The Guardian recently published a piece by an anonymous abortionist arguing that, “Being an abortion doctor has taught me a lot about life.” In it, the female “doctor” wrote that her work makes her feel “elated” – work that she says includes removing a 23-week-old unborn baby “part by part” and searching for the “jelly-fish-like gestation sac” surrounding a five-week-old.
To begin her story, the abortionist describes how, at 17-years-old, she was, “full of idealism and pride to be applying for such a noble profession.”
Today, she still boasts that pride. Now, “nearing the end of my abortion-care training,” she insists, “I’d never go back and change that decision.”
“I have learnt much about life from the women I have cared for,” she stresses. “They have taught me that pregnancy at the wrong time, with the wrong person, or in the wrong situation, can be a very lonely and unsympathetic place to be.”
As an example, she points to a patient who would rather “risk bleeding on the bus” after the procedure than ask family and friends for help – and reveal her abortion.
“I loaded her up with sanitary towels and silently hoped for the best,” the abortionist writes.
A regular at “ending pregnancies,” she recounts the 21 abortions she performed that day on women from 16- to 44-years-old.
“I have carefully sieved through aspirate to identify the tiny translucent jelly-fish-like gestation sac at five weeks,” she writes. “I have painstakingly removed a foetus part by part at 23 weeks and watched the ultrasound image of the uterus shrink back to size.”
“I have heard 21 stories of 21 difficult decisions,” she continues, “some agonising, others more straightforward, but not one of them taken lightly.”
One of the women changed her mind, she says, while another wept “silent tears” that the abortionist “wiped away.”
The clinic’s staff, she applauds, “show boundless compassion.”
“They strike the perfect balance of being sensitive to the enormity of the situation for each individual while not making too big a deal of it,” she says. “I suppose this is their everyday, their normal…”
While the work “has not yet become my everyday and my normal,” she enjoys her job.
“I actually feel slightly elated from the work – I have learnt skills far beyond my expectations and I feel gratified to have been involved in helping women out in a vulnerable and sometimes desperate time,” she says.
For her, opposing opinions from protesters outside her clinic only reaffirm her belief that “Abortion can improve life and prevent harm; pro-choice, to me, does not mean anti-life.”
That’s because, to her, the only life that matters is the woman’s. But even then, she ignores the fact that women who regret their abortions matter too.
Although she aborts 23-week-olds, a media-censored study published by The New England Journal of Medicine this May documented thousands of premature births, finding out that a small number of babies born at 22 weeks, with medical treatment available, survived with few health problems.
Reprinted with permission from Newsbusters.