Abortion worker: Some staff working at abortion facility were “emotionally dead”

From abortion worker Judith Fetrow, who worked for Planned Parenthood:

“When I started at Planned Parenthood, I saw two types of women working at the clinic. One group were women who had found some way to deal with the emotional and spiritual toll of working with abortion. The second group were women who had closed themselves off emotionally. They were the walking wounded. You could look in their eyes, and see that they were emotionally dead. Unavailable for themselves, or for anyone else.”

“Is Abortion Good for Women” Rachel MacNair, Angela Kennedy. Swimming Against the Tide: Feminist Dissent on the Issue of Abortion (Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press, 1997) 82

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Former Clinic Worker: Kelly Lester

In a March 25, 2021 webcast by And Then There Were None, former abortion worker Kelly Lester was interviewed by Brandy Meeks. Here is her testimony:

Lester: I worked for a clinic here in Richmond, Virginia. I live now in Richmond, Virginia. And it was the clinic that I actually had my first abortion at when I was 15. Years later, I was working as a waitress and a bartender and was just looking for a different kind of job and saw that they were hiring. And knew them, because I had gone there.

And so I went and applied, and got hired, and worked as a receptionist and was there…for about nine months. And then left. That was about 20 years ago that that happened, that I left there. And continued in my crazy life…

Eventually [I] met my husband and I am now married and have six children…

I was very shy and insecure in school and got made fun of, bullied pretty intensely to the point where I wouldn’t wear the same outfit twice because the kids picked on me so badly. I knew what they were going to say. And so that caused me to develop into a really insecure teenager.

At 12, I snuck out of my parents’ house with some friends, went to a party, and was raped. It was by one of the boys in school. And I went and told my friends about it and they said, “Oh, that didn’t happen to you, why would he do that to you?”…

And I told my youth pastor and she said, “If you’d never gone to that party it would’ve never happened.” And so because of that, I felt like I had already sinned in a way that was unforgivable.

Now, I grew up in church. I was in the church every time the doors opened. Wednesday night, Sunday night, Sunday morning. We had small group at my parents’ house, so I knew a lot about God, but I didn’t really know God…

I felt shame, and I felt guilt. So I began to be promiscuous and was looking for love and looking for attention, and at 15 was pregnant. And that is when I went to that clinic for the first time. By myself. My boyfriend’s mom drove me there and dropped me off. And I had my first abortion.

There was definitely a progression where I wasn’t feeling good about myself even more so… After that, I just didn’t care about life anymore. I was playing tennis, was ranked in the region, was supposed to go to college and all of these things that I had planned on doing. After that, after walking out of the clinic, I just didn’t care about any of them anymore.

And so I numbed the pain any way and every way I could. Drugs, and alcohol, and men and live life like out of a movie – a bad movie… just really a wild, wild time that I’m lucky to have survived.… Just trying to numb the pain from that experience, which then led into more shame and led into more guilt and led into more condemnation, just trying to feel better – feel better about what I had done, and who I was.

Because I’d always wanted to be a mom. Growing up, I always thought I’d be a mom. I knew that what I had done was wrong, but I didn’t feel like at 15 I had any choice, and I felt like having a child was going to ruin my life. You know, was going to ruin my plans to go to college, was going to ruin all these things I was going to do. When in reality, the abortion is what ruined my life… It didn’t ruin my life, but it ruined the plans I had for my life at the time. It changed me. It changed who I was. It changed how I felt about myself. It changed how I thought other people saw me, even though people didn’t necessarily know about it.

I became hard and didn’t care about my life or anybody else’s life, really, for that matter. And that continued on for about 15 years. And finally culminated in New Orleans.

I was there with a boyfriend. It was a very abusive relationship and we decided that I was going to come back home, and we went out to party one last night. And as we were out, we were drinking and got into a fight, which was pretty typical. He came home. I found my way home later than he did, and when I got home, the fight really intensified.… We had broken the door off the hinges of the door frame, and he was sitting on top of me with a 2 x 4, and was about to hit me over the head with the board. And as he’s about to hit me, he drops the board, he punches me in the face, you know, my eyes bust open, my nose busts open – and he looks, and he’s like, oh gosh, I really hurt her – because there was blood everywhere. And the fight stops.

