Category Archives: Emotional Impact on Providers

Abortionist: I worry about respect for human life

From one abortionist: “I have been doing abortion for years and have no physical or emotional reaction. I worry this means that I don’t have any respect for human life.” Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, … Continue reading

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Doctor find abortion “nauseating”

From a consultant gynecologist, who makes abortion referrals: “I find the process of midtrimester abortion of a normal fetus very disagreeable (and if done by D&E) nauseating.” Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, 1996) 167 Diagram of … Continue reading

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Clinic worker feels “sorrow” at abortions

Sallie Tisdale, abortion clinic nurse: “How can you stand it? Even the clients ask. They see the machine, the strange instruments, the blood, and the final stroke that wipes away the promise of pregnancy. Sometimes I see that too. I … Continue reading

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Abortionists would rather poison a baby than dismember her

There are two ways to do late-term abortion – by injecting poison to kill the baby and then inducing labor or by going in and dismembering the baby with forceps. Some abortionists prefer the poisoning (induction) method, because they don’t have … Continue reading

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D&E procedure causes abortionists “emotional strain”

On an abortion procedure called D&E: “D&E often involves greater emotional strain on the clinicians and staff. It forces them to deal with the fetus in an intimate way that many find distasteful.” W Cates “D&E After 12 Weeks: Safe … Continue reading

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Abortion clinic nurse has nightmare about baby

A writer tells of a clinic worker who recounted a nightmare she was having: “Another writer told of a nurse who dreamed that she “was stuffing a baby into the mouth of [an antique] vase. The baby was looking at her … Continue reading

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Former abortion clinic worker took drugs to cope

Nita Whitten, a former abortion clinic worker:  “I took drugs to wake up in the morning. I took speed while I was at work. And I smoked marijuana, drank lots of alcohol. . . .  [T]his is the way that I coped with what I … Continue reading

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Abortionist says he’s an outcast among his peers

One abortionist: said working in abortion clinics has made him an outcast among physicians and denied him “a life with a house and a white picket fence and a wife and 3 children.” He lives alone, he says “thrown into … Continue reading

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Late term abortionist reveals emotional conflict

Late term abortionist Dr. Warren Hern talks about the emotional impact of providing late term abortions: In passing, the abortionist says you can never get used to this. Next time he gives you a minute, you ask him to elaborate. … Continue reading

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Abortion nurse: I tried to “detach myself”

Shelley Mehigan, 42, is a clinical nurse who has specialised in family planning for 18 years. She says that watching abortions was hard at first, but she became hardened: The longer I work in this area, the easier it becomes for … Continue reading

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