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Abortion clinic nurse
GQ Magazine: The Abortionist by Mary Ellen Mark, February 1994

Quote:
•“ I don’t approve, but it doesn’t matter if I don’t approve. I’m doing my job, I’m doing what I am trained to do…

•“ This one’s nine weeks so that’s not so bad. The later ones though, they’re bad- you see little arms and feet…little, but you know what they are, and you know what’s really being done.”
(Commenting on how she reassembles the aborted baby parts to see if all the remains are there).


Abortion clinic nurse
The New York Times, The abortion conflict; what it does to one doctor, By Dudley Clendinen; Dudley Clendinen is a New York Times correspondent based in Atlanta :8-11-1985

Quote: "I've been cleaning up after him (abortionist Peter Bours) for four years. We all wish it were formless, but it's not. It has a form. And it's painful. There's a lot of emotional pain."


Abortion observer
NY Times Magazine: Who will do abortions here? 1988 By Jack Hitt

Quote: “I was watching a resident watching a doctor in order to learn the procedure. The patient lay on her back on the operating table, her ankles dangled in the air, gently held by a loop of cloth tied to high steel poles. At the tap of a button, the bed rose, bringing her womb up to working level, and the doctor lowered a clear plastic face mask, like an arc welder's. The doctor inserted his gloved right hand deeply into the patient's vagina until only his thumb protruded. ''I am looking for a foot,'' he said to the resident standing beside him. I stood directly behind them. He pulled out a foot, a bit longer than an inch. ''There is the foot,'' he said. ''Now you pull the one leg and then you reach in and flex the other one like this.'' He re-inserted a single forefinger into the vagina and suddenly two legs, froglike, appeared. The skin was translucent, membranous. The feet quickly turned a dark purple. Within minutes, so did the legs. The doctor gripped each leg as if holding hedge clippers. ''Place each thumb on the buttocks,'' he instructed. The pads of his thumbs and the fetus's buttocks were perfect matches in size and shape. ''Then turn and twist like this.'' He pulled firmly. A back appeared, then with the flick of a forefinger, a small arm fell out and then another. The anesthesia had relaxed the natural paisley curl of the fetus into something linear and flaccid. A 10-inch homunculus, its head locked into the cervix, hung in full view, motionlessly toward the floor, its long tapered legs disturbingly elegant. It happened quickly. The back of the fetus's skull was punctured. There was a tiny spurt of blood into the stainless-steel waste can that sat on the floor beneath. A curette was inserted, a hose was attached and the deep rumble of the suction machinery near me kicked on. Into a clear plastic jar at my feet there appeared instantaneously about a half-inch of pinkish fluid marked by tiny whitish-gray globules. On some animal level, deep in my own brain stem, I knew what it was and leapt back in fear. The periphery of my vision went gray, and a minute later, when my equilibrium returned, I found myself standing amid an ancient medical ritual.”


Abortion physician assistant
works in NY
American Medical News, Abortion providers share inner conflicts 7-12-1993

Quote: “ When I can identify the four chambers of the heart, I start feeling miserable. And when I put my hands on somebody to feel how big they are and I get kicked, I’m barely able to talk at that minute.”


Abortionist
The sword was not with the goddess: A spiritual midwife addresses the need to heal abortion, by Jeannine Parvati Baker

Quote: A New-Age abortionist, was asked,

But what does it feel like to perform abortions?

"Crunchy" was his response....


Abortionist
Salon magazine, An intimate conversation with a woman on the front lines of America's most emotionally charged debate: June 1997

Quote: " You look at the ultrasounds and there's a fetus with a heartbeat and then after the procedure, there's the fetus, usually in pieces, in a dish. It was alive one moment and it's not the next."


Abortionist
Salon magazine, An intimate conversation with a woman on the front lines of America's most emotionally charged debate: June 1997

Quote: "It's very clear to me that it's killing a potential life. And I found that hard at first."


Ali Azima
abortionist
Associated Press, Florida sheriff calls abortion doctor 'baby killer' : 1-19-1998

Quote: "If I am called 'baby killer,' I would like to know which baby I have killed -- and more importantly to question the neglect of your department that is not prosecuting someone for killing a baby!" stated Azima in a letter to a pro-life sheriff.


