By Dave Andrusko
“Much has been written about the emotional trauma that women go through after their abortions. But what most people don’t realize is that abortion is so inherently evil and destructive that it devastates everyone involved – the mother, the father – and the abortion provider. The doctors, nurses, and other clinic workers are human – and repeatedly seeing the bodies of aborted babies and participating in their deaths leaves emotional scars.” — From “Abortion Providers and the Emotional Impact of Abortion” by Sarah Terzo.
Over the years—and it did take years—I have grown to understand that there is great truth in Ms. Terzo’s observation. By no stretch of the imagination is this universally true—think of Ulrich Klopfer who stored the remains of over 2,200 aborted babies in a garage– but it is very often the case that those in the abortion industry pay a heavy toil.
As she so often does in her thorough analyses, Terzo offers chapter and verse both from participants and from those who wrote about what they saw at abortion clinics. It makes for sickening but necessary reading.
It’s easy to understand why abortion clinic personnel are upset by what they see in a “late-term” abortion. These are huge babies who look (because they are) remarkably like the babies who are allowed to be born:
“You can see a face and hands and ears and eyes and, you know…feet and toes…” as one abortion clinic worker told an author from whose book Terzo quoted.
But that abhorrence/revulsion/subliminal rejection was not confined to babies aborted late/later in pregnancy. As Terzo points out, “After all, an unborn baby has arms, legs, fingers, and toes by just eight weeks after conception.”
She quotes a woman who’d had abortion as a teenager and who worked in an abortion clinic that performed “only” first-trimester abortions. She said of her job:
“Working in the autoclave room was never, ever easy. I saw my lost child in every jar of aborted baby parts.”
Terzo probes many questions, beginning with how many of the women working there had themselves had an abortion up through and including a discussion of those who finally left the abortion industry culminating in the question why (if working there is so traumatic) so many would stay.
Final thought. When the contrast between the stereotype of pro-lifers abortion clinic personnel cling to in order to smother their consciences meets the reality of pro-lifers reaching out to them with compassion so that they will get out of this deadly business (see the movie “Unplanned”), the disconnect is so overwhelming that good things can and will happened.