The next day, I had all these text messages from my father. I didn’t call him, because I didn’t feel very good after the evening and after the fight but came back to Virginia and he met me, and when he saw me, he just was crying. And I said, oh dad, it was fine, I was in a car accident.

Lester found out that her father (who is a pastor) was praying for her the night she had the terrible fight with her boyfriend. Her father told her he had a sudden, strong premonition, out of the blue, that she was about to be killed. This convinced him to pray for her. Lester believes his prayer was the reason her boyfriend didn’t kill her. Believing this was an act of God, she dedicated her life to Christianity. 

Meeks asked Lester if there was a moment when she realized working at the abortion clinic was wrong, an “a-ha moment” similar to the ones some other workers have experienced. 

I didn’t actually have an “aha moment.” For me, it was more of a gradual and cumulative kind of thing. During that 15 years of craziness, like I said earlier, you know, I was waitressing, I was bartending, living a party life. I was really looking for something with some meaning. Looking for a job that had some meaning, a job where I could help people. Because in that time period, I was kind of a mama, I took care of everybody. So I did want to take care of people, but I just didn’t know how. And when I got hired there, I began to see things – I call it behind the glass – that I didn’t see when I was on the other side of the glass.

I saw the way the workers spoke to the women that were there. I saw the manipulation that we did to the women that were there. The manipulation that we did to the men. And I thought, “Oh my gosh, did they do this to me?”…

Knowing that I had been where these women were, and hearing how they talked to them, I thought, oh my gosh, this is bad. And it got worse, and worse, and worse, and I also dealt with the women in the recovery room.

And we saw lots of crazy stuff. Lots of women that were injured in the procedure and women that had issues. And so, I was like, something about this isn’t right. I knew that something about it wasn’t right. And finally, I just – it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. It wasn’t helping people, and so I left the clinic.…

I definitely was pro-choice, because I had another abortion after that. So, even though I had left the clinic, it still was an option I went to when I felt like I didn’t have one.

And then, once I got “saved”, those things, that I knew were not necessarily good, started coming back around, and I was like, okay, I need to deal with this. I need to think about this. But it honestly didn’t change for me, Brandy, until I began to accept God’s love for me.

She said that due to her religion, she came to see unborn babies and women the way she believes God sees them, and to see herself the way she believes God sees her. This was part of what led to her becoming pro-life.

And then, I got married, and got pregnant. And that was the end of it for me. Once I felt the baby – because you can have blinders on your eyes, which people in the abortion industry do – they’re like Paul. They’ve got scales on their eyes. Even the most hardened ones don’t really believe the reality of it, I think, because if you did, you couldn’t actually do it.

But for me, when I felt the baby move in my body, I was like, “Oh my goodness.” The reality of it all came to me – that it is actually a baby. And so there was no turning back for me at that point.

Meeks: I love something you said there, because I think it would help, especially if there – if a worker were to come across this video, were to come across this, or is hanging out with us tonight, that if you do not identify as being pro-life at point, it is still okay to leave the clinic for all of the other reasons, right?

Lester: Absolutely.

Meeks: That you can identify as being wrong… The manipulation, the sales tactics, the harm that you see done, all of these things, right, and we can be there for you. And Then There Were None can be there for someone who may not be in that boat of saying, hey I’m ready – we just need you to say, I’m ready to leave that life behind.…

Now you mentioned something earlier about some manipulation that was happening in the clinic… Can you tell us more about that, just some examples so that we can understand that a little more clearly.

Lester: Sure. So one of my jobs again, I was the receptionist, so I was in charge of all the phone calls that came into the office, making appointments, handing out the paperwork when the women came in the clinic – one of my main jobs with the actual reception area. And what I mean by that is, making sure that it was clean, making sure that it had magazines, making sure that the magazines that were in the area were edited. And what I mean by that is anything that’s in the magazine that might trigger a woman to want to continue with her pregnancy, we would remove. So that could be a diaper ad. It could be a happy couple, even, walking [or] sitting on a park bench, because those kinds of things could stir up in this woman that she wanted to be a mom, and so we didn’t want anything that would make her decide that.