All Womens of NY
abortion clinic
www.nyabortion.com

Quote: "PROCEDURE: Before the anesthesia of choice is administered, the physician will perform an internal exam to determine the position of your uterus. Next, a speculum is placed inside the ... The physician will hold the cervix, the opening to the uterus, with an instrument called a tenaculum. The physician will then insert a series of narrow metal instruments, called dilators, into the cervix to open it slightly. The physician will then use a slender suction cannula to remove the pregnancy from the uterus."


Allan Rosenfield
professor of obstetrics,Columbia University School of Public Health
NY Times, Wider Impact Is Foreseen for Bill to Ban Type of Abortion: 11-6-1995

Quote: "In a standard D&E, the fetus generally doesn't come out intact,but you might very well bring down a leg at the start of the procedure, and if the definition is a beating heart, potentially any second-trimester abortion could fit this bill...”


American Medical Association (AMA)
Membership Organization
AMA, H-5.982 Late-Term Pregnancy Termination Techniques

Quote: " The AMA will use the term "intact dilatation and extraction"(or intact D&X) to refer to a specific procedure comprised of the following elements: deliberate dilatation of the cervix, usually over a sequence of days; instrumental or manual conversion of the fetus to a footling breech; breech extraction of the body excepting the head; and partial evacuation of the intracranial contents of the fetus to effect vaginal delivery of a dead but otherwise intact fetus. This procedure is distinct from dilatation and evacuation (D&E) procedures more commonly used to induce abortion after the first trimester. Because 'partial birth abortion' is not a medical term it will not be used by the AMA"


Benjamin Graber
abortionist,Pompano Beach, FL.
Palm Beach Post , Opinion: Benjamin Graber, The Partial birth abortion bill sets terrible precedent: 5-13-1997

Quote: "Although this procedure (partial-birth abortion) is viewed as distasteful, alternative procedures are equally distasteful. Whether a 16-week fetus is delivered by dilatation and extraction (by which the fetus is dismembered within the uterus) or whether the fetus is delivered intact by decompressing the cranium, or whether the mother's womb is injected with a substance that kills the fetus in utero, the outcome is the same for the fetus. The resulting complications to the mother from each procedure should be the question. Society has agreed that abortion is legal; regardless of how it is done, the goal is to preserve the life and health of the mother."


Brian Finkel
abortionist
ABC 20/20 Transcript # 99030802-j11, A Woman’s Right, A Woman’s’ Risk:3-8-1999

Quote: “You have to dismember the fetus. You have to actually pull pieces of the fetus out.”


Carolyn Westhoff
abortionist, (testifying in court)
Washington Times, Forum: Abortion trials and tribulations, 4-25-2004

Quote: “ it is necessary to insert our forceps, open them as wide as possible to try to capture the head within the opening of the forceps and then crush the head using external force applied against the head."


Carolyn Westhoff
abortionist, (testifying in court)
Washington Times, Forum: Abortion trials and tribulations, 4-25-2004

Quote: "There is usually a heartbeat" (she said about when she performs a partial-birth abortion) and that even when she collapses the skull, the baby is still "living."


Casey Hammond
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote: Question, “You have seen a fetus born alive after induction abortion in the second trimester, haven’t you?
Answer,Casey Hammond, “Yes, I have.”
Question, “ And you have observed signs of life in the fetus, didn’t you?”
Answer,Casey Hammond, “that is correct.”
Question, “You have seen spontaneous respiratory activity, right?”
Answer, Casey Hammond,“Yes.”
Question, “Heartbeat, spontaneous movement?”
Answer, Casey Hammond,“Yes.”
Question, “ and you have seen these signs at 24 weeks, right?”
Answer, Casey Hammond,“ That is correct.”
Question, “23 weeks?”
Answer, Casey Hammond,“Yes”
Question, “ 22 weeks?”
Answer, Casey Hammond,“Yes”


Curtis Stover
abortionist, Little Rock Family Planning Services
The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC), New abortion law has worthy aim, by Paul Greenberg: 10-23-1997

Quote: "Sometimes during the D&E (dilation and evacuation) procedure, a part of the fetus protrudes from, or is pulled through the cervical os before the fetus is fully removed. Although in the vast majority of cases, there is fetal demise before this occurs, from the disruption occasioned by the suction and/or forceps, there could be rare instances where the fetus is 'living' within the meaning of the Act - whatever that meaning is - when part of the fetus is within the uterus and part is outside. ..." (comments from a court deposition)


David Toub
abortionist
Bella Online, Dr. Toub Discusses the Safety of at Home Abortions

Quote: "Abortions are not comfortable procedures."


