Founder of Project Rachel describes friend’s pain after abortion

Vicki Thorne, the founder of Project Rachel, describes what made her aware of post-abortion trauma:

“Almost 40 years ago I first encountered the wounds that abortion leaves on the souls of women.

A friend of mine had placed her first baby for adoption. My friend later endured sexual abuse by a family member, which led to her second pregnancy. Her mother arranged for a safe but illegal abortion. Little did her mother know that she had bought her daughter a one-way ticket to hell.

Later in life, she struggled with suicide attempts, an abusive marriage, chemical dependency, and became abusive to her other children.

She always said, “I can live with the adoption. I can’t live with the abortion.”

My search for answers to her pain led me to obtain a degree in psychology to become certified as a prenatal loss facilitator and a grief counselor and to obtain certification in trauma counseling and spiritual direction.

My friend’s pain was a life-changing event for me, which eventually led me in 1984 to develop Project Rachel, the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church.…

Project Rachel is a network of caregivers, including priests, mental health professionals, and others, who provide one-on-one care to those struggling after having an abortion.”

In Yvonne Florczak–Seeman A Time to Speak: A Healing Journal for Post-Abortive Women (Clarendon Hills, Illinois: Love from above, Inc., 2015)

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Survivor calls her daughter conceived in rape her “lovely little girl”

Josie Beattie, who conceived through rape, wrote:

“People at my church stood by me, supported and helped me; and now I have this lovely little girl, Robin, that God has allowed to be my daughter.”

“Josie Beattie, “Blessing Upon Blessing,” letter to the editor of P.S., May-June, 1982, 14

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Pro-Choice Activists Argue About Use of Fetal Tissue in Research

Author Leslie Cannold interviewed pro-choice activists. She recounts one conversation with them. All of the women quoted are pro-abortion:

“The following conversation, between myself, Lisa, Carey, and Lucy, began after I raised the question of medical science’s use of fetal tissue to treat those suffering from Parkinson’s disease:…

Carey: I’m not saying I’d say no, I’m just saying that you have to ask the woman if it’s okay to use the aborted tissue!

Lucy: But if it’s in the rubbish bin, if she’s just thinking it’s going in the bin…

Lisa: But you can’t take it home, can you?

Lucy: You can’t take it home, and they can use it… It has been created especially for science to use.

Carey: I think that is outrageous, absolutely outrageous… Not even asking permission.

Lucy: But still, it’s like they’re taking out your appendix and throwing it in the rubbish. You’re throwing it in the rubbish, you haven’t said you want it all prettied up and put in a nice grave and buried.

Lisa: No way, they can’t just take it.

Lucy: OK, but your actual appendix is diced out, and the fetus is diced out. It’s out of you, it’s not part of you. I mean it’s gone, you’ve chosen to murder. You’ve killed that child, it’s gone.

Lisa: If they’re doing stuff like that, I’m going to start taking my Tupperware container with me.

Carey: Oh, absolutely.

Lucy: So you think you have a right to the fetus, even if you’ve just “tossed it in the bin”?

Carey: The whole handling of the abortion issue is wrong. You don’t toss it in the garbage. I mean, I’ve had an abortion, it was an incredibly painful experience.

I didn’t toss it in the garbage. And I find it really distressing to hear it referred to that way. And that others think they have a right to use my fetus.

You’re saying toss it in the garbage. I didn’t toss it in the garbage.

Lucy: OK, what did you do?

Carey: It sounds very callous and my decision was not a callous one. It was not unthought about, it was not clear, and it certainly wasn’t indifferent.

Part of your abortion decision is that it’s not going to be used as fetal tissue [to treat disease] or anything else. The thing is that if somebody asked me can be used as fetal tissue, I’d probably say yes. But not to ask…”

Leslie Cannold The Abortion Myth (Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1998) 34-35

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Abortion provider describes role of nurses in saline abortions

From an abortion provider’s speech at a conference on abortion:

“The procedure for mid-trimester termination was either a saline or prostaglandin injected [into the woman’s womb] to induce labor. The women actually delivered (or aborted) on the ward, either in bed or in a bedpan.

The nurse was left with all the difficult work – you could actually say all the “dirty” work…[T]he nurse had to weigh the fetus, the nurse had to place the fetus in a bag and transport it to a mortuary, the nurse had to clean bed, patients, and any remaining products.

The nurse had to answer patients’ questions, sometimes distressing, about the size, appearance, sex, disposal of the fetus, and whether it was still alive. The nurse had to deal with distressed patients and relatives…”

D. Krutli “Mid-trimester abortion service within a public hospital” Women and Surgery: Conference Proceedings (Melbourne: Healthsharing Women, 1990) 103

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16 weeks, possible victim of one of these abortions
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Abortionist not sure if he would be replaced if he retired

Abortionist Jerry Edwards, who owned an abortion clinic with his wife and clinic director Ann F. Osborne:

“If we retired, I’m not sure anybody else would come to Arkansas and practice. We can’t get residents from the hospital to come over and see what an abortion is like.”

