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Former abortion facility worker: Staffers were ‘callous’

Pro-abortion author, Wendy Simonds, interviewed abortion facility workers for her book “Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice at a Feminist Clinic.” One staffer said of her former workplace:

I quit my job at the clinic to write my dissertation but also because I had enough of the clinic. I didn’t consider it to be a feminist place. While the clients got adequate medical care and the counselors were solicitous, I thought the staff, in general was overly directive, paternalistic, and even callous at times.

After completing her dissertation, the worker got a job at a different abortion mill.  At the time of the interview, she was working at the second facility; however, “Abortion at Work” does not indicate whether she was pleased with how women were treated at the second facility.

The quote came from a worker who remained pro-abortion and stayed in the abortion business. Her criticism is mild compared to the allegations coming from former clinic workers, such as Carol Everett and Dina Madsen. But the fact that her testimony appears in an extremely pro-abortion book by a self-proclaimed feminist writer makes it significant.

The book has an entire chapter dedicated to the ways staffers work to foil “anti-choice” activists, who are described in unflattering terms.  Because of her loyalty to the abortion industry, this worker may well be understating the problems in her old facility. Regardless, her quote is another piece of information in a growing pile of evidence, showing that abortion mills are not the caring, women-centered facilities abortion supporters want us to believe they are.

Wendy Simonds. Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic (New Brunswick, New Jersey:  Rutgers University Press, 1996) 7

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