David Toub
abortionist
Bella Online, Dr. Toub Discusses the Safety of at Home Abortions

Quote: "Even ob/gyn residents and some attendings may not do it right."


David Toub
abortionist
David's Blog, http://homepage.mac.com/dtoub/blog/ , do it yourself abortion

Quote: "Some residents often express that they get enough "practice" by managing spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) in the Emergency Room, and' don't see the need for specialized training in abortion technique. But there is a difference: with spontaneous abortion, nature has already done a lot of the procedure for you. With elective abortion, things start from ground zero. And understanding how to size a uterus correctly, how to gently and atraumatically dilate a cervix, how to perform a complete uterine evacuation without significant pain and without causing uterine scarring or perforation takes considerable practice and skill. So I don't recommend doing this without clinical training."


Edward Martin
medical director , A Choice for Women
The Associated Press State & Local Wire,Clinic operators challenge new state law in court: 8-13-1998

Quote: "It's very difficult for me to determine whether the fetus is still living when it comes through the vagina." stated, Dr. Edward Martin, medical director of a South Miami abortion clinic called A Choice for Women


Eileen Diamond
administrator of A Choice for Women in South Miami
Miami Herald, Many clinics in S. Florida do not offer abortion pill: 5-28-2001

Quote: "It's just not for everybody. It's not that easy."


Eleanor Drey
abortionist
Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004 Physicians for Life

Quote: “What started happening was we had an unfortunate number of women who were spontaneously going into labor and delivering at hospitals sort of all over the bay area, and it was distressing to everyone.” (Comments from a court case).


Family Planning Associates Medical Group
abortion clinic
fpamg.net

Quote: Instructions: "Please do not bring children to the clinic."


Gayla Ennis
abortion clinic nurse
Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK): Doctor Investigated In Abortion Allegations, 7-15-1992

Quote: " he used the dishwasher to sterilize his (abortion) equipment.” (Commenting about legal abortionist, Sidney Laughlin).


Gayla Ennis
abortion clinic nurse
Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK): Doctor Investigated In Abortion Allegations, 7-15-1992

Quote: "It (aborted baby) looked about 28 weeks, I was shocked and after that one I didn't help him anymore with anything. Sid (the abortionist) had a few special instruments that he had special ordered, they were 12 to 14 inches long, had a 1- to 2-inch head with sharp teeth on the forceps part that he used to break up body parts."


Gerson Weiss
abortionist, former member of the Planned Parenthood board of directors
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote: “Before 18 weeks, you can sometimes grab the head with one instrument, with a grasping instrument in one hand and use a grasping instrument in the other hand to grab the rest of the head. Usually with a twist you can deflate the head enough to bring it through. So it’s a crush-”


Gerson Weiss
abortionist, former member of the Planned Parenthood board of directors
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote: "You can count there is a limb here, I can see a feet and hands, I can see skull fragments, I can see trunk. But when you see little pieces, if there are small pieces left behind that are torn off, you can’t fully reconstruct and you cannot fully count the small pieces…” (Commenting in a court case)


James Pendergraft
abortionist
St. Petersburg Times, Dr. Determined: 12-16-1998

Quote: "I have read the Bible. I go to church. I don't read in the Bible what (abortion protesters) read, I know morally what I am doing is right. If a woman doesn't want to be a mother, she shouldn't have to be."


James T. MacMahon
abortionist
American Medical News, 7/5/1993 / LA Times, The Abortions of Last Resort, 1-7-1990

Quote: "I want to deal with the head last, because that's the biggest problem. From my point of view, the fetus is a potential problem to the patient."


James T. MacMahon
abortionist
American Medical News, 7/5/1993 / LA Times, The Abortions of Last Resort, 1-7-1990

Quote: "I felt that you can't do both. You do a delivery, and then you do a late abortion.

I couldn't take the emotional roller-coaster ride. I frankly think the soul or personage comes in when the fetus is accepted by the mother."


