Abortion Clinics: An Inside Look
Former Clinic Administrator Speaks Out
The following are portions of an interview with a woman who used to work at an abortion clinic. Her story is a look into another world where abuse has become an industry, and extermination a daily routine.
Q: What were your duties at the clinic?
A: I was hired as a medical assistant to help the doctor with procedures in the operating room. From there I was promoted through a number of jobs and finally to administrator of the clinic.
Q: What's a typical visit to an abortion clinic like?
A: When a girl called to make her appointment, we'd work her in as soon as possible. If she called on Tuesday, we'd have her in no later than Friday. We wanted to avoid a long waiting period where she'd have time to think about it. First she would fill out her forms, and then talk with a counselor.
Q: Did any women ever decide not to have the abortion as a result of the counseling?
A: At the most, ten patients a month out of 300 to 450.
Q: Do you feel the “counseling” was meant to benefit the patient or the clinic?
A: The counselors were trained in what areas to cover and which to avoid. They'd say, “I know this is a terrible situation you're in. What can we do to help make this better for you? Yeah, it doesn't sound like you're ready for a pregnancy right now.” Their task was to keep the machinery moving - to get the woman into the procedure room as quickly as possible.
Q: What happened next?
A: After the lab work was done and the pre-op medications were given, she'd be ready for the
procedure. If she's eight to ten weeks pregnant, the abortion takes only five to seven minutes.
Q: Would she be awake?
A: Yes. She's given a local anesthetic in her cervix.
Q: What type of abortion would be performed?
A: Vacuum aspirations. The doctor used a machine to suck out the contents of the uterus. The farther along the woman is in her pregnancy, the larger and more developed the baby. Sometimes what happens is the tube isn't wide enough for the material to pass through. Then the doctor would insert forceps into the uterus and actually pull out the larger parts.
Q: So you saw the doctor put in forceps and pull out a leg?
Q: Or a head? An arm?
A: Yes The first time I saw it, I couldn't believe my eyes.
Q:Were you prepared for it?
A: No This particular pregnancy was farther along than 12 weeks The doctor was pulling out arms and legs and all kinds of things. And the procedure took about 45 minutes. The woman was in extreme pain and very upset. I freaked out and left the room. I was getting faint, so I sat down and put my head between my legs, trying to get myself together.
All the nurses gathered around, telling me, “Don't think about it. Don't worry about it. It's not that bad. 0Think of this poor woman if she had to keep this baby. Look at how we're helping her.” The doctor came out and said, “You did a good job. You're going to be a fine assistant.” That's the day I closed my eyes to what was going on around me.
Q: Do the mothers ever see what you saw?
A: Oh, no. The biggest thing they want to do is hide all that from the mother. If she knew then she might say “no.”
Q: What happened to you after that day?
A:Iblocked out the reality of what I'd become a party to. You don't allow yourself to deal with the fact that there's a living human being growing in that woman's uterus... and you re killing it.
Q: So you came to believe what you were doing was wrong?
A: Absolutely. I can tell you from my own experience, that baby is full-fledged human at the very beginning.
Q: Is the “abortion industry” really as diabolical as it seems?
A: The medical profession has attempted to sterilize the whole issue. To reduce it to just another procedure. They've convinced themselves that it's just a blob without life - “a product of conception.” The baby comes out in chunks, totally mutilated, and they point to that and say, “It's only a hunk of tissue.” Anybody who can see straight can recognize how desperately wicked it really is.
Q: . Then why do doctors get involved with abortions?
Q: . What would you say to the woman who's facing an unwanted pregnancy?
A: I understand your desperation, but you can find help. It's out there. The price you pay for an abortion is far greater than the cold cash you have to lay down on the table at that abortion clinic. Get all the information before you make your decision - and I pray God will give you the strength to choose life.
Registered Nurse Recalls Her Experience
In early 1979, a young woman, Sam Griggs, took a nursing job. This particular doctor specialized in obstetrics, the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth. Even though Sam did not yet know the Lord, she was shocked to find that the office was more of an abortion clinic than anything else. Now that she knows the truth of Jesus Christ she is willing to talk about her nightmare experience,
hoping it will affect others to take action. She tells her story with tears in her eyes.
