Former abortion clinic worker: I counted hands and feet to make sure the baby was dead
Lifenews.com – Sarah Terzo – 12/18/2013
The clinic worker says in the article: “I worked in the autoclave room. That is where they sterilize the trays and the instruments after the procedure…
“When the doctors finished, they would bring in a small metal tray. There would be a plastic container as well as the instruments used to perform the abortion on the tray. The instruments are called dilators. They are long metal sticks that are wider toward the end. Obviously, they are used to dilate the women.
“My job was to sterilize the instruments.”
In addition to sterilizing instruments, the clinic worker had to handle the remains of aborted babies.
“then I would take the plastic container, which was filled with formaldehyde along with what they refer to as ‘the product of conception,’ and label it before sending it out to some lab.
“After each abortion, the doctor would bring the tray to me, wrapped in sterilization paper, to be washed and labeled. I would clean the trays and utensils for the next procedure.”
The clinic worker was not very explicit about what these “products of conception” looked like, but we know from testimonies by other clinic workers such as Jewels Green, that many times these remains were recognizably human. Jewels Green said the following about examining “products of conception”:
“For abortions from about 8 1/2 – 12 weeks, this meant counting hands and feet, making sure the spine and ribcage and skull were present, you get the idea.”
The clinic worker in the Boston Globe also revealed that the clinic she worked at broke the law in several respects.
“We were not supposed to perform abortions past 12 weeks. But it would, and did, happen that some women were aborted at 16 to 20 weeks. “When that would happen, I would find that the tray contained blood, tissue and bone. That happened quite a lot and anyone who says it doesn’t is lying.”
Another area where the clinic was lax on following medical protocol was in disposal of the fetal remains. According to the article:
“What would you do?” she [the clinic worker] was asked. “With the tissue, bone and blood?” she wanted to know. “Right,” she was told.
She responded with a sigh
“I’d dump it in the sink, Just like it was a disposal.”
It is tragic that these children, after being killed, were disposed of in such a callous manner, their remains flushed into the sewer system. Not to mention the fact that the disposal of any kind of human tissue or surgical remains in such a careless manner violates all existing medical standards and laws. In addition, the practice of disposing of aborted remains without sending them to the pathologist puts the woman in danger. The only way to be certain that no parts of the baby or placenta are left behind is to examine the tissue carefully in a pathologist lab. Any shred of tissue, no matter how small, could cause an infection. Infections of this type can be serious, even fatal.
The clinic worker describes how she felt the first time she saw the aftermath of one of these abortions:
The first time I saw it, I said, ‘Oh my God!’ And then I washed it away down the sink.
Her last statement is poignant.
“Tissue, bone and blood,” she repeated. “That’s not life?”
It is clear that this woman is haunted by her time in the abortion industry. Her testimony shows the horror of the abortion procedure, the willingness of clinics to cut corners and break the law, and the emotional distress clinic workers can feel, even long after they have left their jobs.
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