Jane
feminist
Molly Saves the Day -blog

Quote: "As you grasp the sac with your forceps, twist it away so that it detaches. You will now need to remove small pieces of fetal material and membrane from the uterus with the forceps. Some of these pieces will be distinctly identifiable as fetal material. Save the material until the end of the procedure on a piece of plastic, so that you can be sure the entire fetus has been removed. Take the remaining material out with the forceps. At 13-14 weeks the fetal head may be slightly big to bring out. Pinch it with the forceps and take it out in pieces, as well.” (Describing home abortions, Jane is a feminist group that encourages women to abort themselves).


Jane Johnson
Planned Parenthood
USA Today, Okla. doctor says he dumped fetuses: 4-17-1992

Quote: ''This is not about abortion. This is about the inappropriate disposal of medical tissue.'' (Comments said after aborted babies were found in an abandoned field in Oklahoma, and a local abortionist admitted to dumping them there).


Jill Vibhakar
abortionist
Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004 Physicians for Life/ Leroy Carhart vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, District of Nebraska, The Honorable Richard G Kopf, Judge

Quote: “At some point, the more proximal part of the fetus that remains in the uterus becomes too large to fit through the cervix,pulls apart from the rest of the body and becomes disarticulated. The upper extremity is removed including the shoulder area, and sometimes when we are doing the D & E, some of the first things that are removed maybe a portion of skin from the trunk or even ribs or other trunk contents.” (Testimony in a court case)


Joyce Tarnow
owner of the Women's Clinic in Lauderhill, Florida
Miami Herald, Many clinics in S. Florida do not offer abortion pill: 5-28-2001

Quote: "It's (RU-486) too complicated, it's too expensive, it's too fraught with risks for a lot of after-hour calls."


Katharine Sheehan
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004 Physicians for Life/ Planned Parenthood vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Northern District Court of California, The Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton , Judge

Quote: "…We administer the Digoxin with a needle through the abdominal wall of the woman into the uterus. We are aiming to get it into the fetal heart, or at least into the fetal thorax. However, we are not able to do that every time. If we are not able to do that, then we attempt to put the Digoxin into the amniotic fluid. And it seems to work less often when it is just put into the amniotic fluid.”


Katharine Sheehan
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004 Physicians for Life/ Planned Parenthood vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Northern District Court of California, The Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton , Judge

Quote: “What I attempt to do is to grasp the fetal feet with the instrument, and putting gentle traction on that fetal extremity, I try to tease the tissue down so that the fetus comes down feet first through the cervix, the pelvis and the thorax, and I actually get the arms out and just use gentle traction, rather than using the kind of crushing and compressing gestures that one would use to do the disarticulation.”


Katharine Sheehan
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004 Physicians for Life/ Planned Parenthood vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Northern District Court of California, The Honorable Phyllis J. Hamilton , Judge

Quote: “I generally try using the ultrasound to find the small parts of the fetus, “small parts” being considered the extremities. I really prefer it if the lower extremities are presented first. I can grasp the lower extremities of the fetus, and using gentle traction, extract the tissue. I continue to put traction on the fetus tissue. If the cervix is adequately dilated, then the fetus will generally slide down through the cervix, and I continue to extract the tissue until it is completely extracted. If the cervix is not so well dilated then disarticulation and dismemberment happens. We like to prevent an eventuality of a live birth, and because it seems to make the procedure move along a little bit easier on the day of the procedure."(testimony in a court case).


Leroy Carhart
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Leroy Carhart vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, District of Nebraska, The Honorable Richard G Kopf, Judge

Quote: "Normally my 16 and 17 week patients are- the fetuses are alive at the time of the final delivery."


Leroy Carhart
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Leroy Carhart vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, District of Nebraska, The Honorable Richard G Kopf, Judge

Quote: "I may grab a foot and bring it down…if I bring an arm down and bring it outside the uterus and possibly even outside of the vagina, depending on where the uterus is, I’m not going to put that arm back inside of the woman’s body to take that bacteria back inside, so I’ll remove that arm…”


Leroy Carhart
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Leroy Carhart vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, District of Nebraska, The Honorable Richard G Kopf, Judge

Quote: Question, "Is the D+E abortion procedure safe up to 24 weeks?"

Carhart replied, "It has to be because people do it all the time."