When I was interviewed the doctor asked me if I had anything against abortions. I told him that I had never dealt with them and didn't know very much about them. He said, “Well, you won't have to work with them very much. We only do a few of them.” I had no idea just how many he was really doing and just how involved I was going to have to get.
The second week I was there, a 17-year-old girl came in for her third abortion. She was using it for birth control. I asked her, “How come you don't use something else?” She said she didn't like the other forms of birth control. She thought this was so convenient and it was free. Medicaid paid for it. She didn't have to pay one penny. Nobody else said anything to her. They didn't try to convince her to change her mind. She was on Medicaid and it was all getting paid for. It was at that point I realized just what was really going on.
There was a public health center in a town not far from Denver and they sent a lot of girls to us. They told us they did all the counseling. We weren't allowed to counsel them or even ask them about birth control. We couldn't even tell them what could happen during the abortion. Nothing. If we tried to discuss alternatives, we would get in trouble with the doctor because then the health center would threaten to send their business elsewhere. All we did was find out how far along they were, tell them when they were going to be finished, get their money, do the abortion, and send them home.
One-half to two-thirds of this doctor's practice ended up being abortions. We did several kinds there. We used suction up until 12 to 14 weeks. That's just a big metal suction apparatus that's inserted into the uterus and poked around until the fetus is all sucked out. After about 12 weeks the fetus would be too big. That's when it got really messy.
In another type, we would dilate the cervix as big as we needed to, then go in with something like spaghetti tongs with an open spoon at one end. They would just grab parts of the baby and pull them off. The baby would bleed to death. They would get an arm or a leg and the nurse would have to count everything that came out to make sure they got it all. It was horrible.
We could do abortions in the office up to 16 weeks along, and we could do them in the hospital up to 22 weeks. But the doctor had his own sonogram machine, and if a baby was over 22 weeks he would just write down 22 weeks and do the abortion anyway. If we got a “screamer” in the office the doctor would just go nuts. He'd say, “Get her out of here. Get her in the back room.” That's why we seldom did abortions in the middle of office hours. We did them before office hours, during lunch, or after hours because he didn't want his obstetric patients to know.
I took care of a lot of the obstetric patients because he just didn't want to deal with them. He could get more money in 10 minutes from one abortion than from a nine-month pregnancy. We did upwards of two dozen abortions a day.
I remember one time we did a girl that was 12 weeks along, and as little as that baby was, you could see on the sonogram it was sucking its thumb. Twenty minutes later it was in a bottle of formaldehyde all sucked up. We showed the girl the picture and we all laughed. We all got a kick out of it.
Right before I was born again, in August of 1979, we got a lady in that was 18 weeks along. We saved her until the very end of the day because she was so big. We knew she would bleed a lot and holler a lot - that it would just be a big mess and take a lot of time and effort. So, I had to go in and help one of the doctors, Lanny. Sometimes you have to hold the top of the uterus so the doctor can know that he's getting to the back and getting it all. I could feel him in there scraping and pulling. She was bleeding and hollering... and arms were coming out, then the head. It was just horrible.
There was an LPN working with me that Saturday and we were trying to get the mess cleaned up. There was a big bucket at the end of the table to catch stuff. We had to take all the contents of that bucket, the fetus, and put it in formaldehyde. We couldn't find a jar big enough so we ended up having to put it in different jars and label it. The LPN ended up going into the bathroom and vomiting. I was standing there at the sink crying my heart out. I said, “Lanny, my God, are we going to hell?” He was standing there sweating and shaking and said, “Well, if we are, honey, I'll be there first waiting on you.”
Right after that, the next day, I went to a church in Denver and two weeks later I gave my life to the Lord. I quit the doctor's office and went to work at the hospital next door. They did saline abortions but I refused to have anything to do with them. The Lord delivered me from it completely..
Right now there are people trying to decide when life begins. Abortion is destroying life - therefore it has to be murder. As long as the baby remains in the uterus it will be nourished. It will grow and be delivered at term. If you disrupt that in any way, knowingly and intentionally, you are killing a life.
Former Clinic Administrator Speaks Out, 1/30/2007