In August of 2017, Live Action News ran an excerpt from Abby Johnson’s book, The Walls are Talking, in which an anonymous abortion worker tells the story of a woman who came to their facility pregnant with quadruplets.
The woman was being pressured into an abortion by her partner, and after showing up at the facility several times and leaving without an abortion, she came in bleeding. Another abortion facility had given her the abortion pill, even though she was in her second trimester.
The woman delivered three fully formed, intact babies, two of whom came out with their arms around each other.
The first baby fell into the toilet…we hurried her to the procedure room. It was then that the next two babies fell out and were hanging from her. The arms of the perfectly formed lifeless baby boys were wrapped around each other.… We cradled the tiny intact babies in our arms and cried for them.
The last baby had to be removed surgically.
We now have the name of the abortion worker who told this story. She is Myra Kincaid, and the incident happened at a Planned Parenthood in Baltimore, Maryland. Kincaid explained why the sight of the dead babies upset the workers so much: “We were used to pieces, not a whole baby.”
Other abortion workers have gotten upset when a woman delivered an aborted baby whole. In an article in the medical journal Social Science & Medicine, the authors quote an abortion worker recounting the following story.
We had someone pretty much deliver [her aborted baby before the procedure was underway] – and [the baby] wasn’t dismembered, the way all the other fetuses are … we had this totally intact dead fetus …. Normally [it is] in pieces we just put it in the bucket. But it felt so horribly wrong to just throw it in the bucket with all the fetal parts so we got its own jar …. and [the surgical assistant] went outside and picked some flowers and got some leaves and we wrapped it up in one of the blue pads [as a blanket.]
The abortion workers were used to seeing bits and pieces of dismembered babies, but somehow, seeing the complete, intact body of an aborted child upset them. Maybe it is harder for abortion workers to deny they are killing babies when they are forced to dispose of a fully intact child. It seems people who have hardened themselves to seeing pieces of babies find themselves at a loss when the child is whole and unmarked. When the aborted baby is intact, the truth of his or her humanity seems harder for these workers to deny.
- Lisa A. Martin, PhD, Jane A. Hassinger, MSW, Michelle Debbink, MD, PhD, Lisa H. Harris, MD, PhD “Dangertalk: Voices of abortion providers” Social Science & Medicine 184 (2017) 75e83
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