A Moral Choice: As Pressure Mounts, Faith Sustains Veteran ABQ Doctor Who Performs Third-Trimester Abortions
Boyd says he was “astounded” by the court’s decision on Roe v. Wade.
“My nurse and my assistant, we just shouted, we were embracing each other, and I said, ‘Oh, thank God almighty, it’s over,’” he says.
But the buoyancy of the court victory didn’t last. In the decades since, Boyd has dealt with protesters picketing his office, chaining themselves to his surgical tables in protest, and hurling constant death threats at him and his colleagues.
“For me, the worst has been since abortion was legalized,” he says.
Boyd insists that federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service have been more willing to help clinics against threats of violence under Democratic administrations. “We had names to call, telephone numbers to call [of federal authorities] if we had any problem,” he says.
As soon as Donald Trump became president, Boyd says that stopped again. “As always, it’s politics,” he says.
Willie J. Parker, an obstetrician based in Washington, D.C., didn’t always perform abortions. He’s a Christian from Birmingham, Ala., who initially refused to even consider the procedure.
But about halfway into his 20-year career, he changed his mind. Now, he’s one of those rare doctors who is willing to push the limits and provide abortions at 24 weeks of pregnancy. That places him among only about 11 percent of all abortion providers who will do the procedure that late in the second trimester.