Leroy Carhart
abortionist
Boston Globe,Doctors wary of partial-birth abortion law, By Carol Cruzan Morton, Globe Correspondent, 10-28-2003

Quote: "You certainly know that you will start with a living fetus and that it will be dead by the end of the procedure. But when you start a second-trimester abortion, you don't know when the fetus will die. Every patient is different."


Lewis Koplik
abortionist, New Mexico
NY Times, Wider Impact Is Foreseen for Bill to Ban Type of Abortion: 11-6-1995

Quote: "I'm sure I've had a situation, with a 14- or 16-week pregnancy, when the fetus presented feet first, where I did something that a Federal prosecutor might take to court under this language."


Marie Stopes
UK abortion chain
Mail on Sunday (London), Abortion nurses 'are paid incentive bonuses': 9-4-2005

Quote: "We had two wards upstairs and it was like a car production plant.
When I started, people would be given a few hours to recover, but by the end they were waking them up within half an hour and getting them out." stated, Maria Georgiou, a former administrator of the clinic.


Marilynn Fredriksen
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote: “the intent (of the abortion) is that the fetus will die during the process of uterine evacuation.”


Marilynn Fredriksen
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote: Question, " how many D+E abortions have you performed?"
Marilynn Fredriksen replied, "I don’t know probably thousands.”

When asked if she ever perforated a uterus, she replied, “yes”

She answered “yes” when asked if she was ever sued for malpractice.


Martin Haskell
abortionist
National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled Issues in Law & Medicine, Partial-birth abortion: the final frontier of abortion jurisprudence:6-22-1998

Quote: "Sometimes the membranes rupture and it takes a very small superficial infection to kill a fetus in utero when the membranes are broken. And so in my case, I would think probably about a third of those (aborted babies)definitely are dead before I actually start to remove the fetus. And probably the other two-thirds are not.”


Martin Haskell
abortionist
Source: National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled Issues in Law & Medicine, Partial-birth abortion: the final frontier of abortion jurisprudence: 6-22-1998

Quote: " I'll be quite frank:

most of my abortions are elective in that 20-24 week range ...

In my particular case, probably 20% [of this procedure] are for genetic reasons. And the other 80% are purely elective. "


Martin Haskell
abortionist

Quote: (Describes the D+X or partial birth abortion procedure): “With a lower fetal extremity in the vagina, the surgeon uses his fingers to deliver the opposite lower extremity, then the torso, the shoulders and the upper extremities. The skull lodges at the internal cervical Os the opening to the uterus. Usually there is not enough dilation for it to pass through. The fetus is oriented dorsum or spine up. At this point the right- handed surgeon slides the fingers of the left hand along the back of the fetus and "hooks" the shoulders of the fetus with the index and ring fingers (palm down)... The surgeon takes a pair of blunt curved Metzenbaum scissors in the right hand. He carefully advances the tip. Curved down, along the spine and under his middle finger until he feels it contact the base of the skull under the tip of his middle finger... The surgeon then forces the scissors into the base of the skull or into the foramen magnum. Having safely entered the skull, he spreads the scissors to enlarge the opening. The surgeon removes the scissors and introduces a suction catheter into this hole and evacuates the skull contents."


Maureen Paul
abortionist
Harper’s Magazine: Gambling With Abortion Why both sides think they have everything to lose By Cynthia Gorney, 1-27-2005 / Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004, Physicians for Life

Quote: “I evacuate the fetus, I insert the forceps, and grasp the fetus, and pull, and sometimes the fetus comes out in pieces, and I make instrument passes until the entire fetus is evacuated, and sometimes the whole fetus will come down into the vagina, at least as far as the head.”


Maureen Paul
abortionist
Harper’s Magazine: Gambling With Abortion Why both sides think they have everything to lose By Cynthia Gorney, 1-27-2005 / Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004, Physicians for Life

Quote: “what I prefer to do is to just reach in with my forceps and collapse the skull and bring the fetus out intact.” Paul teaches abortion practice and was the lead author of a recent medical textbook on abortion.


Michael Policar
vice president for medical affairs of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc.
Associated Press, In Battle Over Abortion Rights, Women Learn To Do Them at Home: 12-14-1992/ FWHC.org

Quote: said this regarding DIY- Do-it-yourself abortions, "It's relegating women to Third World medicine."


National Abortion Federation (NAF)
abortionist membership organization
Associated Press, In Battle over Abortion Rights, Women Learn To Do Them at Home: 12-14-1992/ FWHC.org

Quote: “Menstrual extraction and self-help care are not quality health care. We want to move forward, not backward.”


