Last Days Ministries published this interview with a former abortion clinic worker. The original pamphlet can be found here.
]Q: What were your duties at the clinic?
A: I was hired as a medical assistant to help the doctor with procedures in the operating room. From there I was promoted through a number of jobs and finally to administrator of the clinic.
Q: What’s a typical visit to an abortion clinic like?
A: When a girl called to make her appointment, we’d work her in as soon as possible. If she called on Tuesday, we’d have her in no later than Friday. We wanted to avoid a long waiting period where she’d have time to think about it. First she would fill out her forms, and then talk with a counselor.
Q: Did any women ever decide not to have the abortion as a result of the counseling?
A: At the most, ten patients a month out of 300 to 450.
Q: Do you feel the “counseling” was meant to benefit the patient or the clinic?
A: The counselors were trained in what areas to cover and which to avoid. They’d say, “I know this is a terrible situation you’re in. What can we do to help make this better for you? Yeah, it doesn’t sound like you’re ready for a pregnancy right now.” Their task was to keep the machinery moving – to get the woman into the procedure room as quickly as possible.
Q: What happened next?
A: After the lab work was done and the pre-op medications were given, she’d be ready for the procedure. If she’s eight to ten weeks pregnant, the abortion takes only five to seven minutes.
Q: Would she be awake?
A: Yes. She’s given a local anesthetic in her cervix.
Q: What type of abortion would be performed?
A: Vacuum aspirations. The doctor used a machine to suck out the contents of the uterus. The farther along the woman is in her pregnancy, the larger and more developed the baby. Sometimes what happens is the tube isn’t wide enough for the material to pass through. Then the doctor would insert forceps into the uterus and actually pull out the larger parts.
Q: So you saw the doctor put in forceps and pull out a leg?
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Q: Or a head? An arm?
A: Yes The first time I saw it, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Q:Were you prepared for it?
A: No This particular pregnancy was farther along than 12 weeks. The doctor was pulling out arms and legs and all kinds of things. And the procedure took about 45 minutes. The woman was in extreme pain and very upset. I freaked out and left the room. I was getting faint, so I sat down and put my head between my legs, trying to get myself together.
All the nurses gathered around, telling me, “Don’t think about it. Don’t worry about it. It’s not that bad. “Think of this poor woman if she had to keep this baby. Look at how we’re helping her.” The doctor came out and said, “You did a good job. You’re going to be a fine assistant.” That’s the day I closed my eyes to what was going on around me.
Q: Do the mothers ever see what you saw?
A: Oh, no. The biggest thing they want to do is hide all that from the mother. If she knew then she might say “no.”
Q: What happened to you after that day?
A: I blocked out the reality of what I’d become a party to. You don’t allow yourself to deal with the fact that there’s a living human being growing in that woman’s uterus… and you are killing it.
Q: So you came to believe what you were doing was wrong?
A: Absolutely. I can tell you from my own experience, that baby is full-fledged human at the very beginning.
Q: Is the “abortion industry” really as diabolical as it seems?
A: The medical profession has attempted to sterilize the whole issue. To reduce it to just another procedure. They’ve convinced themselves that it’s just a blob without life – “a product of conception.” The baby comes out in chunks, totally mutilated, and they point to that and say, “It’s only a hunk of tissue.” Anybody who can see straight can recognize how desperately wicked it really is.
Q: . Then why do doctors get involved with abortions?
Q: . What would you say to the woman who’s facing an unwanted pregnancy?
A: I understand your desperation, but you can find help. It’s out there. The price you pay for an abortion is far greater than the cold cash you have to lay down on the table at that abortion clinic. Get all the information before you make your decision – and I pray God will give you the strength to choose life.