Abortion Clinic Workers Vent Hatred at Pro-Lifers

In her book Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic, Wendy Simonds quotes some clinic workers talking about pro-lifers. One clinic worker says:

On page 119

“My gut feeling is: I hate them. I want them to die! But realistically, I mean, I’ve come to the point where if I can’t deal with it, it’s like I want to yell at them and hit them over the head with a f*cking Bible and go, “you’re stupid! You don’t know what you’re talking about!”

A different clinic worker, on page page 123

“The feeling of violation, of [their] violating my space, of them filthying my space… With their presence!… I mean, I realized that I could kill a human being. I realize that if I got my hands on them, I was gonna rip them apart… I knew I could strangle one of them I just knew it.”

And another one on page 113

“We thought they were clients, and we treated them as nicely as we treat anybody else. And we were all so angry… They were out picketing… Not too long later, and I thought, they know the truth, I mean, we show them how humane we are and that we’re not, you know “baby killers” – I mean that we were real people, and were nice people, and were decent, and were human. And I just wanted to shoot them. I was just disgusted.”

This clinic does abortions up to 26 weeks.

Wendy Simonds. Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1996)

22-24 weeks
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Author: Sarah

Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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