By Chris Rostenberg
Editor’s note. This appeared at secular prolife. The videos Rostenberg discusses can be seen there.
“Meet the Abortion Providers” and “Abortion the Inside Story” are companion documentaries that must be seen by anyone who wants to understand the issue of prenatal homicide. The films feature women and men who used to work in the abortion industry, but who have turned around and to defend life and women from abortion killing. Although the documentaries were produced in the late 80s and early 90s, they remain highly relevant in the post-Gosnell era.
If you can’t watch the videos now, here are some highlights:
Joy Davis, who directed six abortion clinics in Alabama and Mississippi but later became a pro-life activist, said that her boss was so greedy that he fired his anesthesiologist, the registered nurses and the lab technician. He trained Joy Davis to act as an abortionist. “I never spent the first day in medical school. I really know nothing about medicine, other than what I had seen other doctors do, but I started doing abortions.” Ms. Davis, who was only trained as an ultrasound technician, explained that staff had watched the doctors put women under anesthesia. “We started putting patients asleep ourselves, and we had no idea what we were doing.”
Helen Pendley explained that it was she, not the abortionist, who prescribed the drugs, called in the medications, and was the one on call when a woman started hemorrhaging. She also handled post-abortion calls from women who told her that they were experiencing physical or emotional problems; the women were curtly told that their problems must have been preexisting and were not the abortion center’s responsibility.
“I cannot tell you one thing that happens in an abortion clinic that is not a lie,” says Carol Everett, who had an abortion and was an administrator of five abortion facilities. Nita Whitten, who also worked in a Dallas abortion center says, “It’s a lie when they tell you that they’re doing it to help the woman, ‘cause they’re not … We were doing it to get her money.” She explained that it was common to bring $15,000 a day to the bank.
Norma McCorvey, the woman who challenged Texas’ pro-life law using the pseudonym “Jane Roe” in Roe vs. Wade, is also a former abortion worker who became pro-life. Now she admits: “It was just a racket… [The abortionist] was just doing it for the money. He didn’t care about the women.”
Dina Madsen, a former abortion worker from Sacramento, explained that many of the clinic workers had had several abortions and had no confidence at all in the abortionists they worked with, but had no trouble falsely reassuring their prospective clients. “How stupid can you get?” Deborah Henry, a Michigan abortion counselor, explained that she and her coworkers lied about the pain women experience while undergoing abortions, and provided no information whatsoever about the development of the preborn child.
One former abortionist testified that the ultrasound machine is always hidden from the pregnant mother, so she won’t see the image of her child and change her mind (and so the abortionist won’t lose a sale). But how can a woman make an informed choice about abortion when information is deliberately hidden from her?
The pro-life movement has led the way in combating these abortion industry abuses. But it is an uphill battle against an aggressive, well-funded opposition. Don’t be fooled: abortion facility regulations are incredibly necessary. No one makes the case for them better than abortion workers themselves.