have to swallow hard when you read statements like this from a student at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Julie Vermeulen is a member of the “Wesleyan Doula Project,” which she fancies as a kind of bridge between the abortion clinic staff and the pregnant woman. “I think that everyone deserves compassionate care, basically,” Vermeulen told the Wesleyan Argus, the student newspaper. “And this is obviously a political issue, but I really see it as a humanitarian issue. So whatever your politics are, I think that good, compassionate care is a human right. I think as doulas, we help make that happen.” The project members stress that every case is different. Some women are nervous, some wonder if God will “hate” them after they abort their child, others cry, still others are guilty. “I remind them, ‘This is a choice that you’re making,’” Camille Casareno told assistant features editor Max Lee. “It’s a good choice, if that’s what she had thought before. And it’s the right choice for her family, if it’s the right choice for her.” (Doublespeak anyone?) Lee informs us But the role of the doula is not constrained to talking. Much of the job is about physical comfort and helping the patient through the procedure with as little pain as possible. … As with all of the members of the Wesleyan Doula Project, she also helps patients breathe, as failing to breathe properly increases muscle tension in the patients and ultimately makes the procedure more painful. MORE