Abortionists and Clinic Workers Deal with Trauma

From a report about an abortion’s impact on providers presented to the Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians by a veteran abortionist:

16 week unborn baby, an age when a D&E abortion would be performed. D&E abortions are performed up to 24 weeks and sometimes even beyond.

“Many subjects reported serious emotional reactions which produced physiological symptoms, sleep disturbances, effects on personal relationships, and moral anguish…Reactions to viewing the fetus ranged from “I haven’t looked,” to shock, dismay, amazement, disgust, fear, and sadness…Two felt it must eventually damage [the doctor] psychologically…Two respondents described dreams which they had related to the procedure. Both described dreams of vomiting fetuses along with a sense of horror. Other dreams revolved around a need to protect others from viewing fetal parts, dreaming that she herself was pregnant and needed an abortion or was having a baby…The more direct the physical and visual involvement [i.e. nurses and doctors] the more stress experienced.”

Warren Hern and Billie Corrigan “What About Us? Staff Reactions to the D & E Procedure” paper presented to the Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians, 26 October 1978, 1, 4, 5, 6. Quoted by Randy Alcorn in Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments


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Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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