Abortionist talks about “uteri with holes” from abortion

Abortionist William J. Sweeney III wrote:

“Now, as long as we stay inside the uterus, everything’s okay. But if we put that suction apparatus outside – if we happen to perforate that soft uterus – then the machine can suck out lots of things, like a lady’s intestines. The liberal press doesn’t tell you about all the uteri that have holes in them and those that have been removed. So I don’t think it ought to be said that abortions are the benign little procedures people would like them to be.”

William J. Sweeney III, MD, Barbara Lang Stern Woman’s Doctor: A Year in the Life of an Obstetrician-Gynecologist (New York: Morrow & Company, 1973) 206

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Abortionist jailed for manslaughter believes every abortionist has perforated a uterus

Sharon Hampton went to abortionist Bruce Steir for a second trimester abortion. Steir later pleaded guilty to perforating Hampton’s uterus, pulling out part of her bowel, and stuffing it back into her body and sending her home to bleed to death. He was convicted of manslaughter. Years later, Steir wrote:

“The demise of my patient was from a perforation of the uterus. This is a well-known complication. Any experienced abortion provider will admit to having had at least one. If he or she denies ever having perforated a uterus then I must conclude that they either have not performed too many second trimester abortions, or they are in denial, or just covering up with a sense of false pride.”

Bruce Steir Jailhouse Journal of an OB/GYN (Bloomington, Indiana: Author House, 2008) 280

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Doctor describes seeing abortion complications

Dr. Dennis Conneen, emergency room doctor in Orange County, California:

“The disadvantage girls have that go to a clinic for an abortion is the clinics close at 5:00 PM. Some girls travel to other counties to have abortions, and it’s difficult for them to get help from that clinic after hours if problems arise. So those women who do have complications come in on evenings and weekends into the emergency room.

Almost every month in the emergency room where I work, we see a woman coming in with a medical complication resulting from abortion. Out of those cases, I would say that one out of three requires hospitalization or a minor surgical procedure called a D&C. In some cases, the abortion is incomplete and there are pieces of the fetus in the uterus. These women usually experience a couple of weeks of cramping and bleeding after the abortion and decide to come in. Sometimes all they need is some blood and other fluids. Other times they need a D&C to scrape the uterus out.

One case involved a 24-year-old woman who came into the emergency room complaining of bleeding and cramps related to an abortion that she had had one week prior. She called the doctor who performed the abortion, and he said the abortion was complete and there should be no problems. He figured that the amount of tissue that he removed was sufficient for the age of the fetus. But sometimes, women do not give the correct conception date to the doctor who is performing the abortion. I took a look and saw the fetus’s head still inside of her. The baby’s head was as large as a golf ball! So I pulled it out.… You could see the trauma caused to the fetus by the abortion process. It was really beat up.”

Julia C Loren The Note on the Mirror: Pregnant Teenagers Tell Their Stories (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1990) 86 – 87

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Abortion clinic where 4 women died is “less than admirable”

Deborah Ruhe, New Hampshire Feminist Health Center, administrative and outreach director, on an abortion clinic that was closed after 4 women died there of botched abortions:

“There are probably some abortion providers who are less than admirable, but I don’t see that as the norm.”

Scott Kraft “The Business is Abortion: And It’s a Big BusinessObserver-Reporter January 18, 1983

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Abortionist describes how a woman can go into shock during abortion

Abortionist Dr. Henry Morgantaler says that a woman can go into shock during an abortion. He says:

“Shock is a serious condition characterized by a loss of consciousness in an awake patient and by a substantial drop in blood pressure. It may be caused by an overreaction to pain during or after the procedure or by excessive anxiety and nervous tension. Usually under these conditions it does not last long and responds readily to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

When shock is the result of more serious causes, such as hemorrhage with excessive blood loss or perforation of the uterus, the appropriate measures to treat these complications are indicated and will get the patient out of shock.”

Henry Morgentaler Abortion and Contraception (New York: Beaufort Books, Inc., 1982) 79 – 80

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British abortionist comments on why National Health Service abortions are dangerous

British OBGYN Peter Diggory explains why more women suffer complications from abortions when abortions are performed by the National Health Service in England.

“Consultant gynecologists in the NHS [National Health Service] are invariably busy and have the responsibility for teaching technical expertise to their juniors: only rarely will they have the time and the interest to become good abortionists. In this context the paper reporting the highest level of complications I’ve ever read about was published from an academic unit of high repute.”