Neville Sender
abortionist
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Abortion ruling marks 25 years Viewed as triumph or tragedy, Roe case is bedrock of long debate, 1-18-1998

Quote: "We all know what abortion does, what it is. It's terminating a pregnancy, with all its implications.” (Comments after he was asked if abortion was a form of killing.)


Neville Sender
abortionist
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Abortion ruling marks 25 years Viewed as triumph or tragedy, Roe case is bedrock of long debate, 1-18-1998

Quote: "I don't think its (abortion) changed a heck of a lot, really, abortions were quite available here before Roe. The actual number of abortions has been fairly steady for years." (Commenting about abortions prior to legalization as compared to after)


Nurse
abortion clinic employee
Baptist Press: Testimony of Brenda Pratt Shafer, Seconds from safety: witnessing a partial-birth abortion 1-20-2006

Quote: "Dr. Haskell brought the ultrasound in and hooked it up so that he could see the baby. On the ultrasound screen, I could see the heart beating. As Dr. Haskell watched the baby on the ultrasound screen, the baby's heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen. Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed the baby's legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby's body and the arms -- everything but the head. The doctor kept the baby's head just inside the uterus. The baby's little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors through the back of his head, and the baby's arms jerked out in a flinch, a startle reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening and sucked the baby's brains out. Now the baby was completely limp. I was really completely unprepared for what I was seeing. I almost threw up as I watched the doctor do these things.” (describing a partial-birth abortion)


Peg Johnston
clinic owner
Politics of Choice, Newsweek: 2-27-2006

Quote: “I’m trying to figure out how I can get them (the patients) through this experience so that they (the patients) can cope. Mostly it’s reassuring. You could say we have our own gory pictures.” (Telling Newsweek magazine she shows her patients their own fetal tissue if they want to see it).


Peter Bours
abortionist
The New York Times, The abortion conflict; what it does to one doctor, By Dudley Clendinen; Dudley Clendinen is a New York Times correspondent based in Atlanta :8-11-1985

Quote: ''You can see a teeny-tiny hand,'' Bours said, after performing an abortion on a woman who wished no fourth child.

The news reported that Dr. Bours, "finished vacuuming her uterus, funneling the remains of the fetus into a sock of white gauze, suspended in a jar. After an abortion, the doctor must inspect these remains to make sure that all the fetal parts and the placenta have been removed. Any tissue left inside the uterus can start an infection. Dr. Bours squeezed the contents of the sock into a shallow dish, and poked about with a finger."


Peter Huntingford
abortionist
The Times (London), When nature says no: 3-21-2005

Quote: "There comes a time when it is just too late to terminate a pregnancy.I know that we can do abortions too late, because I've done them too late."


Robert Crist
Planned Parenthood's chief abortion physician (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Court hearing on abortion law focuses on when a fetus dies; some aborted fetuses still have beating hearts, doctor testifies:5-26-2000

Quote: News papers reported that , "Crist cited instances when 9- or 10-week-old fetuses are unintentionally suctioned intact into the suction bottle. Sometimes, they're still alive, with their hearts visibly beating."


Robert Crist
abortionist
St. Petersburg Times, "A chain of tears:' a doctor and abortion: 6-3-1990

Quote: "Okay, Robin," Crist says after administering anesthesia. "You're going to feel some cramping sensations as I'm dilating your cervix."

The paper states, "He does this using a series of metal rods so he can get to the uterus, where the fetus is. The fetus is about 6 inches long and weighs about four ounces. It has arms and legs and fingers and toes."


Robert Crist
abortionist
St. Petersburg Times, "A chain of tears:' a doctor and abortion:6-3-1990

Quote: "Here's an arm," he says, beginning an inventory that he does after every procedure to make sure all of the fetus has been removed.

"This is the head. Here is part of the spine . . .

It's all there. On to the next patient."


Ruth Lesnewski
Family Practice, Manhattan, NY
The Village Voice,Doctors Question the Limits on RU-486, Sharon Lerner: October 4 - 10, 2000

Quote: "There are probably going to be some people who play it exactly by the book and other people who do different, quirky things with it. In the end, it will probably be just like everything else in American medicine. Everyone will do exactly what he wants to do." (Commenting about RU-486)


Stephen T. Chasen
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote: “These are women who because they are choosing to undergo an abortion, do not want to experience a live birth.”


