Abortion clinic worker: “The destruction is hard”

A clinic worker identified as “Sarina” said:

And, in the beginning, yes, I remember standing behind this woman’s shoulder [as an abortionist performed a second trimester abortion] and thinking, I can’t do this …Features are discernible, you can count five fingers on a hand, and five toes on a foot. You know, all the organ systems are formed. You know, you can see ears as structures, and the nose and eyes as structures…I think the destruction is hard.

Wendy Simonds Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic (New Brunswich, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996) 96-97

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