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Former abortion worker: We wanted teen girls to get 3 to 5 abortions each

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August 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Abortion activists like to claim that pro-lifers are liars about pretty much everything. They claim that abortion victim photographs, which shows the horrific reality of what the procedure does to human beings developing in the womb, are fake (although they won’t say what they think the baby looks like when the abortionist gets through with her.) They insist that the video exposes released by organizations like the Center for Medical Progress and Live Action are “doctored.” And they assure everyone that abortion workers are not feticide technicians, but simply feminists out to help women in any way they can.

And that is why the testimonies of those who actually worked in the abortion industry before becoming pro-life are so devastating. There have been many high-profile defectors over the years: Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of the founders of NARAL, Norma McCorvey, otherwise known as Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, and Dr. Anthony Levatino, among others. Carol Everett, a former abortion provider, even wrote a book in the early ‘90s detailing what the abortion business is all about. Titled Blood Money: Getting Rich Off a Women’s Right to Choose, Everett’s book exposes the abortion industry for precisely what it is: A business, with dead babies being the product. Some time ago, I spoke with Everett about her experience as an abortion worker. This is what she told me.

How did you get involved in the abortion industry originally?

I became involved in the abortion industry in a desperate attempt to justify my own abortion. Two weeks after Roe v. Wade, I found myself pregnant–third pregnancy, it was not convenient. I was married. My husband said, “You know, abortion is the answer.” I didn’t think about it very much, and no one said stop. And the minute I had that abortion I knew that I had murdered my baby…where do you go from that? You can’t share that with your best friend, or your mother. But what I learned was [that] I could stuff those feelings and tell other women how great abortion was. And it was easy to evolve into the abortion industry selling abortions on a daily basis. And then it evolved into more than that. It became a numbers game. It became a money game.

How hard was it to get involved? Because as I understand, you eventually ended up running a clinic.

Well it wasn’t hard for me. I worked for a man, I sold medical supplies. I was one of the first women salespeople in Dallas, some people will remember that era. And I was calling physicians every day, and we had this account that came online with the medical supply company that was very profitable. He investigated, found it to be an abortion clinic, decided to open his own. Right before we knew it, he had four abortion clinics operating in the Dallas, Texas area. And the day came when he said to me, “Sell abortions as you go selling medical supplies, I will give you a twenty-five dollar commission.” I did that for a while, and then he called and said, “Will you come in and run the clinic?” And that’s when I evolved into the abortion industry. I saw the potential to change the sales techniques on the telephone because the people that answer the telephone at abortion clinics are telemarketers, they sell over the phone. The pregnancy expert is the caller, she buys based on no physical exam. No test, because they’re the experts. And I more than doubled his business in just a couple of months.

What was that process of selling abortions like?

All I did was change the sales techniques on the telephone. And abortion became the only answer. We weren’t really counselling, we were telemarketers. We called them telephone counsellors but it went something like this: the girl would call, and say, “I think I may be pregnant.” And they still go on the internet, but I’m convinced that when they’re ready to make a decision, they pick up the phone and call. The script was: “We can take care of that problem. No one needs to know.” And then we ask, “What’s the first day of your last normal period?” The girl figures that date if she doesn’t know it, gives it to this so-called counsellor, who puts it on a wheel that is actually used to calculate the birth date of the baby. But she didn’t talk about birthdays or baby, she says, “You’re 8 weeks pregnant.” Now think about that. What did she do? She just confirmed this young woman’s worst fear, and she started the process of selling this abortion procedure. You’d think the girl would say, “Stop, how can you tell me that over the telephone?” But remember, this is the pregnancy expert. That seed is planted, that fear is confirmed. The next question is, “Is this good news or bad news?” and of course its bad news or she wouldn’t be calling an abortion clinic. So when she answers, “bad news,” again, she is reassured that we can take care of your problem, no one needs to know.

