Out In The Open

'It's just better for me to stay silent': Doctor feels unable to voice abortion views at work, in community

A doctor explains why she rarely talks about her views on abortion in either her faith community or at work because of the stigma she feels her beliefs hold in their respective contexts.

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This story was originally published on October 25, 2019.

A doctor who we've agreed not to name says she's personally against abortion, partially because of her faith, and chooses not to offer such services as an obstetrician and gynaecologist.

But she also says abortion services are central to women's health and believes in the right to obtain them.

As she tells Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay, she rarely talks about either of these stances – her faith at work or her support of abortion services among her faith community – because of the stigma she feels her beliefs hold in those contexts.

This story appears in the Out in the Open episode "Silence Yourself".