An article in the Journal of Clinical Nursing says:
“… the New Zealand situation would be common in that nurses are frequently required to clean and dress the fetus, ensure transfer to an appropriate receptacle if the mother wants to see it, all the while supporting the woman as she goes through this process. This often occurs after a lengthy period when the women and nurses have been intimately connected, working through a range of decisions such as whether the mother wants to see, and perhaps name or photograph the fetus. Consequently, although women undergoing mid-trimester termination are `well’, this is a challenging clinical event that requires much from nurses in terms of physiological and psychological skill and expertise.”
ANNETTE D. HUNTINGTON RGON, BN, PhD “Working with women experiencing mid-trimester termination of pregnancy: the integration of nursing and feminist knowledge in the gynaecological setting” Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2002, 11 273-279
Joy Davis, a former abortion worker, wrote about her fellow clinic workers:
“We don’t have conversations. Sometimes the employees faint. Sometimes they throw up. Sometimes they have to leave the room. It’s just problems that we deal with, but it’s not talked about… If you really dwell on it, and talk about it all the time, then it gets more personal. It gets more real to you. You just don’t talk about it, try not to think about it… If [the abortionist] ever caught you discussing something like that, he’d fire you.”
Interview of Joy Davis done by Life Dynamics in 1993
Mark Crutcher Lime 5: Exploited by Choice (Denton, Texas: Life Dynamics, Inc., 1996) 187
An abortion clinic worker described what happened at the abortion clinic when aborted baby came out whole and not dismembered and mutilated:
“We had someone pretty much deliver [her aborted baby before the procedure was underway] – and [the baby] wasn’t dismembered, the way all the other fetuses are … we had this totally intact dead fetus …. Normally [it is] in pieces we just put it in the bucket. But it felt so horribly wrong to just throw it in the bucket with all the fetal parts so we got its own jar …. and [the surgical assistant] went outside and picked some flowers and got some leaves and we wrapped it up in one of the blue pads [as a blanket.]”
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)
One abortion clinic worker said the following in a book on abortion counseling intended to be read by abortion workers :
“I find [working in the abortion clinic] draining and exhausting, I become tired to the point where I do not want to relate to anyone, especially my family who may be in need of emotional support. I feel I sometimes suffer from burnout.”
Joanna Brien, Ida Fairbairn Pregnancy and Abortion Counseling (London: Routledge, 1996) 169
A nurse who assisted in abortions still has nightmares 20 years later:
“I have never had an abortion, but I am an RN who feels as if I have had one… emotionally. I assisted with them for 10 years. After 10 years of emotional “rape,” I finally grew strong enough to stop assisting them in all ways. My depression has gone, and I have adopted a child. I have not assisted with an abortion in 20 years. I prayed for forgiveness and I know I am forgiven, but the nightmares continue.”
Jennifer O’Neill Healing through God’s Grace after Abortion (Deerfield Beach, Florida: Faith Communications, 2005) 46
“There is a numbing sameness lurking in this job; the same questions, the same answers, even the same trembling tone in the voices… Still, I cultivate a certain disregard. It isn’t negligence, but I don’t always pay attention.”
Sallie Tisdale “We Do Abortions Here” Harper’s October 1987, 66 – 70
An abortionist describes a problem he has with doing second trimester D&E abortions:
“The only problem is a personnel problem. It’s an unattractive method because you have to morselate [that is, cut into small pieces] the fetus, and then remove it with forceps rather than a nice little suction catheter. The girls in the operating room don’t exactly draw straws to go in with you.”
Jonathan B Imber Abortion and the Private Practice of Medicine (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986) 86
Dr. Aaron Sacks trained to do abortions, but after residency, decided not to do them. He explains why:
“Since finishing residency, I have never done any abortions. I think it has to do with – as much as I would like to say that it’s only my practice – but if I really look honestly, I would prefer not to do the abortions because somehow it’s difficult for me to draw the line between a child and a fetus and a baby. And all that is semantics to me… It touches me somewhere inside. [During training] I tried not to think [about] what I am doing. I just did it in the best technical manner I could do… And I was just looking at the end of the day to finish and that’s it.”
Lori Freedman Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010) 44
Former abortion worker Jewels Green describes the nightmare she had while she was working abortion clinic:
“After an abortion, the instrument tray was passed through the window in the wall into the autoclave room. The other thing that passed through was the Jar. It held the precious contents that just moments before had comfortably resided inside the mother’s womb.
It looked like an oversized glass pickle jar. It was emptied next to me on the countertop: teeny tiny hands and feet and arms and legs and a rib cage and a spine and a hollow, flattened, misshapen, torn head.
I saw it all.
I smelled it all.
Every time. Up to 30 times a day, four days a week…..
I started having nightmares, haunted by tiny, limbless phantom babies. I was floating down a narrow stream with miniature body parts strewn on either shore – and then I’d begin to sink. I’d flail and gasp and go under.”
Patrick Madrid Surprised by Life (Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2017) 52