Stephen T. Chasen
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote:
Question, “you generally start with the delivery of one leg of the fetus correct?”
Answer, Stephen T. Chasen, “correct.”
Question, “ You generally pull on the one leg with your hands, and when it is almost out, the other leg is swept out, correct?”
Answer, Stephen T. Chasen, “Yes”
Question, “ you wrap a small sterile towel around the fetus, because it is slippery, and after the legs are out you pull on the sacrum or the lower portion of the spine to continue to remove the fetus. When the fetus is out to the level of the breech, you place another larger towel around the first small towel, right?”
Answer, Stephen T. Chasen, “Right.”
Question, “Then with your hand on the fetus’s back, holding it with the towel, you twist in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion to rotate the shoulder. The shoulder in front or the arm in front is swept out with your fingers and then you rotate the other side of the fetus to sweep out the other arm. Then the fetus is at a point where only the head remains in the cervix. Correct?”
Answer, Stephen T. Chasen, “That’s correct.”
Question, “That is when you make the decision based on the gestational age and amount of cervical dilation, whether the head will fit out intact, whether you can tuck the head of the fetus to its chest, or whether you have to decompress the fetus’s skull to remove the head, right?”
Answer, Stephen T. Chasen, “It is based on the size of the fetal head, I don’t directly consider the fetal age.”
Question, “then you remove the fetus with the towel you place it on the table, and you turn back to the woman to deal with the placenta, right?”
Answer, Stephen T. Chasen, “That’s right.”


Stephen T. Chasen
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote: “The fetal head is extracted by placing forceps around it and crushing it.”


Stuart Campbell
abortionist
The Tablet, The hidden wonder of new life:10-7-2004

Quote: “I think you’re programmed into just doing it as a job. The doctor is not around to see the baby being expelled. My job was to inject the fetus’s heart. You’ve got a hundred other things to do that day so you just go ahead and do it. But with the traditional 2-D scanning I think you are less connected with the reality of what you’re doing than you would be with these new techniques.” Campbell is a pioneer of pregnancy scans, he regularly performed abortions until he left the NHS practice.


Theodore Lehrer
abortionist, All Women’s Clinic, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
South Florida Medical Review, “Opinions” written by Theodore Lehrer 3-11-1986

Quote: “ As a pro-choice physician I acknowledge that the fetus is alive, but do not view it as a separate individual.” (Note: Lehrer was later reported by the news as having tied up his wife in their own home and forcing an abortion on her against her will).


Timothy Johnson
abortionist
Washington Times, Forum: Abortion trials and tribulations, 4-25-2004/ Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004 Physicians for Life

Quote: (testifying in a court case), was asked to describe what doctors use to crush the head.
He described the instruments as "tongs"
but
"thick enough and heavy enough that you can actually grasp and crush with those instruments as if you were picking up salad or picking up anything with...."


Timothy Johnson
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Transcripts, National Abortion Federation vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, Southern District of NY, Honorable Richard Conway Casey Judge

Quote:
Question, “is sometimes alive during a D+E procedure”
Answer,Timothy Johnson, “Yes sir.”
Question, “were the fingers of the baby opening and closing?”
Answer, Timothy Johnson, “ It would depend where the hand were and weather or not you could see them.
Question, “Were the feet moving?”
Answer,Timothy Johnson, “Yes they could be moving.”
Question, “ Does it ever cross your mind, that the fetus feels pain when you are doing a dismemberment?”
Answer, Timothy Johnson,“I Guess whenever I-“
Question, “Simple question doctor. Does it cross your mind?”
Answer, Timothy Johnson,“No.”
Question, “Do you tell her (the patient) the arms and legs are pulled off?”
Answer, Timothy Johnson,“ We tell her the fetus is dismembered as part of the procedure, yes.”
Question,” Although you have never done an intact D+E, do you know whether or not the incision of the scissors in the base of the skull of the baby, whether that hurts?
Answer,Timothy Johnson “Well I guess my response would be I think that the baby feels it but I am not sure how pain registers on the brain at that gestational age.”


