Abortionist: “I feel that abortion involves taking a human life”

One abortionist was quoted saying the following in a pro-choice book about abortion counseling:

“I feel that abortion involves taking a human life, irrespective of the gestation. I feel that there are circumstances where it is clearly inhumane to ask a woman to carry on with the pregnancy, for example, if child abuse or rape had occurred. Having decided that taking a life by abortion is sometimes the lesser evil, I do not feel able to judge between one woman’s need and another – this would be completely unacceptable ethically. I would also find it personally difficult to wash my hands of a woman wanting abortion just in order to protect my own moral purity. I will therefore do any abortion at any gestation if the woman is sure herself that abortion is her only option. I think that I would not find an abortion possible for myself, and would not have antenatal screening for fetal abnormality.”

Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, 1996) 166 – 167

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