I can remember going over and looking at the baby when we were done with the surgery and the baby was still alive. You could see the chest was moving and the heart was beating, and the baby would try to take a little breath, and it really hurt inside, and it began to educate me as to what abortion really was.

— Dr. David Brewer

… Several of us sit in the cafeteria around a luncheon table, eating overdone, tasteless stew. “What do you think this is made of?” Someone asks. “Venison,” I say. “Pigeon,” says Betsy. “Don’t be silly,” says one of the counselors “there is a hell of a lot cheaper meat to be found around here.” All of us laugh, guffaw, splutter, and slap each other on the arms. It is the funniest thing we have heard in years…

“Get a hold of yourself, ladies,” Rachel says. “This is unseemly.” She is right, of course, but all of us laugh again.

“I think it’s a Greek dish,” says Teresa, laughing so hard that tears begin to roll down her face and we can barely understand her. “It’s fetustu.” There is no containing any of us now. “There is mincemeat pie for dessert,” someone shouts. “And that  isn’t tomato juice you’re drinking,” adds somebody else. Most of us are doubled over. The air is filled with the shrieks, and gasps, and gurgles. My sides begin to ache.

— Magda Denes, author of In Necessity and Sorrow: Life and Death in an Abortion Hospital

When you pull out a piece of the fetus, let’s say, an arm or a leg, and remove that… the fetus is alive. I have observed a fetal heartbeat via ultrasound with extensive parts of the fetus removed.

— LeRoy Carhart, Abortionist

Dr. Bours squeezed the contents of the sock into a shallow dish and poked around with his finger. ‘You can see a teeny tiny hand’ he said.

— Abortion Worker quoted in The Abortion Conflict: What it Does to One Doctor, Dudley Clendinen, New York Times Magazine, Aug 11, 1985, page 26

Abortion can never be safe. Any procedure where success means the killing of another human being can certainly not be safe.

— Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Director

I had to find four extremities (two arms and two legs) a spine, a skull, and the placenta, or my patient would suffer later from an incomplete abortion … My attention was so focused on my perceived patient that I managed to deny that there were, in fact, two patients involved— the expectant mother and a very small child … I had to wonder, how can having a child be so wrong for some people that they will pay me to end its life?

— Dr. McMillan, former abortionist,  “How One Doctor Changed Her Mind About Abortion”

Perhaps the most straightforward relation between you or me on the one hand and every human fetus from conception onward on the other is this: All are living members of the same species, homo sapiens. A human fetus, after all, is simply a human being at a very early stage in his or her development.

— David Boonin, A Defense of Abortion (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), p. 20

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