I Treated Women Who Had Illegal Abortions.

Phoebe Cohen
5 min readJun 24, 2022

“She stuck a piece of vacuum cleaner into her vagina,” the nurse says.

It’s 2015. I’m working as an interfacility paramedic in a large conservative state. I and an EMT working with me have just been dispatched out to a rural hospital. We need to transport a female patient from the smaller hospital to a large surgical center on the coast.