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Abortion Diary Entry 167: Leah Coplon, MPH, RN

In this episode, Leah Coplon talks about her path to becoming an abortion care provider, how abortion fits into the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care, what it’s really like in the clinic, and what it means to connect with other independent abortion care providers.

This episode was made in collaboration with Abortion Care Network (ACN) and was recorded at their 2019 annual conference. ACN is a nonprofit membership organization for independent abortion clinics. Independent clinics — like Maine Family Planning, where Leah Coplon works — provide the majority of abortion care in the U.S. ACN provides the staff of those clinics with support, training, and resources.

Leah Coplon MPH, RN is the Program Director at Maine Family Planning, overseeing abortion care and strategizing for innovative ways of reaching rural patients to increase access to abortion, contraception, and transgender health services. Leah worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at the University of New England. She has practiced full-scope midwifery, worked as a labor and delivery nurse, and has been in the field of reproductive health for over 25 years. Leah received a BA in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College and her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science from Philadelphia University and a Master of Public Health from the University of New England and is board certified as a Nurse Midwife with the American College of Nurse Midwives.

(Published on August 19, 2019)

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It’s not just me.

Abortion Diary Entry 165: C.G.C., 20 (Manchester, England 2012)*

C.G.C. shares her story of traveling from Galway, Ireland to Manchester, England for an abortion when she was 16 years old.  Ireland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.  It is estimated that every day an average of 10 women travel from Ireland to Britain for an abortion.  On May 25th, voters in Ireland will vote on repealing its constitutional ban on abortion (the Eighth Amendment).

(Published on May 10, 2018 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Galway, Ireland)

*This story was recorded in June of 2016.

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I know I did the right thing

Abortion Diary Entry 164: Sue P., 72 (South Orange, NJ 1965 )

Sue shares her story of seeking an illegal abortion in 1965, 8 years before that landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, which guarantees the right to safe and legal abortion in the United States. She also talks about her experiences in the Women’s Movement, founding a women’s theatre troupe (It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre), and directing a documentary about Connie Cook, a progressive Republican NY Assemblywoman who wrote the legislation that decriminalized abortion in New York State in 1970.

(Published on January 24, 2018 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Ithaca, NY)

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no one ever talks about it

Abortion Diary Entry 163: Hunt, 33 (Bossier City, LA 2015)

Hunt shares her experience seeking an abortion in Louisiana. She talks about being lied to at a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC), driving several hours to one of the few remaining abortion clinics in Louisiana, and the lack of affordable medical care in her community. She also shares her experience talking to some of her friends and family about her decision to get an abortion.

(Published on November 17, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Lafayette, LA)

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I wish mothers told daughters

Abortion Diary Entry 162: Christina F., 35 (Birmingham, AL 2013)

Christina, a single mother, shares her story of seeking an abortion in Alabama.

(Published on October 2, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Tuscaloosa, AL)

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Nobody talked to me about birth control

Abortion Diary Entry 160: Lisa, 48 (Michigan, 1986)

Lisa shares her story of seeking an abortion as a freshman in college and also talks about her birth experiences in her thirties. She also discusses her abortion experience with her daughter on the podcast.

(Published on August 15, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Farmington Hills, MI)

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It’s okay to have it be messy

Abortion Diary Entry 159: Marisol, 32 (Dhaka, Bangladesh 2011)

Marisol shares her experience of having an abortion with the help of Women on Web while she was working in Bangladesh.

(Published on August 1, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New York, NY)

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I feel like it’s a scarlet A

Abortion Diary Entry 158: Jackie, 37 (Cincinnati, OH 2004)

Jackie shares her story of traveling to Cincinnati, OH from Louisville, KY for an abortion, and talks about her experience working in public health in New Orleans, LA.

(Published on June 8, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: New Orleans, LA)

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There still was a reluctance to say it out loud

Abortion Diary Entry 157: Alison, 55 (New York, NY 1979, Kalamazoo, MI 1979 and Rochester, NY 1982)

Alison shares her experiences of seeking abortions at different times in her life. She also talks about of being a surviver of sexual assault.

(Published on May 16, 2017 | Listener: Melissa Madera | Location: Granville, OH)

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