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Abortionist tells patient: spread your legs, you know how

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Merle Hoffman, who co-founded and ran an abortion clinic for many years, talks about sexist remarks several of her abortion doctors made to patients:

… some doctors would make blatantly sexist remarks. “Come on, you knew how to spread your legs before you got here, you can spread them for the exam,” a doctor once chided. Another commanded a patient to keep still, saying, “Keep your backside on the table – you should know pretty well how to do that by now.”

Merle Hoffman Intimate Wars: the Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room (New York: Feminist Press, 2012) 76 – 77

This is a pro-choice book, and in it Hoffman defends her career as an abortion provider. So she has no pro-life bias.

You can see how these doctors are not exactly champions of women’s rights.  It is clear that these doctors are not motivated by wanting to help women. Perhaps it is the money they can make doing abortions that motivates them. 

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