Abortion clinic owner describes seeing “blood and tissue”

By Sarah Terzo

Merle Hoffman

Merle Hoffman

From Merle Hoffman, the founder and owner of an abortion clinic, on witnessing her first few abortions:

“What I saw a running through those vacuum tubes when I first started my work was only blood and tissue, unformed and messy. It was easy to imagine the fetus as a bunch of cells that one could define as one wished. But even in the beginning I had an inkling that this mentality was the easy way out, that it didn’t go far enough to do justice to the experience of abortion.”

Merle Hoffman Intimate Wars: the Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room (New York: Feminist Press, 2012) 107

At just seven weeks, the baby has arms and legs, fingers and toes. (see aborted babies at 7 weeks here) At this stage the baby is delicate and may be torn apart completely in an abortion. Abortions done before the baby is formed are still killing a life.

Editor’s note. This appeared at clinicquotes.com.