Abortion textbook describes women involuntarily seeing the “products of conception” in an abortion by pill

By Sarah Terzo

From a medical textbook on how to perform abortions:

“Involuntary viewing of the products of conception is not an issue during surgical abortions, but the patient needs to know that during a medical[pill] abortion she may see the products. Some women are not affected by viewing the tissue or even find it reassuring; others prefer not to see the tissue at all…

“If the pregnancy is eight weeks or beyond, she may indeed see a tiny embryo. The presence or absence of human shape and extremities may have an important impact. After providing a description, ask what, if any, affect the information has on her and then validate her reaction.”

Maureen Paul, E Steve Lichtenberg, Lynn Borgatta, David Grimes, Philip G Stubblefield,” A Clinician’s Guide to Medical and Surgical Abortion” (New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1999) p. 34.

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