Former abortion industry worker: ‘We lied’ to women

Throughout the years, many abortion industry workers have left their jobs and told their stories. Their testimonies can be found online, in books, in magazines, and in old newspaper archives. This particular testimony comes from way back in 1982.

Why is it relevant today? Because it highlights the fact that dishonesty has been part of abortion practice for decades…

Norma Eidelman worked for short time in an abortion facility that provided second trimester abortions. These abortions were performed by saline induction, a method that is no longer used today. Saline induction was performed by injecting a caustic saline solution into the amniotic sac. The baby was slowly poisoned, her skin and lungs burned by the solution. Sometimes it took hours for the baby to die, and the mother could feel the violent kicking of her child as it suffered in her womb. After the baby died, labor would be induced and the mother would “give birth” to the corpse of her child. At least, that is what would happen if it all went smoothly.

All too often, the saline solution failed to kill the child, and the abortionist was left with an inconvenient, living baby. Sadly, these babies were usually killed by the abortionist outright or left to die of neglect.  However, a few survived. Gianna Jessen was one child who made it – she was aborted in the 7th month with saline. When she was born alive, the abortionist wasn’t there, and a nurse called emergency services, who whisked the child away. She survived with medical care, but has cerebral palsy as a result of the abortion.

But back to Norma Eidelman, who says:

They [the mothers] always wanted to know the sex, but we lied and said it was too early to tell. It was better for the women to think of the fetus as an “it.” They would scoop up the fetuses and put them in a bucket of formaldehyde, just like Kentucky Fried Chicken. I couldn’t take it any longer, and I quit.

It’s easy to imagine the horror that took place in Eidelman’s clinic every day. Laboring mothers giving birth to dead babies, which needed to be snatched away quickly before the mothers saw the child and realized the gravity of what they’d done. Repeatedly lying to the women to convince them that their abortions were no big deal. Dehumanizing aborted babies even while handling their perfectly formed bodies, and putting these fully formed bodies in buckets of formaldehyde. It’s easy to see why Eidelman quit.

Second trimester abortion today is, if anything, even more brutal. Late-term abortions are now usually performed by D&E, in which the baby is torn apart with forceps. You can read more about this grisly and gruesome procedure here. 

Source: James Burtchaell, ed. Rachel Weeping and Other Essays on Abortion (Life Cycle Books, 1982) 34

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