The TV that we had in the waiting room was not just playing public TV. It TV with commercials that were tailored to not promote a woman to keep her child.

Meeks: How could they control something like that?

Lester: It was all prerecorded. It was like – it was a while ago, so these were all VCR tapes. We put VCR tapes in, it looked like a TV, like you were just watching TV – but it was actually VCR tapes with the recordings on it.

That – when I first heard about it, because now I think about it, and I’m like, oh my gosh, how did I even do that, you know? But when it was first presented, it was, look, these women are in crisis. And they’re struggling with this decision, for many different reasons… So we want to prevent them from feeling guilty for what they know they need to do. You know, it was always that phrase, “we’re helping them.… [We’re] protecting them, and helping them make the decision they really want to make.”

But I began to see what was happening in the back rooms and so I’m like, that’s not really – you’re saying that, but that’s not really what you’re showing me and how you’re acting.

I would also load the books. So, if it was a day when we didn’t have appointments, when women would call in – we had a phone script that we would use – it was before the day of caller ID. So we would say, “Could I get your name, you can just give me your first name, can I get your first name and your phone number, so in case we get disconnected, I can call you back?” Right? Sometimes they would give it, and sometimes they wouldn’t.

Well, if they gave it and didn’t make the appointment when we had available appointments, we would call them. And say, “Hey, just wanted to check on you, let you know, we have tomorrow open if you want to come in.” So we would actually recruit, almost, to try to fill the appointments, because if there were no appointments, there was no money.

The clinic where I worked at was a private clinic, and they did nothing but abortions. The only “care” that was given was as it related to abortions. So pregnancy tests for people wanting abortion. You know what I mean. There wasn’t – we didn’t do any outside service unless the people were coming there for that. So if we had open days, then we weren’t making money.

And then, the other piece was the men.… We were told to be nasty to the men. Because a woman who felt supported by her boyfriend or husband or partner was less likely to continue with the abortion. Now, again, that wasn’t the way it was phrased. It was, look, we don’t want him to pressure her to do something that she doesn’t want to do. So the best thing for us was to get him out of the waiting room. So if he came to the appointment with her, we would (now, in the state of Virginia at that time, you would make an appointment and then you had to come back the next day for your procedure. So the day of that first appointment, we would get him out the door as quickly as possible.

And we hoped that he would leave so when she came out of her initial appointment, he wasn’t there waiting for her. So again, “You’re all alone. He can’t even wait for you for the appointment. You’re abandoned.”… When the guy was probably freezing because we turned the AC on so cold that they would go and sit in their cars…

If a male called to make an appointment, we would give no information, we wouldn’t say anything to them, in fact we were rude to them, and I did a yelp of that clinic pretty recently, and that was one of the reviews that several people had said, that were men. So apparently, they’re still doing that.

But we didn’t want him in the picture, we didn’t want him in the waiting room, we didn’t want him around at all. We wanted her to feel alone. Because if she felt alone, she was more likely to continue [and have the abortion].

So it didn’t take very long of seeing through that and realizing, something about this just isn’t right. And I myself had come in alone. And so I knew how hard that was. I knew how scary it was, how hard it was to be that person, alone, sitting there.

The only specific instance that I can remember was, there was one girl that came in, and they called her a frequent flyer, because she was somebody who came in pretty regularly… It was more like, “Don’t even waste your time. She’s just a frequent flyer.” So it was like a lack of regard for her, for her care, for her getting the counseling, and all of the things that you’re supposed to do before the procedure, whether you’ve had one or you have 14 – you are still, there’s a procedure – for her they basically bypassed all of that. There were definitely comments in the back that I can remember that were – because women were sad. When this happened, they were sad.

Oftentimes, women would have regrets and they would second-guess what they were doing. But once you went through the doors from the reception back to the back, it was like, all bets were off. This is what we’re doing – you’re in the machine now, and this is how it’s going. And so, the comments were hateful. The way that the women would talk to the patients was terrible.

In the recovery room, there was no care, there was no compassion. It was more like, get up out of the seat so we can go home. And oftentimes, women left who should not have left. That had issues. That should not have left when they left.

