Former clinic worker Luhra Tivis discusses her role as an abortion counselor. Tivis was pro-choice when she started working at the clinic, but became uneasy with abortion based on the experiences she had working there.
“They decided they would train me to answer the phone. So I thought they were going to tell me how they wanted the information sheet filled out, and how to keep the phone record, and this and that. But what I was handed instead was a packet of information, materials to study, on how to be a high-pressure salesperson over the phone — you know, like telemarketing. How to convince somebody to buy your product. There was nothing in the material that had anything to do with the medical profession or helping women. I was very puzzled as to why they would be doing this. I hadn’t found out how lucrative it was yet. So I studied, and I tried to answer the phone the way they wanted me to, even up to the very end.”
Quoted by Rachel MacNair in Achieving Peace in the Abortion War” by Rachel M MacNair, Ph.D., published by the Feminism & Nonviolence Studies Association January 2009.http://www.fnsa.org/apaw/
In the film “Abortion: An Inside Look” Tivis said the following:
And one woman called and she said I’m calling for my daughter, I want to know how the procedure done and so forth and she said have you ever had a live birth? And it really shook me up to hear that question because I didn’t even think about that. So I asked my supervisor Elana, what should I tell her, which is she talking about?” And Elana told her “tell her we have never had a live birth at this clinic.” And I found out later that was a lie.
In another article, she says:
“From May to November 1988, I worked for an abortionist. He specializes in third trimester killings. I witnessed evidence of the brutal, cold blooded murder of over 600 viable, healthy babies at seven, eight and nine months gestation. A very, very few of these babies, less than 2%, were handicapped…
I thought I was pro-choice and I was glad to be working in an abortion clinic. I thought I was helping provide a noble service to women in crisis….I was instructed to falsify the age of the babies in medical records. I was required to lie to the mothers over the phone, as they scheduled their appointments, and to tell them that they were not ‘too far along’ Then I had to note, in the records that Dr. Tiller’s needle had successfully pierced the walls of the baby’s heart, injecting the poison what brought death…one day, Dr. Tiller came up the stairs from the basement, where the mothers were in labor. He was carrying a large cardboard box, and ducked into the employees only area of the office so that he wouldn’t have to walk through the waiting room. He passed behind my desk as I sat working on the computer, and he turned the corner to go around a short hall. He called out for me to come and help him. the box was so big and heavy in his arms that he couldn’t get the key into the lock. So I unlocked the door for him, and , pushing the door open, I saw very clearly the gleaming metal of the crematorium- a full sized crematorium, just like the one’s used in funeral homes. I went back to my computer. I could hear Dr. Tiller firing up the gas oven. A few minutes later I could smell burning human flesh. Mine was the agony of a participant, however reluctant, in the act of prenatal infanticide.”
Luhra Tivis “Where is the Real Violence?” Celebrate Life. Sept/Oct 1994
Note: this article was written before the murder of Dr. Tiller. Violence against abortion providers is morally wrong and hypocritical. The owners of clinic quotes vehemently oppose such actions.
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