Men and women who are considering providing abortions as a career must overcome their natural revulsion to witnessing violence. They must silence their consciences and prepare themselves to participate in the destruction of human life on a daily basis. If they cannot do this, they will not be able to perform abortions. Here are quotes from four people – two medical students, a doctor, and a would-be Planned Parenthood director, going through this process.
1.) A doctor who was trying to decide whether or not to perform abortions witnessed a second trimester procedure and described what she saw:
Seeing an arm being pulled through the vaginal canal was shocking. One of the nurses in the room escorted me out when the colour left my face… Not only was it a visceral shock; this was something I had to think deeply about…. It… cannot feel pain or think or have any sense of being, but the reality is, this cannot be called ‘tissue’. It was not something I could be comfortable with.
You can see how this doctor tries to rationalize what she’s seen by telling herself the baby didn’t feel pain while being dismembered. Yet she remains troubled. She decided to do only early abortions, ones in which the baby would not be fully formed or would be so delicate and small that it would be completely torn apart by the suction machine. Since these abortions leave no recognizable parts behind, this doctor could convince herself that abortion is only “removing tissue.”
2.) Sue Thayer worked for Planned Parenthood until being converted to the pro-life cause. Thayer was never enthusiastic about abortion, and the clinic where she worked did not perform them. But since a huge part of Planned Parenthood’s business is providing abortions, and Thayer would be expected to provide referrals to abortion clinics, her bosses told her to witness the procedures firsthand. They wanted to be absolutely sure that Thayer was okay with abortion before they hired her.
Thayer saw the remains of suction abortions performed in the first trimester.
Each of the ‘contents of the uterus’ was placed in a clear glass bowl and then examined under a light. One bowl clearly contained 3 perfect, tiny arms. I asked why there would be a third arm. ‘Twins’ was the response and because it might upset the mother, this information was never shared with any mother.
3.) A medical student working for Planned Parenthood said the following after observing abortions:
It was disturbing for me to see recognizable body parts in the removed tissue, usually an arm or a leg.
Though confronted with the reality of abortion, this student was not converted.
4.) The New York Times ran a story about another medical student, Lesley Wojick, who was trying to decide whether or not to perform abortions. She was a member of Medical Students for Choice, a proabortion organization. She had attended a workshop where aspiring abortionists practiced abortion techniques on papaya fruit. Later she got a chance to witness her first abortion:
It was definitely gruesome. You could make out what a fetus could look like, tiny feet, lungs…
She goes on to say:
It’s a lot more invasive than I thought. A papaya doesn’t bleed and scream.
As the article said, “Women do.”
Wojick decided against becoming an abortionist.
Would- be abortion providers need to harden their hearts against the reality of abortion. Three out of four of those quoted here were able to do that. They went on to become part of the abortion industry.
Many members of the public would be deeply troubled if they knew abortion’s gruesome reality. Pro-lifers should spread these quotes and others like them far and wide.