Seeing all of that I’m like, okay, you don’t really care about these women, because if you did, when they were back in this room bleeding from the procedure, you would take care of them. When the woman says, hey, I think I don’t want to do this anymore, if you really cared about her, you’d say let’s talk about this, let’s make sure. Not, “Hey, this is what you came in for. Sit down and be quiet.”

So that coupled with the manipulation going on in the front coupled with, just things that I was seeing, I was like, this isn’t what I thought it was. This isn’t what I signed up for…

Meeks: did you ever push back with anybody or question it…and how are you treated with that?

Lester: I didn’t really, because – I mean Brandy, to be honest with you, they were paying me a lot of money. They were paying me a lot of money to do a job – I didn’t have any kind of skill, I was a bartender, you know, I didn’t have skills for this. So when they said it, it was like, okay, that’s just part of the job. So I didn’t push back. I don’t know that I ever really pushed back about anything, because the money was so good. The hours were great, because it was a short period. I was working pretty much part-time and making money like I was working full-time. So because of that, I just did what I was told.

My position was receptionist. So I would answer the phones. I would, when the women came in, I would give them their folders or their paperwork, then when they filled out the paperwork I would take it. I would then pass it off to the different people…pass the paperwork to a nurse, who would then check their weight, do their urine screen, and then go from there. Then once all that was together and done, I was in charge of the paperwork once it was done, filing it and putting it in the filing cabinet.

And then on days when we were doing procedures, it was intake, making sure that the files were ready, because at this point they were already pretty much completed with all that stuff, and then the release. So I would go into the recovery room and give them their cookie and their little thing of Kool-Aid and their stuff, and gather them up, and they’d go into a changing room. So I’d give them their stuff, they’d go into the changing room, and I would get them out the door.…

I was never in a procedure room. I was never in the POC room. But every other aspect of it I had my hands in.

Meeks: Definitely, the before and after, that I’m sure can still give you memories that might not be so pleasant, especially if you had women that you’re having to dismiss before they may be even ready to go.

Lester: Yeah, that was the biggest thing for me, because I went through the healing retreats with And Then There Were None, and this was 20 years after leaving the industry, and having gone through lots of healing for lots of different things, and thinking, I’m good. I’m going to go because this will be fun and I’ll get to meet some people – but I wasn’t good. And I realized at that retreat that for me… I always detached abortion with the baby. So even as a pro-lifer, I always have been focused on the mom. You know, always on her. And not so much on the baby in her belly. And part of that is because, for me, I couldn’t even think about that, you know, when I was going through those things.

But partly, what I have realized is because when I was working at the clinic there were women who not only left that day not being a mother because they had terminated their pregnancy and killed their baby, but there are women who now still, 20 years later, are still not mothers. Because they perforated their uterus, or something happened in the procedure that now has prevented them from being a mother. And many of them, in fact all of them, don’t know it. Because we didn’t tell them, hey, we did this, you need to be checked out by your OB, you need to go get a follow-up appointment.

We didn’t let them know that something happened. And so there are women who can, to this day, not be mothers because of what happened in the clinic.
And so that, for me, was something that I had to deal with. And at the retreat, that was what really impacted me. Because I wasn’t – I mean, I was dealing with the babies by proxy, but unlike some of the other women who were in the procedure room and in the POC room, I never saw the baby. But I did very much see the women.

And so that is where my heart lies. That is where my heart now, as somebody who’s pro-life, I want to see these women empowered and encouraged… Why didn’t I tell them, you can do this, you know? And I know why. I didn’t tell them that because I didn’t think I could. And so, if I couldn’t do it, why would I think you could?…

At the March for Life, she went to a “Coffee with Quitters” event and met people from And Then There Were None. 

And that I went over to the Coffee with Quitters and I listened to the women, and I was like, those are my people. Because they were strong and they were beautiful and they were vulnerable, and the way that they were interacting with each other, there was just – there was a preciousness. That’s the only way I can explain it. These women were a tribe. We say that, and it sounds so clichéd, but you could see it with these women. There was that common bond and I was like, those are my people.

