A former abortionist describes this specific procedure below:
Abortionists Admit Crushing Skulls of “Babies”
In the book, Heller comments on how in a second-trimester abortion, “the creamy brain tissue pours onto the speculum,”2 and said:
I experience a mixture of horror and relief when I crush the skull of a second-trimester fetus, knowing that I will be able to safely complete the procedure, but also I will see the squashed face and bulging eyes of the baby I just killed.1
Although elsewhere in his essay, Heller refers to a preborn baby as just “potential life,” he uses the term “baby” here. Heller knows he violently kills babies.
Many abortionists have also used the word “baby,” when admitting what it is they do during an abortion.
Another abortionist said in an article in American Medical News, “I have angry feelings at myself for feeling good about grasping the calvaria [head], for feeling good about doing a technically good procedure that destroys a fetus, kills a baby.”
Yet another abortionist said in an interview:
Second-trimester abortions…[are] much more difficult and riskier for the mom, hence the limited number of us who actually do them. They are also unpleasant, because the procedure (dilation and evacuation, D&E) involves pulling out the baby in pieces.
Yet another abortionist, John Parsons, has said, “A late termination is actually not very nice and there is no way of getting away from it, I don’t feel I am doing it for any other reason than for the best of both the mother and the baby.”
Late-Term Abortionist Stuns Reporter
Carhart: To the fetus is makes no difference whether it’s born or not born. The baby has no input in this, as far as I’m concerned.
Hilary Andersson: But it’s interesting that you use the word baby because a lot of abortionists won’t use that. They’ll use the term fetus because they don’t want to acknowledge that there’s a life.
Carhart: I- I think that it is a baby and I tell our- I use it with the patients.
Hilary Andersson: And you don’t have a problem with killing a baby?
Carhart: (Pause) I have no problem if it’s in the mother’s uterus.
Abortionsts kill “babies” in the third trimester
Abortions in the late second and third trimester are sometimes done by induction, during which the abortionist kills the baby with a lethal injection that causes cardiac arrest, and then induces labor.
A former abortionist describes this type of abortion below:
At a September 12, 2018, hearing in Brisbane, late-term abortionist Carol Portmann said, “Basically, for a late termination of pregnancy you just do not induce a baby: you must do a procedure where the baby passes away.”
Dr. George Tiller, who did thousands of abortions in the third trimester before his assassination in 2009 (an act of violence widely condemned by pro-lifers) made the following statement in an article in The Wichita Eagle. He was commenting on a disabled baby he aborted and said, “This baby looks pretty good, I’m sorry that the baby had a lot of problems. But it did.”
Tiller did abortions on many healthy third-trimester babies, but he also killed children who’d been diagnosed with disabilities or fatal conditions. He would take the aborted baby, wrap him or her in a blanket, and give the body to the woman or couple for them to say goodbye to their dead child, who would then be thrown in an incinerator.
While describing this “service” on his website, Dr. Tiller referred to the aborted child as a “baby” over 13 times. For example:
If you wish to see the baby, we call this an identification and separation encounter.
After we deliver and after the twilight anesthesia has worn off so that you will remember the process we will bring the baby to you either at the bedside, or we will go to our quiet room and we will bring the baby to you there….[Y]ou may hold the baby, we will take pictures of you and the family holding the baby if you wish and that is not an uncommon request.…
You have placed this baby in your life someplace and you simply have to start the process of saying goodbye.
Tiller knew he was killing babies.
“Euphemisms” and Seeing the Features of the “Baby”
Judith Arcana committed illegal abortions prior to Roe v. Wade. She said:
We … have dealt heavily, up to now, in euphemism. I think one of the reasons why the “good guys” – the people in favor of abortion rights – lost a lot of ground is that we have been unwilling to talk to women about what it means to abort a baby. We don’t ever talk about babies, we don’t ever talk about what is being decided in abortion…
I performed abortions, I have had an abortion and I am in favor of women having abortions when we choose to do so. But we should never disregard the fact that being pregnant means there is a baby growing inside of a woman, a baby whose life is ended.
Doctors who commit abortions in the first trimester also know they’re killing babies. One said:
Nobody wants to perform abortions after ten weeks because by then you see the features of the baby, hands, feet. It’s really barbaric…
I do them because I take the attitude that women are going to terminate babies and deserve the same kind of treatment as women who carry babies…I’ve done a couple thousand, and it turned into a significant financial boon…
The only way I can do an abortion is to consider only the woman as my patient and block out the baby…
Saline Abortions: “We don’t have to watch the baby die”
In the 1970s and early 80s, second-trimester abortions were done by injecting saline solution into the mother’s womb, which poisoned and burned the baby to death. These abortions are rarely done today because they were dangerous to the mother and led to so many live births.
Abortionist Dr. William B. Waddill, who commited abortions using saline said that saline causes “such a caustic and tremendously bad and hostile environment for the baby that it just creates an enormous destructive process.”
Waddill stood trial for strangling a 28-week-old baby girl who survived a saline abortion he committed.
Finally, another abortionist said in the Oregon Journal, “If the abortion is well done, we don’t have to watch the baby die. So we inject a salt solution.”
All of these abortionists readily admit what most pro-abortion activists deny — that abortion kills a baby.
Marc Heller “Being an Abortionist” Johanna Schoen Abortion Care as Moral Work: Ethical Considerations of Maternal and Fetal Bodies (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2022) 37