And now the “get your money come on in.” But they have to identify the fear. Now why do they identify the fear? They use that fear to resell the abortion anytime that girl moves away. Your parents don’t have to know, you don’t have to miss drill team, you don’t have to miss work. And soon the girl will just spit out the fear, not realize that she is just giving them everything that they need to confirm that abortion is the answer. And then they talk about money. “It is 500 dollars. Wait a minute, wait a minute don’t panic.” First of all, now they say, “You may qualify for up to a 40% grant for your abortion.” And they do a little test with her, of course they ask the questions to see if she might qualify and then one foundation in the United States will fund up to 40% of a woman’s abortion if she qualifies to be low income. And if not, “go get your money, borrow your money, tell your friend you’ll get a job, pay him back in a few months.” There are no free abortions. If abortions are so good for women, why aren’t they free?

And the next thing is they got to get her in as fast as possible. If she is booked too far out she will go somewhere else. But you get her in as soon as possible because you don’t want her to have time to process it, you don’t want her to have a support system who comes along and says, “Hey, wait a minute, you can have this baby.” Just get her on in and you know she’s greeted at the door. She’s rushed back to watch her own pregnancy test become positive or negative. If it is positive, they grab her on the bony part of her elbow, squeeze to get her attention, and say, “I’m so sorry, do you want to just take care of it right now?” And far too many of those girls rush up front and say yes.

Within the abortion industry, are the people working within the abortion industry crass entrepreneurs or do they consider themselves reproductive justice warriors or is it a combination of both?

It’s a combination of both. You’ve got some do-gooders in there who are really trying to help women. You’ve got women who have had abortions who are justifying their own. You’ve got incest and rape survivors in there who are hurt. But whatever it is inside that abortion clinic, just look at them--they are hurt people, hurt individuals. Gritted teeth, clenched fists. They’re not happy people, they’re hurting people, and we need to see them as that. Except for the grace of God, there goes Carol Everett. And so I try to see them in a different way. But the other thing that we must remember as we go about this is there are two kinds in there, there are the greedy people who are making money at the top like I was. And then there are people at the bottom who are the do-gooders. But remember this: they never sell life at any point. They don’t talk about continuing the pregnancy at all. They never talk about adoption, they never talk about parenthood, they only speak of abortion so regardless of what they are, they are selling their product.

You said before that there were different ways of ensuring you could make these girls repeat customers. What were those?

We wanted to be certain they liked us, and of course we were nice to them. But we passed out defective condoms to the boys--we didn’t buy the best condoms you know, we bought seconds or defective condoms. And when the girls came in for their abortion we gave them a pack of birth control pills. We told them to start taking them on Saturdays, that way they would never have a pill on the weekend. And we passed out low-dose birth control pills[that] we knew must be taken effectively at the same time every day in order to provide a level of effectiveness. We knew most girls would not take them accurately, and we knew that she would become pregnant again. And actually, those are the ones we went to the schools and passed out–the low-dose birth control pills we knew the girls would get pregnant on. Our goal was to get three to five abortions between the ages of 13 and 18 from every young woman.

How often was that successful?

Very successful. Over 50%. I saw one women who had her 9th abortion. You know, we became friends with some of those women. We had one women who was having an affair and would get pregnant to get a minx coat or a diamond ring. Sadly, we heard a lot of those stories, and now with almost a 50% repeat rate across the nation, abortion is a method of birth control for many.

Would you say that the giant abortion corporations like Planned Parenthood employ the same tactics when they push sex education and when they push contraception and birth control? You say that there are some so-called do-gooders, but is that part of their business model or is that part of their ideology?

