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.