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Stopping “little hearts” from beating

Abortion clinic worker “Celia” discusses late-term abortion. Her clinic injects Digoxin into the hearts of the babies before dismembering them:

20 weeks

20 weeks

It’s going to be weird now because you’re going to see the sono. You’re going to see the heart beating – little hearts, you know- and then, all of a sudden, you’re going to put this cardiac medicine in it to make it stop- to kill it. I won’t kill it, the doctor will kill it …It’s just a harder reality check of what we’re doing…It’s like rationally I know this is going to be much better because, God, you know, if it can make a twenty-three-week skull come out easier, you know, bless this digoxin.

Wendy Simonds Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996) 73. Reprinted from Clinicquotes.

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