Pro-abortion activist Judith Arcana, who performed illegal abortions before Roe:
“… we should never disregard the fact that being pregnant means there is a baby growing inside of a woman, a baby whose life is ended. We ought not to pretend this is not happening…. In the clinics, having an abortion is sometimes compared to going to a dentist. There is no discussion of, and no acceptance of, what is actually being done when the choice is made, when the responsibility to abort is accepted.”
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
An article in Social Science & Medicine discusses the things abortionists feel they cannot say about their work, for fear it will hurt the pro-abortion cause. One topic the article covers is how abortionists acknowledge abortion is killing. One abortionist says:
“[A]bortion is life and death and I think for me it’s about providers saying, “Yes, we end lives here,” and being okay with that … I had a woman wake up in the recovery room and say, “I just killed my baby.” And I said to her, “You did, and that’s okay.” And just, being okay, to say that…. That’s what I feel we’re doing here. And I’m okay with that.”
Lisa A. Martin, PhD, Jane A. Hassinger, MSW, Michelle Debbink, MD, PhD, Lisa H. Harris, MD, PhD “Dangertalk: Voices of abortion providers” Social Science & Medicine 184 (2017) 75-83
Read more quotes from abortionists admitting abortion is killing.
In the section on Abortion Counseling, you can read stories from former Planned Parenthood workers and former Planned Parenthood patients talking about how PP denies that a pregnant woman is carrying a “baby.” Instead, they use words like “products of conception” or “fetal tissue.” But in a video on YouTube aimed at teaching children about sex, PP admits they knew it was a baby all along. The video narrator says:
“With younger children you can keep it simple and direct. For example, you can say “A baby grows in a parent’s belly and comes out of their vagina.” That may be all it takes to satisfy their curiosity. If they ask, “How does the baby get in the belly?” You can say something like, “Most women have tiny eggs in a special part of their belly. Most men have very tiny seeds, called sperm. If sperm and egg meet they can grow into a baby.”
In a hearing on abortion that took place in Brisbane, abortionist Dr. Carol Portmann says:
“Basically, for a late termination of pregnancy you just do not induce a baby: you must do a procedure where the baby passes away….
If we are talking about a late termination, then it also means you would want to have an evaluation of that person’s social and psychiatric wellbeing. If there is something wrong with the baby, then you need to be sure that what is wrong with the baby has an absolutely certain outcome. That takes time. Our feeling about it as well is that it is not something that you would choose to do at 39½ weeks with a woman in labour. One of the things we counsel a person is that, if our decision with you is not made before you go into labour, then we are not doing the procedure.”
PUBLIC HEARING—INQUIRY INTO THE TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY BILL 2018, HEALTH, COMMUNITIES, DISABILITY SERVICES AND DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION COMMITTEE, TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS, 12 SEPTEMBER 2018, Brisbane, p 6
The process “so the baby passes away” is an injection of poison (digoxin or Potassium chloride) into the baby to kill him or her before inducing labor.
Abortionist Lisa Harris, who does second trimester abortions, writes:
“Currently, the violence and, frankly, the gruesomeness of abortion is owned only by those who would like to see abortion (at any time in pregnancy) disappear, by those who stand outside clinics and in front of sports arenas holding placards with pictures of fetal parts and partially dismembered fetal bodies. The pro-choice movement has not owned or owned up to the reality of the fetus, or the reality of fetal parts. Since the common anti-abortion stance is that the fetus has a right to life, those who support abortion access necessarily deny such a right. However, in doing so, the fetus is usually neglected entirely, becomes unimportant, nothing. Instead of acknowledging what is on the placards, abortion rights activists may say in response to them that they are fake pictures or that abortions don’t really look like that. However, to a doctor and clinic team involved in second trimester abortion, they very well may. Of course, acknowledging the violence of abortion risks admitting that the stereotypes that anti-abortion forces hold of us are true – that we are butchers, etc.
It is worth considering for a moment the relationship of feminism to violence. In general feminism is a peaceful movement. It does not condone violent problem-solving, and opposes war and capital punishment. But abortion is a version of violence. What do we do with that contradiction?”