OB/GYN Dr. Janet Lefkowitz is debunking the most common and dangerous myths about abortion.
“Abortion is safe and legal. And it is not something to be ashamed of,” she said.
A common abortion myth is that state bans won’t affect us or the people we know. But one in four women will undergo an abortion in their lifetime.
“In Georgia and Alabama alone we have been overwhelmed with the amount of phone calls by people who are just scared that they will be—either their appointments aren’t going to be kept or that they won’t have access to abortion care,” she said. “And there have been hotlines that have had to be started to be able to handle the volume of calls that have come in.”
Another myth is that the statewide bans mean that abortions are now illegal in them, but the procedure is still very much legal in Georgia and Alabama and the laws don’t immediately go into effect.
Many also believe that if you don’t like the ban, you can leave the state.
“This is not just Alabama women who are going to suffer. This is not just Georgia women who are going to suffer,” said Lefkowitz. “This will affect 25 million people.”