Today The Abortioneers would like to dedicate your attention to Dr. William Harrison--a deeply passionate and exceptionally skilled obstetrician who dedicated his life to serving women and families of the Midwest. It is with heavy hearts and tinging uteri that we contemplate the passing of Dr. Harrison and the closing of an Arkansas clinic where patients received the full spectrum of reproductive care.
As an active member of the ever-small (and decidedly dwindling?) abortion-care community, Dr. Harrison was never short on powerful and compassionate insight. You can read about his experiences as an abortion warrior at Fayetteville Women's Clinic website. Notably, in Why I Provide Abortions, Dr. Harrison describes an encounter as a third-year medical student with a 40-plus-year-old woman, a poverty-stricken mother of several children, in 1967, who upon discovering another pregnancy, poignantly lamented: "Oh God, doctor, I was hoping it was cancer."
Beyond our loss of one of our fiercest and most vocal first-generation-post-Roe doctors and the CLOSING OF ONE OF FRIGHTENINGLY-FEW COMPREHENSIVE CARE CENTERS IN THE US, The Abortioneers can't help but to re-recite this ever-impending statistic: The United States and Canada face a dangerous shortage of trained abortion providers. In 2000, 87% of the counties in the United States had no provider. The “graying” of current providers (57% of whom are over the age of 50), violence that targets physicians, and restrictive legislation threaten to drive these numbers even lower. In addition, medical schools are simply not addressing the topic; most physicians are graduating with little more than circumstantial knowledge of abortion.
We are comforted by Dr. Harrison's prevailing faith and inspired by a legacy he conscientiously ensured almost to the very day that he died.