I think it is part of the ideology at the top, but of course the people who are actually doing it don’t understand that. Most of them are the do-gooders. But you have got to remember this: Ask yourself what Planned Parenthood pushes when they go into to a school. Go online, look at their Teen Wire, look at their websites, look what they’re telling these kids they can do. They’re now talking about perversion and all sorts of sick sexual acts now. The truth of the matter is that they are telling them to experiment younger and younger. And we know they’re passing out condoms in some schools in New Jersey as early as seven years old. Those kids don’t need to know anything about that. They have a book now for two-year-olds [called] What do two-year-olds need to know about sex? Planned Parenthood has a let’s get pregnant agenda, but you’re never going to find it written down, and no one is ever going to admit it. It’s just part of who and what they are. But look at what they do, understand what they do. And then ask yourself why in the world they do it. They never talk about abstinence. When they talk about abstinence, they say oh, you should abstain, abstinence is the best way, but you’re not going to do it so here’s how to have safe sex. Any time anyone talks about safe sex, or passes out condoms, or even talks to kids with both genders present, is not trying to stop sexual activity. They’re trying to promote it.

What sort of things did you see inside the abortion clinics that if you could you would show to the public?

I would show them that they can’t possibly use sterile instruments if they have fifty patients in one day.  If they’re working with two abortionists who want to do 10-12 abortions an hour. They may start with sterile instruments, but there is no way that you can wash those instruments at a rate of 10-12 an hour and turn them around and cool them off in time for them to reuse them. [When] the first abortion [is done] and they bring that into central supply, the central supply tech has to check the baby’s body parts to be sure all parts are there because if not, the doctor will have to go back in. Then she will wash the instruments, she will wrap the instruments, put them in the sterilizer, bring them up to 270 degrees for 20 minutes. And when she does that then after you let the steam out which takes a few minutes, you have to let them cool. And I’ve seen doctors take hot instruments and use a pad to dilate the woman’s cervix. Now he was burning that woman’s cervix because those instruments were so hot he couldn’t hold them with his own hands. And then after a while they just give up because 20-24 abortions an hour, with 21 sets of instruments, there’s no way. And so what happens is they resort to something like cydex, and after they use something like cydex that you just soak them in, and you can’t possibly soak them for twenty minutes to get them sterile, they just clean them.

Typically speaking, your average pro-choice member of the public will say, and probably believe, that the baby being removed is just a clump of cells or just a clump of fetal tissues. What does it actually look like?

As early as an abortion can be performed, the baby has to be reconstructed to be certain that it is all there. Now, think about that. Six weeks, they have to be sure that the little head is there, and that the little limbs are there. Yes, they may be paraffin-like, but they’re there, translucent, but they’re there–and you have to check. And as they get older and larger of course, muscle stricture is much stronger, but at every level you have to be certain that every baby’s body part has been removed. And when they’re twelve weeks old, you reconstruct them. You reconstruct a baby and leave it on an under-pad right there to be certain that you got it all.

What was it like to actually see a baby after an abortion?

They’re always destroyed, the baby’s body parts are always destroyed. Unless they’re a second or third trimester abortion, then they’re so strong it won’t come apart. And some of those will not come apart. So you’re left with a head that will come off the body, I’d say [at] 32 weeks.

How do people react upon seeing this? Because one of the things that’s interesting is I’ve heard former abortion workers like Abby Johnson say that when she saw a baby basically disintegrate before her eyes on an ultrasound–that’s what did it. But what you’re describing to me is a process whereby you see the babies being pieced back together. After seeing that what is it that allows you to remain in denial?  

You tell yourself you’re helping that woman. You know it’s wrong, but you tell yourself that you were helping that women and so you just go around and say it. When one of my people would have some sort of an attack and they would see something that is difficult I would say, “Remember you helped a woman, you helped a woman,” and that was our mantra. That’s what we said.

Did it ever impact the people inside the clinics, seeing the results of abortion?

I had one women walk out on me very early when I was barely in there. She worked in the first clinic I worked in, and she was the central supply technician. She was the one that reconstructed the babies all the time, put them down the disposal and cleaned the instruments. And she came in one morning and said, “I can’t do it anymore. I had a nightmare last night. Those babies were sitting on that sink with their little legs crossed looking like cherubs waving at me, and I can’t be part of killing another baby.” And she walked out. I’ve always admired that woman. At least she stood for what she believed. And normally we paid them so much money that they couldn’t make that much money anywhere else, so they’d stay with us, but she didn’t care. She stood for what she believed.  

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.