Abortion clinic workers often try to hide the reality of the abortion procedure from the women they serve. For example, you can read about abortion counseling and how information is often withheld in this section.
But sometimes the reality of the procedure shines through. Here is an example of the clinic worker relating in abortion:
“First Roger [the abortionist]locates the approximate location of the fetal heart, makes an X with the sonogram jelly, turns off the machine, and injects the anesthesia. Then he takes a bigger sort of tube needle and puts that into the same spot where he injected the local, turns the sonogram back on and finds the heart, and then put in the digoxin. The women are lying down and can see the sonogram. The heart looks like a flashing light. The woman who was really frightened held my hand: Hallie had the job of holding the ultrasound device still on the women’s belly for Roger. Afterwards, when Roger had left, the woman said she felt the fetus moving around. She said, “This is what kills the baby, right?” And started to cry before either of us could answer.”
This was an abortion in the second trimester. This particular clinic does abortions up to 26 weeks. Digoxin is sometimes used as a poison to stop the fetal heart. it can be injected directly into the fetal heart, stopping it instantly, or can be injected into the amniotic fluid causing the baby to be poisoned and die slowly over the course of several hours. Most clinics inject it into the amniotic fluid.
Wendy Simonds. Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1996) page 74
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