Abortion clinic workers given instructions at odds with clinic advertising

One Chicago abortion clinic said the following on a brochure aimed at women considering abortions at the clinic:

“From admission to recovery, patient ease and comfort are first considerations. She is encouraged to ask questions, share feelings or misgivings.”

These were the actual instructions given to the clinic workers:

“1. Don’t tell [the] patient. The abortion will hurt.

2. Don’t discuss [the abortion] procedure or the instruments to be used in any detail.

3. Don’t answer too many questions.

Pamela Zekman and Pamela Warrick “The Abortion Profiteers” Chicago Sun-Times November 12, 1978

This article was from a long time ago but things in the abortion clinics haven’t changed much. Read about what one former Planned Parenthood clinic worker says about how the clinic counseled their patients.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. and is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.
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