Say Goodbye to Your Baby

From the late Dr. George Tiller’s website:

“If you wish to see the baby, we call this an identification and separation encounter. After we deliver and after the twilight anesthesia has worn off so that you will remember the process we will bring the baby to you either at the bedside, or we will go to our quiet room and we will bring the baby to you there. During this encounter we will describe to you what’s right with your baby we will identify what’s wrong with your baby you may hold the baby, we will take pictures of you and the family holding the baby if you wish and that is not an uncommon request.… The identification and separation encounter may involve two or three hours of bonding with the baby. The idea the identification that this is your baby and you have had a delivery. We understand beyond a shadow of a doubt that the difficult part of this process is not premature delivery of a stillborn…. The difficult part of the process is saying goodbye to the relationship you have with your baby, saying goodbye to the hopes and dreams you had… You have placed this baby in your life someplace and you simply have to start the process of saying goodbye.”

Dr. Tiller did abortions in the second and third trimester. Some were on babies who had an illness or birth defects such as Down syndrome, others were for elective reasons. On his website, Dr. Tiller referred to the unborn child as a “baby” over 13 times.

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I Know It’s Murder from the Beginning

six-month-old unborn baby – legal to abort in the United States

“I see more of murder the further along they get. Although inside me I know it’s murder from the beginning…”

Anonymous abortion clinic worker

James Tunstead Burtechaell, C.S.C. Rachel Weeping: the Case against Abortion (San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row Publishers, 1982) 135 – 136

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Angry Feelings for Killing a Baby

20 to 22 week-old unborn baby

“I have angry feelings at myself for feeling good about grasping the calvaria [head], for feeling good about doing a technically good procedure that destroys a fetus, kills a baby.”

Anonymous abortionist

Diane M. Gianelli, “Abortion Providers Share Inner Conflicts,” American Medical News, July 12, 1993

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If You Choose to Kill It, I Will Do the Killing


“[The author] said “Is this a fair way of expressing what you have just said, Doctor? You tell the mother “because your baby is defective, you have the right to kill it or not to kill it. If you choose to kill it, I will do the killing.” “Of course,” he [the abortionist] said. “There is no other way to say it and be honest.”

Conversation with an abortion doctor

Jeff Lane Hensley. The Zero People (Servant Books: Ann Arbor) 1983, p 9

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Abortion Isn’t Natural

“It [abortion] goes against all things which are natural. It’s a termination of a life, however you look at it.”

Abortionist Robert Harris

Magda Denes, PhD. In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside an Abortion Hospital (Basic Books, Inc.: New York) 1976 147

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The Hippocratic oath

“In the beginning I was mixed up because I was taught by the Hippocratic Oath not to take a life.”

Abortionist Michael Christie

Magda Denes, PhD. In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside an Abortion Hospital (Basic Books, Inc.: New York) 1976 145

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Here I Am Destroying Life

“When you do a D & C most of the tissue is removed by the Olden forceps or ring clamp and you actually get gross parts of the fetus out. So you can see a miniature person so to speak, and even now I occasionally feel a little peculiar about it because as a physician I’m trained to conserve life and here I am destroying life.”

Dr. Benjamin Kalish, abortionist

Magda Denes, PhD. In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside an Abortion Hospital (Basic Books, Inc.: New York) 1976. 140

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Well, They Are Killing a Baby

“A lot of people say they’re killing their baby. You get a lot of that. Some people afterwards get very upset and say ‘I killed my baby.’ Or even before, they say ‘My circumstances are such that I can’t keep it, but I’m killing my baby.’ They wouldn’t rather have the baby, and give it up for adoption either. If you go into that with them they will say that they could never do that…and yet they still consider it killing the baby…well, they are killing a baby. I mean, they are killing something that would develop into maturity…”

Clinic Worker Dora Greenwald

Magda Denes, PhD. In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside an Abortion Hospital (Basic Books, Inc.: New York) 1976. p 77

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Ending Life

“I dare say any thinking sensitive individual can’t not realize that he is ending life or potential life.”

Abortionist Dr. Charles Bender

Magda Denes, PhD. In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside an Abortion Hospital (Basic Books, Inc.: New York) 1976. p 64

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Who Owns The Child?

“I do have moral compunctions. And if I see a case that’s later, like after 20 weeks where it frankly is a child to me, I really agonize over it because the potential is so imminently there. I think, “Gee, it’s too bad that this child couldn’t be adopted.” On the other hand, I have another position, which I think is superior in the hierarchy of questions, and that is: “Who owns the child?” It’s got to be the mother.”

The late Dr. James MacMahon, who performed D&X (also known as Partial Birth) abortions

Nat Hentoff “It’s Just too Late: Third Trimester Abortions are an Outrage and an Insult to the Human Race” Pittsburg Post Gazette July 27. 1993

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