Abortion doulas brace for increasingly fraught work if Roe falls

Marisa Iati
Washington Post

Washington — Inside the abortion clinic, Kelsey Grimes reminds patients to breathe. She holds their hands and tells them she knows they have made the right decision for themselves. When it's over, she brings them soda and heating pads as they recover in a reclining chair.

This has been Grimes's routine since she became a volunteer abortion doula in 2014, seeking to accompany women through what may be one of the most intimate experiences of their lives. While battles over abortion access rage outside her Washington, D.C., clinic, inside, Grimes bears witness to patients after they have made their decision.