Joyce Craigg, director of a Brooklyn Planned Parenthood clinic, worked in surgery assisting in late abortions for two months, then quit.
“The doctors would remove the fetus while performing hysterotomies and then lay it on the table, where it would squirm until it died. One Catholic doctor would call for sterile water every time he performed a hysterotomy and baptize them then and there. They all had perfect forms and shapes. I couldn’t take it. No nurse could.”…
James Burtchaell, editor Rachel Weeping and Other Essays on Abortion ( Life Cycle Books 1982) 34
A hysterotomy abortion is similar to a C-section, were an incision is made into a woman’s uterus and the baby removed. It is done late in pregnancy, but before the point where a baby can survive on its own. These abortions were rarely done even in the 1980s, they are almost never done today because they result in a live birth of a baby that has to be disposed of. Also, they carry unnecessary medical risks for the mother. Today most late-term abortions are done by D&E, where the baby is dismembered in utero, or by injecting digoxin into the woman’s uterus or directly into the baby’s heart to stop it, then inducing labor.Share on Facebook