SOME of the pregnant women who arrive at Buffalo Womenservices in upstate New York are there for checkups or tours of the birth center, with its pool and homey delivery room. Others arrive to talk to a doctor, nurse or counselor. But they are not waiting for prenatal tests. They are there to get abortions.
Buffalo Womenservices is unusual because it is a birth and abortion center in one. It is part of an effort to reframe reproductive care as a continuum — the phrase for it is “full-spectrum reproductive health” — that spans both birth and abortion. Facilities for each are typically distinct.
Combining the two in one place underlines how many women experience both birth and abortion. Three in 10 women will have an abortion in their lives; eight out of 10 will give birth. About 61 percent of women who have an abortion already have at least one child.
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