Demystifying MVA Abortions: The Papaya Workshop

A common perception of the Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) abortion is that the procedure is scary, complicated, and intense. The purpose of this Papaya workshop is to debunk this myth through education and hands-on activities for a non-clinical audience. Using papayas as uterine models, participants will be introduced and perform their own MVA abortion. In addition to physically practicing the procedure, the audience will also learn and role play patient-centered language. This workshop is an excellent way to bridge the gap between abortion providers and abortion advocates with no clinical experience. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of the actual medical procedure, audiences will be better informed and equipped as abortion activists and advocates. Participants will then take their newfound knowledge to help demystify abortion in their organizations and broader communities.

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