Warren Hern
abortionist, Boulder, CO.
Warren Hern’s Letter to Bill Ritter/ Canadian Business and Current Affairs Western Report, Why doctors are fleeing the carnage (What keeps doctors from performing abortions) 11-21-94

Quote: "We have reached a point in this particular technology where there is no possibility of denial of an act of destruction by the operator .It is before one's eyes. The sensation of dismemberment flows through the forceps like an electric current."


Warren Hern
abortionist
NY Times, Some Doctors Voice Worry Over Abortion Pills' Safety ,By Gardiner Harris: 4-1-2006

Quote: "I think surgery should be the procedure of choice," Pills (RU-486), he said, "are a lousy way to perform an abortion."


Warren Hern
abortionist
Abortion Practice, By Warren Hern ( Chapter 5, PG. 103)

Quote: " Abortion is a blind procedure that proceeds by touch, awareness, and the nuances of sensations provided by instruments, honesty and caution. While competent orientation in the performance of an abortion is essential, abortion, almost more than any other operation, demands experience to develop skill. Experience that is not interpreted honestly, however, becomes the mere repetition of mistakes. The operator must be brutally honest with himself to make the necessary corrections from second to second while performing the procedure. Has the suction tip passed through the uterine wall? Is the material grasped with the forceps unyielding? Is the material uterine wall and not fetal tissue? Is the patient merely agitated or is she having severe vasovagal episode?"


William Bendow
abortionist
The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dreaded Complication, 8-2-1981

Quote: “You are doing a destructive process…arms, legs, chests come out in the forceps. It’s not a sight for everybody.” (Describing a D+E abortion).


William Fitzhugh
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Washington Times, Forum: Abortion trials and tribulations, 4-25-2004/ Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004 Physicians for Life/ Transcripts, Leroy Carhart vs. Ashcroft: US District Court, District of Nebraska, The Honorable Richard G Kopf, Judge

Quote: “Well, if the umbilical cord comes down, I unattach that from its integrity. I just break it and pull on it. I take whatever I can get, I have a feel of when you feel the cranium of the head, but that’s about the only thing I have a feel of when you grasp until you pull it down. I just pull down with the forceps and you know, see what part you have and see if you can get more of that part out. If you get more of that part out you twist to try and get more tissue out. If that doesn’t happen then you pull hard enough that it will disarticulate at that point or break off at that point.”


William Fitzhugh
abortionist
Washington Times, Forum: Abortion trials and tribulations, 4-25-2004/

Quote: Dr. William Fitzhugh told the Nebraska court that his only worry was delivering a live baby:

"The one thing that ... I don't want the staff to have to deal with is to have a fetus that you remove and have some viability to it, some movement of limbs, because it's always a difficult situation."


William Harrison
abortionist
William Harrison, Interview on Nightline: 11-11-2006/ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Dr.William Floyd Nathaniel Harrison Practicing under fire:2-5-2006

Quote: "My conscience tells me to do abortions because I consider the mother's life much, much, more important than that tiny, little blob of tissue. When fertilization occurs, that is a new life. And that's why I say that I kill life, that I kill something that's potentially a person? It's not a person.”

But of his own child Harrison said this, "After the baby was born, there was such a feeling of love in that whole area. It was joyous. It was an unbelievable experience."


William Knorr
abortionist, (comments from a court case)
Testimony by Abortion Providers Re Partial Birth Abortion, 4-2-2004 Physicians for Life

Quote: “The majority of the fetuses are alive (during the abortion). I first evaluate the cervix to see if I have enough room to slip a finger between the cervix and the fetal head, and if I can do that, I can then insert my crushing forceps around the head, crush the head and extract it. If the cervix if very tight, I can't do that, I will use a craniotomy procedure, will turn the fetus so the back is up and find the area that I want to open, and either with a finger, dilator or a scissors will open that area and gently pull down. That pressure alone is enough to empty the cranium and extract the head.”


William Rashbaum
abortionist
NY Times, When abortion becomes birth: A dilemna of medical ethics shaken by advances: 2-15-1984- http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0DE4D8123BF936A25751C0A962948260&sec=health&pagewanted=print

Quote: ''I do D and E's because I think it is safer,'' said Dr. William Rashbaum, a gynecologist affiliated with Beth Israel who also specializes in this method. ''It is a horrible procedure. Staff burnout is a major problem. But are you functioning in the interests of taking care of your staff or taking care of your patients?''

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