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March 02, 2010

Abortion Providers comment on whether abortion is the taking of a life

16 weeksMany abortion providers cannot escape the fact that abortion is the taking of a life—the killing of a baby.

“I have the utmost respect for life; I appreciate that life starts early in the womb, but also believe that I’m ending it for good reasons.…So yes, I end life, but even when it’s hard, it’s for a good reason.” - Cheryl Alkon, “Confessions of an Abortion Doctor,” Boston Magazine, December 2004

“If I see a case...after twenty weeks, where it frankly is a child to me, I really agonize over it because the potential is so imminently there...On the other hand, I have another position, which I think is superior in the hierarchy of questions, and that is “who owns this child?” It’s got to be the mother.” - Dr. James MacMahon, who performed D&X (also known as Partial Birth) abortions

“I dare say any thinking sensitive individual can’t not realize that he is ending life or potential life.” - Dr. Charles Bender, Abortionist

“A lot of people say they’re killing their baby. You get a lot of that. Some people afterwards get very upset and say ‘I killed my baby.’ Or even before, they say ‘My circumstances are such that I can’t keep it, but I’m killing my baby.’ They wouldn’t rather have the baby, and give it up for adoption either. If you go into that with them they will say that they could never do that...and yet they still consider it killing the baby...well, they are killing a baby. I mean, they are killing something that would develop into maturity…” - Dora Greenwald, Clinic Worker

“When you do a D & C most of the tissue is removed by the Olden forceps or ring clamp and you actually get gross parts of the fetus out. So you can see a miniature person so to speak, and even now I occasionally feel a little peculiar about it because as a physician I’m trained to conserve life and here I am destroying life.” - Dr. Benjamin Kalish, Abortionist

“In the beginning I was mixed up because I was taught by the Hippocratic Oath not to take a life.” - Michael Christie, Abortionist

24 weeks“It [abortion] goes against all things which are natural. It’s a termination of a life, however you look at it.” - Robert Harris, Abortionist

“[The author] said “Is this a fair way of expressing what you have just said, Doctor? You tell the mother “because your baby is defective, you have the right to kill it or not to kill it. If you choose to kill it, I will do the killing.” “Of course,” he [the abortionist] said. “There is no other way to say it and be honest.” - Conversation with an Abortion Doctor

“I have angry feelings at myself for feeling good about grasping the calvaria [head], for feeling good about doing a technically good procedure that destroys a fetus, kills a baby.” - Anonymous Abortionist

“It [abortion] is a form of killing. You’re ending a life.” - Ron Fitzsimmons, Abortion Advocate and President of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers

“Nobody wants to perform abortions after ten weeks because by then you see the features of the baby, hands, feet. It’s really barbaric. Abortions are very draining, exhausting, and heartrending. There are a lot of tears....I do them because I take the attitude that women are going to terminate babies and deserve the same kind of treatment as women who carry babies...I’ve done a couple thousand, and it turned into a significant financial boon, but I also feel I’ve provided an important service. The only way I can do an abortion is to consider only the woman as my patient and block out the baby...” - Unnamed Abortionist

“I have never denied that human life begins at conception. If I have a complaint about our society, it’s that we don’t deal with death and dying. Do we believe human beings have a right to make decisions about death and dying? Yes we do, and those decisions are made every day in every hospital.” - Tim Shuck, Clinic Counselor

“Abortion is killing the fetus....Human life, in and of itself, is not sacred. Human life, per se, is not inviolate.” - “Dr. Smith,” Abortionist (Pseudonym)

“No one, neither the patient receiving the abortion, nor the person doing the abortion, is ever, at any time, unaware that they are ending a life...” - William F Harrison, M.D., Abortion Provider

“Women are not stupid…women have always known that there was a life there.” - Faye Wattleton, then President of Planned Parenthood

“It’s a really interesting thing that is happening. It’s fascinating, when you can think about it clinically and not get involved in the babies, or the people…” - Dora Greenwald, Clinic Worker

“We know that it is killing, but the states permit killing under certain circumstances.” - Dr. Neville Sender, founder of Metropolitan Medical Service, an Abortion Clinic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Dr. Magda Denes, who spent two years interviewing abortionists for her book In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death Inside an Abortion Hospital, told a newspaper the following: “There wasn’t a doctor, who at one time or another in the questioning did not say, ‘This is murder.’“

“My whole professional training was to prolong life, to nurture and protect it. Abortion is clearly at odds with that ethos…[yet] I have never refused to perform an abortion because of any personal conflict…” - Dr. Bertram Wainer, Abortionist

“I am destroying a life.” - Dr. Harrison, who has terminated more than 20,000 pregnancies

“[Abortion is] destruction of life.” - Dr. William Rashbaum, Abortionist and Chief of Family Planning Services at Beth Israel Medical Center

babyAfter talking extensively to one abortionist, author Nancy Dey writes: ”Dr. Ed Jones (pseudonym) says it’s always in the back of his mind that he is terminating a life.”

“They’re saying, `Oh, we think it’s a horrible idea to kill little babies about to be born.’ Well, I’m not going to say I think it’s a good idea either.” - Dr. Susan Poppema, Abortionist who supports keeping partial birth abortion legal

Abortionist Don Sloan, explaining the morality of abortion to his teenage niece:

“Is abortion murder? All killing isn’t murder. A cop shoots a teenager who “appeared to be going for a gun,” and we call it justifiable homicide—tragedy for all concerned, but not murder….And then there’s war...”

“And then to see, to be with somebody while they’re having the injection when they’re twenty or twenty-four weeks, and you see the baby moving around, kicking around, as this needle goes into the stomach, you know.” - Susan Lindstrom, M.S.W., Clinic Worker

“It [the fetus] is a form of life...This has to be killing…The question then becomes, ‘Is this kind of killing justifiable?’ In my own mind, it is justifiable, but only with the informed consent of the mother.” - Unnamed Abortionist

The previous information was compiled by Sarah Terzo. You may view her website, which is complete with documented footnotes.

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