One abortionist, talking about abortion and birth control:
“Those [young and poor] are the ones that need it most. There are so many damn welfare programs. It’s like spitting in the ocean. Here is a positive program – the kids live in an environment that doesn’t offer much hope. I don’t think we are going to lose very many Napoleons or Beethovens doing this… The population problem is not caused by the offspring of young engineers or doctors – that fewer of these, the fewer there will be to support those who don’t limit their offspring. If we don’t do something about it, we will populate ourselves off the earth. That’s suicide, slow suicide. That’s one solution.”
Jonathan B Imber Abortion and the Private Practice of Medicine (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986) 51-52
On old textbook on abortion published in 1977 gives the following instructions to abortionists:
“Psychiatric problems are extremely important to uncover before the patient undergoes [a] clinic abortion…There are enough problems inherent in interrupting a pregnancy without adding the risk of hysterical reactions that can mimic serious medical conditions.”
Selig Neubardt Techniques of Abortion (Boston: Little, Brown, 1977) 25-26
Former abortion worker Annette Lancaster says the following about abortionists in her clinic:
“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.”
Darla Patterson, an abortion clinic worker, made these observations on the website Tales from the Clinic:
“People who are lost often call us on their crap reception cellular phones and shout frantically through the mouthpiece at us the names of the streets they’re passing. They don’t want to stop and ask for directions in case people figure out where they’re going or because they’re just so tweaked out about it all that they can’t behave rationally. The fact that a good number of women are cloak-and-dagger furtive about their abortions can be somewhat tirtesome (sic) in these sort of situations, even though it’s understandable. I imagine that if I could watch their cars from a spaceship hovering above they would look like drunken bees careening around and around the hive of our clinic. Or the anti-hive, more precisely.”
The New York Times ran an article about unlicensed abortion “mills” that injured women and operated under terrible conditions:
These are usually private doctors’ offices masquerading as clinics — that is, the doctors are licensed, but the clinics are not. Many of the mills, though not all, are situated in poorer neighborhoods, where immigrants, the uneducated and non-English-speaking residents form a core of clients.
The New York Times goes on to say:
Most mills, officials said, lack such proper equipment as sonogram or ultrasound machines that help determine the age, size, position and other vital data on a fetus. Sonograms are normally required after the 12th week of pregnancy.
…. officials say some abortion mills make no effort to determine the age of the fetus and illegally abort pregnancies in the third trimester. After the 24th week, a pregnancy may be ended only in a hospital and only if the mother’s life is in danger.
From one health official:
“We don’t know as much as we’d like to,” Mr. Slocum said. “They’re underground, unfortunately, and we learn about them only when someone files a complaint or ends up in an emergency room. All we can see is the surface, but that is troubling to us. We suspect there is a lot more we don’t see.”
From former abortion clinic director Abby Johnson:
“Although abortion advocates are constantly spouting slogans declaring their unwavering love and devotion to women, in reality, it is commonplace for some clinic workers to ignore, marginalize, blame, and ridicule the women who trust them – especially those who become confrontational when dissatisfied with services rendered by the clinic.”
Abby Johnson The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2016) 18
Norma Goldberger, who was planning on opening up her own abortion facility, requested to see an abortion procedure at a busy center. She recounts this conversation:
I heard the clinic director explains to the physician, “There’s this really smart woman here that wants to see an abortion.” The doctor paying half attention responded, “If she’s so smart then why is she here?”
I realized at that moment that he assumed I was there for an abortion and he felt birth control failure was the result of being a dumb woman.
Not all the doctors performing abortions are feminists.
Norma Goldberger Abortion Confidential: Secrets of an Abortion Clinic Owner (CreateSpace , November 23, 2014) Kindle Edition
Late term abortionist Warren Hern’s wife worked in an abortion clinic as well.When Hern was working in Spain as an abortionist, he wrote her letters. Speaking in broken English, because she grew up in Cuba, Hern’s wife recalls the content of one of the letters:
“When I was aborting in Spain, I finished the abortion to a young woman, first trimester. When I finish this procedure, she sit on the table, see me to my face, say, Oh, doctor, you are really nice, you are such angel, how do you kill babies? I say, I’m sorry, I don’t kill any baby. I aspirate gestational sac. You kill your baby.“
John H. Richardson “The last abortion doctor” EsquireSeptember 1, 2009
From Merle Hoffman, who co-founded and ran an abortion clinic for many years, talks about sexist remarks from abortion doctors:
“… some doctors would make blatantly sexist remarks. “Come on, you knew how to spread your legs before you got here, you can spread them for the exam,” a doctor once chided. Another commanded a patient to keep still, saying, “Keep your backside on the table – you should know pretty well how to do that by now.”
Merle Hoffman Intimate Wars: the Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room (New York: Feminist Press, 2012) 76 – 77
This is a pro-choice book where Hoffman defends her career as an abortion provider.
You can see how these doctors are not exactly champions of women’s rights. Women who go in for abortions are often already feeling emotional and scared and being emotionally abused only leads to them having more traumatic experiences. It is clear that these doctors are not motivated by wanting to help women. Perhaps it is the money they can make doing abortions that motivates them.