Then COVID happened, and I got delayed from going to the healing retreats.
But the first healing retreat, the people that were there were all in different stages of their life, were different ages – one girl had been out of the clinic for three days. I think she just left. And one had been out 40 years. And we all had different roles and different jobs. But as soon as we got there, we’re sisters. We had a commonality that I’ve never had with anybody else.

And everything I’ve gone to, it’s been really fun meeting the other workers. The quitters. Sharing our stories, just being able to be real with each other. You don’t have to put on any pretenses, you don’t have to make it sound a certain way or worry that it’s going to come off crass, or worry that it’s going to come off sarcastic when it’s such a serious topic…

There’s ways you have to deal with stuff, and sometimes it’s humor, unfortunately, and sometimes it’s being cold. And we can do that with each other, and know why. Know that it’s not because you’re hardhearted or you’re an evil person, it’s because you suffered a trauma. Every day that you walked into that clinic, you were suffering a trauma…

It’s been unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of.

The workers, we are human. And we are flawed. And most of us, if not all of us, have suffered trauma in our lives, which is what brought us to the clinic. It’s hard to understand how someone could go in there every day and do what we did, or doing currently. And it’s really hard, when your eyes are open, to understand that. But when you’ve suffered trauma and when you are blinded to the reality of God, and the reality of hope, and the reality of life, you do things don’t make sense.

So these women and men who are in those clinics, they need a loving face. They need a smiling face, they need a word of encouragement. They need to know that you are for them. You’re not for what they’re doing. You don’t support their job. But you are for them. And you want to help them. And see them as humans. We want to make somebody the bad guy. And the workers, it’s really easy to make them the bad guy. But they are humans. They are children of God. They are mothers and daughters and sisters and brothers and husbands, and when they can come to the other side, they can be powerful tools in the pro-life movement, and powerful tools in other people’s lives.

You never know, that smile that you give to them when they’re coming into the parking lot to park their car, or that cup of coffee you give them, you never know when that’s gonna make the change. Imagine it was one of your kids, or one of your siblings in there. How would you want them to be treated? And when they come out, send them to us, because we’ll love on them, and be there for them and help them be the best them they can be.

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Former abortion worker: Abortionists didn’t give proper amount of sedation

Former abortion worker Annette Lancaster says:

“Physicians often talked badly about patients while performing procedures on them. Sometimes physicians would not use the proper amount of sedation. They would tell the patient they were providing them with certain medications, but they were out, so the patient didn’t get it.”

Nicole Russell “Women Hurting After Working For Planned Parenthood Turn Here For Help” The Federalist JANUARY 30, 2018

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Former Clinic Worker: Rita

Rita worked as a “counselor” in an abortion clinic. After she left her job, she said:

I was completely driven to help other women to obtain abortions. I was totally invested in keeping abortion safe and legal. I never recognized how pushy and one-sided my counseling was until I became pregnant and wanted a child. Everyone around me was so critical of my own pregnancy. I realized then that I had been the same way toward every pregnant woman who entered our clinic.It’s almost like we needed them to abort so that we could feel better about our own abortions. I was too busy justifying what I had done to be aware that I carried any grief about it.

[Emphasis mine]

Teresa Burke, David C Reardon Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion (Springfield, IL: Acorn Books, 2002) 37 –38

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Nurse witnesses baby born alive after an abortion

In a video from the Save the 8th Campaign, Irish nurse Caren Ní hAllacháin described witnessing an abortion at 22 weeks where the baby was born alive. The baby had a “chromosomal abnormality,” possibly Down syndrome

“I wasn’t looking after [the woman having the abortion] directly, but I was on the ward. The other nurse had gone for a break, but I went into the sluice room [where medical waste was taken]. And the baby was in a kidney dish, in the sink where all the clinical waste was. The baby was born alive, and the baby was then taken from the mother – the mother never saw the baby. The baby was put into a kidney dish and brought away from the room, and to the sluice room, and left there just to die.

The baby was the full size of the kidney dish, so the baby was probably a little bit more than the length of my hands. He was small but he was perfect. He had – you could see his toes, his hands, it seemed like he had blonde hair. His eyes were closed. His mouth was open slightly. At first when I saw him, I thought he was actually dead, but I could see the rise and fall of his chest once I looked, because through the shock – he was breathing. And he wasn’t really moving. He had been there at least an hour and a half if not two hours.

