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‘Don’t you dare look at that!’ Women say abortion workers refused to let them see their ultrasound

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In the documentary “Life After Abortion,” directed by Brian Barkley and produced by New Liberty Videos, post-abortive women told their stories. In some of them, women described how staff at abortion facilities refused to let them see their babies on the ultrasound. One woman said:

As the nurse was performing the ultrasound, I watched her, and she was looking at my baby on the monitor. And I asked her, I said, “Can I see my baby?” And she took the monitor, literally, with her hands, and turned it away from me.

Another woman said, “As I was watching the monitor, the nurse and the doctor asked me not to watch. They turned the monitor away.”

Another woman described how the abortion worker got angry when she looked at the ultrasound screen. “And I turned to look at the screen and thought, ‘that looks like a baby,'” she said. “Well, she got very upset and yelled at me, and said, ‘turn around, don’t you dare look at that!'”

Another woman told the following story:

And they had the screen turned away from me. And I asked to see it. And she said, “I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

I told her, “no, I really wanted to see it before I went through with it.”

So, she ran the probe across my stomach, turned the screen toward me, and showed me a dot on the screen. I thought, “that’s it? Well, I can do this.”…

I bought the lie. I now know, she didn’t show me my baby. She just showed me a dot on the screen so that I would go through with the abortion.

There have been many testimonies from women about abortionists and abortion workers refusing to show them an ultrasound. These are only a few.

Some former abortion workers have spoken out about how the facilities where they worked hid the ultrasound screen from women coming in for abortions. Brenda Pratt-Shafer worked for a late-term abortionist who did partial-birth abortions. In her book, she wrote:

The abortionist knows that if the mother knew there was a heartbeat or saw the fetus (baby) on the ultrasound, she would probably change her mind about the abortion. When an ultrasound was performed at the abortion clinic, the screen was turned away from the mother and the sound was turned off so the mother could not hear or see it.

The sound was off so the women could not hear the heartbeat.

Other women in the film were lied to by abortion workers. One said:

They proceeded to tell me that I was too far along in my pregnancy to have what they called an “easy” abortion, that I was going to have to take a two-day procedure, they were actually going to put me into labor, and the word surgery was used. I began to get frightened. I told them I couldn’t stay for two days for this procedure. My parents did not even know I was pregnant, and I had to go home that night.

Just before I got to the car, someone from the office staff came running after me and said, “wait, wait, we made a mistake! We’ll take care of your problem, you’ll be gone in 30 minutes, and you’ll never think about this day again.” I followed them back in because I believed them.

Another woman said, “They explained to me that it was a blob. That it wasn’t anything yet.”

READ: Abortion staff lied about fetal development, refused to show woman her baby’s ultrasound

A third woman revealed:

The nurse asked me if I was okay with the procedure, and I said, no I really wasn’t, because it seemed like it was killing a baby. But they all looked very professional. They showed me a filmstrip of, just, blobs of tissue. So, I thought, “they’re the adults. They’re the professionals. This must be okay.” So I went ahead with the procedure.

Another woman talked about the “counseling” she received, saying, “There was no concern. ‘Why are you upset?’ They just kept telling me, ‘It’s okay. It’s a blob of tissue. You’re a college student, you have your whole life ahead of you. You already have one child.'”

Another woman said:

And she told me that it wasn’t even a baby yet, that it was just a clump of cells. And I didn’t know anything about fetal development, so I believed her. And, in fact, I felt relieved because I thought, “Well, if it’s not a baby yet, then I’m not doing anything wrong.”

Another woman said, “They said it was easy, they said it was simple. You know, you write your check for $300, and all your problems are solved. I wish someone had told me what really happens.”

All of these women had the truth hidden from them so that they would go through with their abortions.

  1. Brenda Pratt-Shafer, David Shafer What the Nurse Saw: Eyewitness to Abortion (Mustang, Oklahoma: Tate Publishing & Enterprise, LLC, 2016) 29

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