Oregon OB-GYN educates TikTok followers about TX abortion ban
Dr. Jennifer Lincoln shares facts about women’s reproductive health with more than 2 million TikTok followers. She says a new abortion ban in Texas will cause problems.
PORTLAND, Oregon – A well-known Portland doctor who specializes in women’s reproductive health criticizes a new abortion ban in Texas and is working to share facts about abortion and women’s health with her more than two million TikTok followers.
Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is a gynecologist.
“This will not reduce abortion rates,” Lincoln said of the new law in Texas. “It will only decrease access to safe abortion.”
The law went into effect last week after the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 not to repeal it.
It is the strictest law of its kind in the country prohibiting all abortions after fetal heart activity is detected, usually around six weeks after pregnancy.
“The majority of people don’t know by week six that they are pregnant,” said Lincoln. “I would be happy for [these politicians] to hang out with me just for a job and child relocation to see the emotionally and physically demanding things we see. “
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The law does not provide any exceptions for victims of rape, incest, or domestic violence.
“This is physically and emotionally traumatic,” said Lincoln.
The controversial ban also encourages ordinary people to report anyone who helps with access to abortion. There are some exceptions for women with serious health problems.
“I can guarantee you that the vendors are interpreting it very conservatively for fear of being prosecuted and not being able to practice,” said Lincoln.
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People caught in Texas helping a woman get an abortion can face a fine of up to $ 10,000. This applies to family members, providers, even passengers.
Uber and Lyft have already committed to paying their drivers legal fees if they become involved in legal disputes.
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Lincoln said she intends to change the minds of people who oppose abortion, but she wants to encourage people to respect the difficult health choices of others.
“Pregnancy and childbirth are not low-risk situations. And seeing people trying to sort it out without a medical background defies the patient-doctor relationship,” Lincoln said. “Your beliefs are your beliefs, and other people can choose differently, and we can all live together.”
Lincoln’s new book, Let’s Talk About Down There, explores stigmatization around women’s reproductive health, answers frequently asked questions, and dispels misunderstandings.