Textbook for abortion workers describes “identifiable fetal parts”

In a book that is intended to train abortion clinic workers, there is this statement on a D&E abortion:

“Identifiable fetal parts are removed. This technique requires skill and is seen as being technically and aesthetically difficult.”

Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, 1996) 49

A diagram of a D&E

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Abortionists describe procedure

Two abortionists describing selective abortions done on multiple pregnancies:

“Using ultra-sound to locate each fetus, the doctors would insert a needle into the chest cavity of the most accessible fetus and place the needle tip directly into the heart of the baby. Potassium chloride was then injected into the heart and the heart was viewed on the ultrasound screen until it stopped beating. Even at 9 weeks, 3 of the 12 fetuses selected for elimination presented problems. The heart continued to beat and the procedure had to be repeated.”

“Selective Abortion, AKA Pregnancy Reduction.” New England Journal of Medicine, April 21, 1988

Preborn baby at 9-10 weeks
Preborn baby at 9-10 weeks
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Abortion Doulas on Induced Labor Abortions

One way of doing abortions is by induction, or  inducing labor. These are induced labor abortions. The baby is usually first injected with poison, such as digoxin or potassium chloride, killing him or her. Labor is induced, usually with prostaglandins or cytotec. The woman goes through labor and “gives birth” to her dead child. All third trimester and many late second trimester abortions are done this way. Induced labor abortions are very painful to the mother.

Induced labor abortions are often done  when the mother is aborting due to fetal anomaly (a disability or illness in the baby) because she wants to hold, photograph, or see the baby afterwards .

In their book, abortion doulas Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell, who have seen many abortions,  describe abortion by induction:

“Some clients are under the impression that labor inductions would be more “natural” or easier or safer than the surgical abortion. Many think of their own birth experiences with other children, and they feel more comfortable doing that than they do dealing with the drama of having a surgical abortion. It’s a rude awakening when they realize that a labor induction is not very “natural” at all. Clients are given medications to start labor and IV’s with fluids. They are strapped to monitors – they can’t move, they can’t eat, and their contractions are often so bad that they choose an epidural. According to physician David Grimes, the uterus is not evolved to deliver a pregnancy during the second trimester. Miscarriages usually happen in the first trimester, and babies are delivered in the third, at the end of the pregnancy. Labor inductions in the second trimester can be as long and arduous as any full-term birth but with more medications. In other words – not a natural birth process.”

Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell The Doulas: Radical Care for Pregnant People (New York: Feminist Press, 2016) 115

This is what babies look like when they are killed by induced labor abortions:

Induced labor abortions
Baby killed by an Induced labor abortion
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Abortionist does early abortions with his bare hands

Vincent J Genovese wrote a book about an illegal abortionist who performed over 100,000 abortions before Roe V Wade. The author praises the abortionist throughout the book, and lifts him up as a champion for women. In this passage, Genovese describes how the abortionist killed a very young unborn baby:

“With the dilation complete, the next step… was to extract the fetus. At this point, most doctors prefer to use a blunt instrument called a curette to accomplish this. Dr. Spencer preferred using his index finger. His hands were small and extremely tuned to the touch of the uterus… He simply inserted his finger and moved it deftly against the uterine wall, causing both fetus and placenta to break free. When he felt this happen he would call for small pair of forceps and gently remove the 7-week-old embryo. It was discarded without any sense of loss into a basin which already held two others from this morning’s work. He went back to make sure all the products of conception were removed and that the uterus had begun to contract in order that there be no bleeding.”

Vincent J Genovese The Angel of Ashland: Practicing Compassion and Tempting Fate (Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2000) 14 – 15

Seven week-old preborn baby
Seven week-old preborn baby
Close-up of seven week preborn baby's feet
Close-up of seven week preborn baby’s feet
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Study on late term abortion weighs and measures aborted babies

Well-known late term abortionist Dr. Warren Hern conducted a study:

“Examination of the tissue postoperatively included weighing the fetus and placenta separately and careful measurement of fetal parts…..

The final estimate of gestational age ranged from 13 to 26 menstrual weeks; 40% of the pregnancies were from 13 to 15 weeks of gestation,  26.8% from 16 to 18 weeks, 15.8% from 19 to 20 weeks, 10.8% from 21 to 22 weeks, 6.4% from 23 to 24 weeks, and 0.2% from 25 to 26 weeks….

18 weeks
18 weeks

Serious underestimation of the length of gestation occurred in two patients with postoperative estimates of gestational age at 25 and 26 weeks, respectively.  Fetal weights ranged from 11 to 730 gm, fetal foot lengths ranged from 9 to 51 mm, and biparietal diameters ranged from 18 to 62 mm.”

WARREN M. HERN  “Outpatient second-trimester D&E abortion through 24 menstrual weeks’ gestation

 

24 weeks
24 weeks
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Family Planning Perspectives on D&E abortions

An article in Family Planning Perspectives describes D & E abortion:

“[A] physician performing a D&E must deal with the second trimester foetus in an intimate, physical way…ossified parts, such as the skull, must be crushed. The bone fragments must be extracted carefully to avoid tearing the cervix. Reconstruction of the fetal sections after removal from the uterus is necessary to ensure completeness of the abortion procedure”.

“Emotional Impact of D&E vs. Instillation,” Family Planning Perspectives, Nov./Dec., 1977.

Remains of a D&E abortion
Remains of a D&E abortion
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