JOHN LELAND” Under Din of Abortion Debate, an Experience Shared Quietly” New York Times SEPT. 18, 2005

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Studies found that women suffered more pain with the abortion pill

A report on the abortion pill concluded:

“More pain was reported with medical abortion both during the abortion and during the follow up period. (Jensen found 77.1% of medical abortion patients reported pain vs. 10.5% of surgical abortion patients.)”

It cited the following studies:

Jensen JT, Astley SJ, Morgan E, Nichols MD. Outcomes of suction curettage and mifepristone abortion in the United States: a prospective comparison study. Contraception 1999;59:153-9

Winikoff B, Sivin I, Coyaji KJ, et al. Safety, efficacy, and acceptability of medical abortion in China, Cuba, and India: a comparative trial of mifepristone and misoprostol versus surgical abortion. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1997;176:431-7.

Cabezas E. Medical versus surgical abortion. Internat J Gynaecol & Obstet. 1998;63 Supp. 1, S141-6.

Elul B, Ellertson C, Winikoff B, Coyaji K. Side effects of mifepristone-misoprostol abortion versus surgical abortion. Data from a trial in China, Cuba, and India. Contraception 1999;59(2):107-14

“The FDA and RU-486: lowering the standard for women’s health.” Staff report prepared for the Hon. Mark Souder, Chariman, Subcommitte on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resouces, October 2006


Medical Officer’s Review of Amendments 024 and 033, Final Reports for the U.S. Clinical Trials Inducing Abortion up to 63 Days Gestational Age and Complete Responses Regarding Distribution System and Phase 4 Commitments, Finalized November 22, 1999 (dated January 27, 2000)

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“Nonprofit” Abortion Clinic had Budget of $600,000 in 1983

In an article on profits made by abortion clinics, reporter Scott Kraft wrote in 1983:

“The number of nonprofit clinics has grown just as swiftly as that for clinics seeking a profit.

The New Hampshire Feminist Health Center… performed only a dozen abortions a week when it opened in 1973. Now it manages 50 a week and the waiting list sometimes stretches to two weeks. The annual budget has climbed above $600,000 and there is a second branch in Portsmouth.”

Scott Kraft “The Business is Abortion – And its Big Business” Observer Reporter January 18, 1983

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Woman who had late-term abortion: “I regretted it immediately”

Pragya Agarwal told her abortion story:

“I had an abortion almost 15 years ago. I was going through a divorce, doing a PhD and the father was someone I’d just started dating. I wasn’t sure we would work out and I already had a daughter from my first marriage, so I just wasn’t sure if I’d be able to bring up another child on my own.

But I regretted it immediately. It was all a whirlwind. I didn’t have much time to think about it because by the time I realised, I was quite late in the pregnancy. No one asked if I wanted counselling or support.

We thought we’d have plenty of time to have children in the future, if the relationship lasted. But a few years later, we married and tried again. I didn’t get pregnant until I was 39 and had twins after a lot of IVF.

I still feel sad about that abortion. It might have been the right thing to do at that time, but it still makes me cry. When it’s discussed in the media or on TV, I think about it. It’s really strange it’s affected me so much but I think it’s something I haven’t dealt with.”

Radhika Sanghani “‘They called me a silly girl’: Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86” The Telegraph 27 OCTOBER 2017

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Abortionist: Abortions by induction take longer than natural labor

Abortionist William J. Sweeney III wrote that saline abortions, which were done by injecting toxic saline solution into the uterus, then inducing labor, took longer than natural childbirth. The same likely applies to induction abortions done today before the third trimester.

“The woman must labor longer than a mother giving birth to a full-term baby because the cervix isn’t ripe and nothing in her body is ready for the delivery. If we put the saline in at 8 o’clock in the morning, it’s three or 4 o’clock the next morning when she finally aborts.”

William J. Sweeney III, MD, Barbara Lang Stern Woman’s Doctor: A Year in the Life of an Obstetrician-Gynecologist (New York: Morrow & Company, 1973) 208

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Pro-choice author Katha Pollitt says country is shifting in the pro-life direction

Katha Pollitt explained in a 2014 interview why she wrote her pro-abortion book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights:

“I wrote this book because all you have to do is open up the newspaper and see the way things are going. Since, 2010 when the Republicans were so successful there have been 205 new abortion restrictions passed in the states, and, even more than the restrictions- the discourse. You can just feel it shifting. You can feel it shifting toward the anti-abortion side of language and the greater and greater defensiveness of the pro-choice side.”

Quoted in CAROLE NOVIELLI “Pro-Abortion Author Criticizes Planned Parenthood, Says Tide Shifting in Pro-Life Direction” LifeNews NOV 7, 2014

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