Woman Says Her Christian Upbringing Led Her to Perform Abortions. Here’s Her Reasoning.


In August, Yahoo! Health wrote a piece entitled, “For Doctors-to-Be, an Agonizing Question Looms: to Perform Abortions or Not?” The article featured four narratives from obstetrics and gynecology residents who entered abortion training.

One ObGyn resident, Dr. Carolyn Payne, was initially excited to read the narratives but was disappointed to find that the narratives were lacking.

In a piece for xojane, she writes:

“[T]he authors failed to include what I would consider to be the important resident voices on this topic: those who were called into this profession to provide abortions, and are not afraid, embarrassed, or ashamed to say so.”

Dr. Payne claims that, in part, it was her normal upbringing that made her passionately want to be an abortion provider.

“[M]y Midwest, Christian upbringing is largely responsible for my belief that providing abortion services is one of the most meaningful ways I feel I can contribute to making the world a more fair and equal place for women,” she explains.

She lists the parental guidance she received as an additional contributing factor to her decision.

“I never experienced unplanned pregnancy because I was fortunate enough to have parents who understood the normalcy of teenage sexuality, and provided me education and opportunities to prevent undesired pregnancy and disease.”

Unfortunately, as she grew older she realized that not everyone was so lucky.Screen-Shot-2015-09-28-at-11.30.48-AM

Gender inequality existed, and she realized that the world was not one where women and men were equal.

“I realize this is a privilege in our society and that is unjust. All women who desire contraception should have it; it’s necessary for women to be able to achieve their goals. Not because women are sluts, but because women are humans, and humans do have sex.”

So as Dr. Payne made her way through medical school she made a decision— she would provide abortions.

Here are her reasons.

She believes that providing abortions is fair.

“I think it is fair to women who did not have the education, tools, or resources to prevent pregnancy. I think it is fair because our government does a poor job providing the public health resources necessary to prevent unplanned pregnancy. I think it is fair to provide women with safe termination when their life is in jeopardy.”

She argues that doing so will save women when a pregnancy puts their life in jeopardy.

“Saving women’s lives, and enabling women to have both the public and private life she desires is a very good thing.”

She believes that by providing abortions is a social good.

“I think it is fair to children, that they are born into a world where they are wanted, and loved, and cared for, and have the resources they need to thrive. I think abortion is a social good and a tremendous way in which physicians can contribute to a more socially just world.”

Dr. Payne hopes that one day she will become pregnant, and when she does she hopes that her doctor will have been trained to provide abortions.

“I hope that my doctor will put my life and health first. That is what I would want, and that is what I will provide to my patients.”

Because in her opinion, it’s the right thing to do.