I just did not know what to do. But there was nobody treating that baby. That baby was breathing and yet I couldn’t go and ring for the emergency team to come. I couldn’t get oxygen for the baby. I couldn’t put a blanket around the baby. I couldn’t pick the baby up…. the baby was still breathing. I couldn’t treat that baby as any other baby in any other part of that hospital, where you have babies the same age being treated in incubators and being ventilated and being given every assistance to live.

And yet this baby was left… in a kidney dish, which is [a] cold stainless steel metal dish, and just left to die. I had to leave the sluice room. I had to leave the baby there. That part is the hardest part of all because I felt I had abandoned the baby. When I went back the baby had died. The baby wasn’t breathing anymore. So the baby was still in the kidney dish. It was when the other nurse came back that she disposed of the baby’s body.

To see that baby trying to breathe – to see the dignity of him in the kidney dish trying to breathe, and nobody, just nobody there. He is a human being and a person. You can’t deny it. You can’t deny that that child was a son. It is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I think the worst part of that is the fact that I wasn’t allowed to do anything. The baby was small, but it was perfect. [He] was perfect. The baby had a cleft lip – that was it.”

Sarah Terzo “Nurse Recalls Baby Born Alive After Abortion “He was Small but Perfect” Live Action News March 6, 2019

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Former Clinic Worker: Myra Kincaid

Kincaid was employed as a surgical assistant at a Planned Parenthood facility in Baltimore, Maryland. Kincaid told the Daily Caller that the organization reached out to recruit her as soon as she graduated from college. At the job interview, the Planned Parenthood representative said very little about abortion. Instead, she told Kincaid that Planned Parenthood provided cancer screening and other forms of legitimate health care. But the abortion corporation is doing fewer of these services and more abortions, with the numbers of non-abortion services decreasing every year. Based on its 2017-2018 report, the number of cancer screenings done at Planned Parenthood dropped by 7% in 2017. Planned Parenthood is doing 68% fewer cancer screenings now than ten years ago. Contraception services are also down. Well Women exams are down by 8% since last year. Only abortions and “miscarriage maintenance,” a new category recently added by Planned Parenthood, have risen.

Although little was said about abortion when she was interviewed, Kincaid says that as soon as she was hired, she was “thrown right into the surgical room where they perform the abortions, and that’s because they were so short-staffed that they had to rush me through training.”

Like many former Planned Parenthood workers, Kincaid tried to convince herself that she was helping women. But seeing the body parts of babies after abortions distressed her. She says,

“It wasn’t until I had to actually pick out the pieces of children, that’s when I started looking at these little arms and little legs. They’re like little dolls.”

Kincaid was then given the job of “counseling” women coming in for abortions. She was happier doing this, but soon ran into trouble with her bosses. She was sending women home who were very ambivalent or who said they did not want abortions. Kincaid says she got in trouble “if [the woman she was counseling] walked out with prenatal vitamins for a patient instead of an abortion.” The management of Planned Parenthood expected Kincaid to pressure women into abortions, which Kincaid was not willing to do. This conflict, as well as her misgivings about the abortion procedures themselves, led to her leaving Planned Parenthood.

While employed, Kincaid also traveled to another Planned Parenthood facility in Maryland, this one located in Annapolis.  She told the Daily Caller that most of the employees at both facilities had very little training. The abortion giant only required workers to have a high school diploma or GED. Many of the workers were teenagers, hired right out of high school. The majority had no medical backgrounds.


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Abortion worker describes how parents forced their daughters to abort

An abortion clinic worker named Tonya wrote:

“[T]eens, young adults, and minors who are still living at home with their parents or legal guardians, are sometimes being forced to have an abortion or even feeling like they’re being pressured into having an abortion by that parent or legal guardian. This happens a lot of times to minors and young adults…

On the day of the appointment, you can usually tell the minor who does not want to be there just by their facial expression. Being upset and very emotional. When this is noticed, I’ll pull that patient to a private room to have a one-on-one talk with them without the parent being present, and sometimes the patient will say, “Yes, I am being forced to do this, and if I don’t, my parents will put me out or send me away.” And in other words, just turn their backs on them. You have parents who try to convince their child….

