access to abortion services, there are many inspiring examples of collaboration within and across disciplines, not only between specialties, but also between clinicians, staff, scientists and activists. Extensive clinical research and expanding evidence has enhanced effective training and practice in reproductive health. We hope this workbook has given you the knowledge and enthusiasm to join with us as providers and to further expand access to these essential healthcare services.