Adopted abortion facility worker: It’s ‘difficult’ seeing 26-week aborted babies

By Sarah Terzo

This quote is from an abortion facility worker who was herself adopted. Her facility had recently started doing abortions up to the 26th week:

There’s lots of days when it’s really, really hard… I don’t know what makes it so much harder at twenty-six weeks than at thirteen weeks. I don’t know what makes handling the tissue so much harder….

For me, there’s a lot of probably some hidden guilt that I’m not willing to look at about my adoption. That could have been me. You know, had my natural mother had access to abortion, this easily could have been me. And when you’re, you know, putting a fetus’s feet in over its head in a baggie, there’s just that brief moment of “this could have been me,” which I fundamentally believe is okay. She should have had a right to choose that, and I, being a religious person, believe that things happen for a reason…

It’s much more difficult when you see a twenty-six week face.

The aborted babies she is talking about would be a week older than the one below:


From Wendy Simonds Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996)

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