A rosy portrait of a grandmotherly physician who aborts babies well into the third trimester

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Susan Robinson

Abortionist Susan Robinson

Few reporters bathe abortion in such glowing, affirmative colors as Robin Abcarian of the Los Angeles Times. Times are tough right now for her pets–the likes of Planned Parenthood–so in her column, “An abortion doctor speaks out about a woman’s right to choose,” Abcarian evidently thought the worse the better.

I mean by that…well, first consider the context. Even firm “pro-choicers” blanch when they see Planned Parenthood technicians joke as they paw through the remains of babies aborted in the mid to late second trimester. Abcarian slides by that (“It was a straightforward clinical approach”) but most everyone else is appalled.

Take Melissa Farrell, the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the second largest Planned Parenthood affiliate whose research department is the largest. Farrell tells the undercover investigators from the Center for Medical Progress about a researcher that wants “fetal tissue for [a] humanized mouse model”—specifically “120 samples” from babies aborted between 14 and 22 weeks.

The “buyer” from CMP asks whether the abortion clinic can “adjust the [abortion] procedure” if, for example, the researcher wanted an “18 to 22 week neural [brain] specimens, both hemispheres intact.“

Farrell: Yeah, I think we could do that. Some of it is really outside, some of it will be happenstance, because you know sometimes as the procedure’s happening, you know the procedure itself, for the removal, is generally standardized. And so just depending on the patient’s anatomy, how many weeks, where it’s placed in the uterus, we’re going to potentially have some that we’re going to be able to do more or less intact, and some that will not be.

Buyer: Right.

Farrell: But it’s something that we can look at and explore how we can make that happen, so we can have a higher chance. It will probably require a little bit of input from the doctors. Because the doctors are the ones asking to, really be doing that, you know, when it matters, and the cases where it’s mattered and the physicians have needed an intact specimen.

Buyer: Right.

Farrell: So, we can make it happen. We just need to figure out how that we can do this under our project needs.

So nothing about what grosses people out makes it into Abcarian’s word processor.

Evidently Abcarian thought that if she interviews one of the handful of abortionists who admits to performing third trimester abortions and “humanizes” her (unlike the unborn baby whose body parts are sold for big bucks), then that will temper the outrage.

So she starts her story

Susan Robinson was sitting on the patio of her Central Coast home, above golden hills and oak trees shimmering in the summer heat. She sipped homemade hibiscus tea as she patted the head of her mischievous border collie, Radar, and told me about the pride she takes in her work.

What exactly is “her work”? Performing abortions on babies so huge, so mature that only a handful of abortionists can stomach killing babies NO ONE could pretend “don’t look like babies.”

Naw, none of that discomforting stuff. Instead Robinson pulls out letters from grateful women. “Robinson’s eyes grew wet as she read some of the notes,” Abcarian tells her readers.

Just guessing but I’m pretty sure her eyes don’t grow wet as she kills unborn babies 25 and 30 and more weeks old.

What about the video showing medical assistants mucking around arms and legs and lungs and brains? According to Abcarian

Such exams take place after every abortion, when what the medical profession calls the “products of conception” are examined to make sure the procedure was complete.

Sometimes, Robinson said, patients also want to look.

As evidence Robinson cites the case some ten years ago of a woman who aborted her 16-week-old baby and wanted to see the remains. Robinson said she was afraid this could go wrong but (of course) it didn’t.

“’Thank you so much. I’m so relieved that it’s so small [the woman said].’ It was helpful for her. She felt closure.”

In the fifth CMP video, we saw the body parts of babies roughly that old. They weren’t small. What were small were the hearts of the abortionists and technicians.

Of course, Abcarian writes as if every late, late abortion is one of the “hard cases,” as though that justified their execution. But there is a lot more to what Robinson does than Abcarian lets on to.

We’ve written about her several times before [the latest is here]. In an interview with Caitriona Palmer, Robinson made some amazing admissions about her practice. Here are four:

#1. How loose are the criteria for aborting these babies? “Many others who come to Robinson are carrying fetuses destined to be too ill or disabled to live productive lives outside of the womb.” By “productive lives,” you know Robinson is talking about babies with Down syndrome and babies with maladies that are not fatal.

#2. Who are these women? “They come in all ages, they come in all shapes and sizes, they come in all sorts of ethnicities, they come speaking all sorts of languages,” says Robinson. “Some are married. Some are unmarried. Some are having their first abortion, some are having their second or third. You can’t categorise them.” (Emphasis mine.)

#3. What are the abortion “techniques”? Depending on the baby’s age, they are first poisoned with Digoxin and then torn apart, or poisoned and then delivered in-tact by induction.

#4. What’s the margin of error in dating these babies’ ages? Read this:

“For pregnancies above 30 weeks Robinson relies on an ultrasound to check the age of the fetus but admits that this notoriously inaccurate method, combined with the often hazy conception dates provided by the women, can produce a window of error of plus or minus three weeks.

“’Let’s say the woman is at 31 weeks,’ Robinson says, ‘well, given the inaccuracy of the ultrasound she could perfectly be 34 weeks. How would I feel if that happened?’

“And it has happened.

“Robinson still recalls the shock she felt when she terminated the pregnancy of a fetus she thought was approximately 32 weeks. But when she saw the aborted body she realised that it was more like 37 weeks. She was devastated. ‘It was quite a moment,’ she remembers.”

“It was quite a moment”?

I understand Abcarian’s logic (beyond the obvious–that no abortion, no matter how late–gives her pause). Robinson is a grandmotherly figure who “is in the business of helping women assert control over their own lives” by performing a “social good.”

It‘s in reading stories like “An abortion doctor speaks out about a woman’s right to choose” that I am reminded of something Albert Einstein once said:

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.