Woman gets picture of her ultrasound after abortion

By Sarah Terzo

One pro-choice woman told her abortion story:

“When I met my doctor, she did her best to put me at ease. Dr. Woods was happy to talk about how the ‘war on women’ was affecting her practice. By the time she put me in stirrups, I felt righteously indignant. That feeling disappeared pretty fast, right around the time of the transvaginal ultrasound. I didn’t enjoy being probed with a giant wand, or hearing the 9-week-old fetus’ heartbeat. I had already gone through plenty of soul-searching, and this wasn’t going to change my mind.

I expected to be sedated for the actual abortion, but Dr. Woods only used local anesthesia. While the whole procedure took about 15 minutes, the pain left me blanched and hyperventilating. When it was done, she gave me a copy of the ultrasound photo: a little curlicue blob against black. She wasn’t required to do this. I didn’t know what to make of it….

Sweat-drenched, I sipped apple juice and lay in the exam room for a bit—but not for too long. Another patient who had traveled miles and miles to be here was waiting for her turn.”

This quote originally appeared in the article “The Waiting is the Hardest Part: A red-state transplant gets a glimpse of the dystopian future of abortion rights” in Tomorrow magazine.

Dave Andrusko, “Wrestling with her conscience and the decision to abort.” National Right to Life News February 10, 2014.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.