These parents will tell their daughter anything. They will even go as far as bribing them by telling them, “Just do this for mommy right now, and I will take you shopping, and I’ll get you whatever it is that you want, just please don’t do this to your mommy, you will have plenty of time to have a baby in the future when you’re old enough.” Parents don’t care about how their child feels, nor do they understand that a decision like this is no easy decision and that it can and will affect them in the future mentally.

You have these parents who don’t even think about what they are making their child do. All they are thinking about are themselves, what they are not wanting to deal with, so they think that this is the best way out of the situation, so they don’t even try to understand that young girl’s feelings about the whole idea of abortion…

The parents will sometimes deny that they are trying to force their child to have an abortion because they put them in the spotlight, and I have heard a child making a comment saying, “yes, you are, mama, I didn’t know that I was coming to an abortion clinic. I thought this was just a regular doctor’s appointment for my pregnancy.”…

Sometimes the parent will try and ask for an employee’s advice to see if they can help them when their child has refused abortion…

Sometimes it gets me very upset when I get one of these minors that is in the situation because of their parents forcing, threatening, convincing, and persuading a minor into having an abortion.”

Tonya P From behind Closed Doors: “Abortions” (Xlibris, 2013) 27-29

Tonya wrote about this in her memoir after leaving the abortion facility. In her book, she does not make any claim to be pro-life.

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Former abortion worker: women got “trapped” working for Planned Parenthood

Annette Lancaster worked for nine months in 2015 at a Planned Parenthood in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She says that many of the women PP hired were single mothers:

“Many women get trapped working there. They need money. Many women are single moms. After I was there for a few months I realized that was not what I wanted to do. I started to become a dark person full of dark humor, often depressed. It was a dark environment.

I had to help pick through fetal body parts. When I did, it clicked, This is a baby. What the h-ll am I doing?”

Nicole Russell “Women Hurting After Working For Planned Parenthood Turn Here For HelpThe Federalist JANUARY 30, 2018

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Abortion clinics falsified minors’ ages to get out of reporting abuse

Former Planned Parenthood manager Abby Johnson says:

I’ve found sometimes that charts — when I would audit charts — I would find charts sometimes where the client, when they filled out a medical history, if they were a minor, it would ask, you know, ‘when was the first time you had sex?’ And they would write on there 13 or 12 or something, and in Texas that’s automatically reportable. And so then the counselor, just like you’re saying, the patient educator would sit down with them and go, “Ok, are you sure it was thirteen because if it’s thirteen, now, that’s reportable in the state of Texas. Are you sure it wasn’t fourteen?” And then the client would say, “Oh yeah, I think it was fourteen.”

And then I would look at the history and the educator would have scratched out 13 and would have written, “Patient was not correct. She first actually had sex at age fourteen.” I don’t know if it’s just laziness, that they don’t want to make the report, I don’t know, sometimes it could be that the patient is saying, “please don’t report.” But you know, we’re not there to make sure the patient leaves happy we didn’t report, we’re there to protect these minor girls.

Sarah Terzo “Former abortion workers say they ‘lied about ages’ to avoid reporting sexual abuse” Live Action News October 9, 2018

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Former abortion worker says her clinic lied about minors

A former abortion worker from a facility in Texas said:

During the times that my training, I shadowed a few minor encounters, and there were times when the minor reported that her partner was more than four years older than her and upon hearing it the first time my trainer would then ask other questions, and eventually the minor would see where it was heading, you know, toward a report, and the minor would backtrack, and think, “oh no, I don’t know, maybe he was only three years older than me,” or you know – my trainer would kind of give hints that, you know, four years is leading toward a report, so you need to fix it, not directly, like with the tone of her voice. And the minor would backtrack and say, “maybe I’m mistaken.”

And we would take the lower age just so that we wouldn’t have to report it. This is what my trainer used to do, you know, kind of coerce them into saying something that wouldn’t lead to report.

Sarah Terzo “Former abortion workers say they ‘lied about ages’ to avoid reporting sexual abuseLive Action News October 9, 2018

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