Abortion: Medical Progress and Social Implications, CIBA Foundation Symposium 115 (London: Pitman, 1985) 13

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Abortionist speaks on perforation of uterus

Abortionist Henry Morgentaler on the danger of perforating the uterus during an abortion:

“What happens during dilatation is that the doctor tries to widen the diameter of the cervical canal leading to the uterine cavity by pushing metal dilators through it. As he does this he encounters muscular resistance. A very thin dilator might pass through the cervical canal easily; however, as they progressively increase in thickness, the resistance of the muscles holding the cervix closed increases correspondingly. The doctor overcomes this resistance by steady pressure until it gives way and the dilator slips into the uterine cavity. Occasionally, the resistance gives way suddenly and the dilator is then propelled into the uterus with a force which might bring it in too far, thus perforating the uterine wall. In pregnancy, the uterine wall softens considerably and thins out in certain places; if the dilator hits a weakened spot, it might go through it. If the doctor is unaware of this, and often he has no way of knowing, he will pursue the dilatation which will then enlarge the perforation.

When the opening necessary for the abortion has attained the appropriate diameter, the doctor will try to evacuate the uterus but may find that no material is forthcoming because his instruments, instead of being in the uterine cavity, are elsewhere, usually in the abdominal cavity. If the aspiration cannula or sharp curette is used, it may damage the small intestine or rupture a major blood vessel with immediate shock a likely occurrence. Major surgery is then needed to repair the damaged abdominal organs.”

Henry Morgentaler Abortion and Contraception (New York: Beaufort Books, Inc., 1982) 73 – 74

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Researcher: “medical hazards of abortion are significant”

Thomas Hilgers, MD studied various sources to determine the safety of abortion. Pro-life writer John Ankerberg writes:

After examining “the vast body of the world’s medical literature on the subject” he concluded that “the medical hazards of legally induced abortion are very significant and should be conscientiously weighed.”

W Hilgers, Dennis J Horan Abortion and Social Justice (Thaxton, Virginia: Sun Life, 1980) 58, 77

John Ankerberg The Facts on Abortion (Smashwords Edition 2011)

This is an older quote, but it shows that shortly after abortion’s legalization, the procedure was not as safe as pro-choice activists had claimed it would be.

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Abortionist calls abortion a “blind procedure”

Abortionist William J. Sweeney III, MD comments on the medical difficulty of abortion:

“The first reason I don’t like abortions is technical: it’s such a blind procedure. You can’t see what you’re doing, and you can’t really feel what you’re doing. Abortion is certainly not the simple, obvious process people have been led to believe.”

He recalls a conversation with a colleague who also did abortions. The other doctor says:

“My wife said to me the other night, “It’s just like a D&C, isn’t it?” So I told her, “Hell, no.”

“Hell, no” is right,” I replied. As interns we did D&Cs, where we dilate the cervix and scrape the lining of the uterus. But a nonpregnant uterus is a rather firm organ. Put a curette inside and at least you can feel the uterine walls. A pregnant uterus on which you perform an abortion is soft. You can’t feel the top of it. It’s like curetting a cloud. You could perforate that uterus without ever knowing it and then have to go back and operate abdominally to repair the damage you might have done.”

William J. Sweeney III, MD, Barbara Lang Stern Woman’s Doctor: A Year in the Life of an Obstetrician-Gynecologist (New York: Morrow & Company, 1973) 204, 205

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Abortionist had drinking problem

Judy was an abortion clinic worker working for an abortionist who was always drunk. When she got pregnant with a wanted baby, the abortionist promised he would be sober when he delivered her baby. He had no problem being drunk when he did abortions:

“The OB/GYN doctor I worked for said, “Judy, when you have your baby, I promise not to be drunk on that day; I will remain sober for your C-section.” I was happy to know that he didn’t want to make any mistakes concerning me or my baby.

I truly believed that the doctor drank excessively because deep down in his heart, he knew that he was taking lives through abortion, and this must’ve weighed heavily upon his conscience. It was only two years after the birth of my daughter that he died in a horrible automobile accident that had been caused by his drinking. After the birth of my daughter, I never went back to work at that clinic.”

Cheryl Chew Make Me Your Choice (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 2006) 95

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