I worked in the clean-up room, in my opinion the worst part of the clinic because it was so messy. You had to wear rubber gloves…That’s where the babies were brought back. At the time I worked there, they only did first trimester abortions; they didn’t have the facilities to do second trimester abortions. But, oftentimes, second trimester abortions were performed and these babies we would not put in the little jar with the label to send off to the pathology lab. We would put them down a flushing toilet. They had a toilet that was mounted to the wall, and it was a continually flushing toilet; it didn’t have a lid or a handle. That’s where we would put those babies. They knew they couldn’t turn them in or they were going to be found out that they were doing abortions which were too late-term…The ones that were small enough, which would be 12-13 weeks or less, we would put in a jar, label them, and put them in a big box to go off to the pathology lab…When the babies would be put in the jars, we would hold them up and kind of twirl them around and look at the little arm and little leg float up and we’d put them back in the box. As sick as that sounds, that’s the way it was, and that’s the way it is at a lot of places right now. One of the first abortions done that day was on a woman who was 23 weeks pregnant. This woman should have had a saline or laminaria abortion, or even a hysterotomy. Anything would have been better than to try to do a D&C on a woman who was that far along. You have to realize that in this particular abortion clinic, what would be done was that she would be examined one side; a pelvic exam by one doctor; then she’d come over and go through all the blood work and sign a release paper, etc. Then, by the time it was time for her abortion, she would be examined a second time. So we’re talking about two different doctors doing a pelvic exam who knew this lady was farther than 12 weeks along….This woman was in so much pain, she was coming off the table. Every medical assistant and nurse was in that room…She was screaming, the nurse was yelling at her because everybody else was getting quite upset in the waiting area, as you can imagine, from this woman who was screaming. The doctor was trying to do the abortion, and the baby’s bones were far too developed to rip them up with this curette, and so he had to try and pull the baby out with forceps, which he brought out in three or four major pieces. Then he scraped and suctioned and scraped and suctioned. There this little baby boy was laying on the tray. I took the baby and I took him to the clean-up room, and I set him down…His little face was perfectly formed….everything was perfect about this little boy.
— Kathy Sparks, Former Abortion Worker
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