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 how much truth there is in Ms. Terzo’s observation. By no stretch of the imagination is this universally true (I can think of abortionists who, judging by what they say and write, have placed their consciences in a deepfreeze), but it is very often the case that those in the abortion industry pay a heavy toil for trafficking in the misery of women and the blood of unborn children.
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 enough 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 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 who are destroyed 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 into many questions, beginning with how many of the women working there had themselves had an abortion through a discussion of those who finally left the abortion industry. It leads up to the question why (if working there is so traumatic) so many would stay.
She concludes with a call to pray for these abortion clinic workers, hard as that might be for most of us. We shouldn’t forget that some have been “Won by Love” (the name of the book by Norma McCorvey—the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade—explaining why she left working at an abortion clinic).
The contrast between the stereotype of pro-lifers they cling to in order to smother their consciences and the reality that a pro-lifer is praying that they will get out of this deadly business is so overwhelming that good things can (and have) happened.
Editor’s note. Sarah Terzo is the founder of the pro-life site Clinicquotes.com and sarahterzo.substack.com.