by Steven Ertelt
December 13, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A woman who had an abortion at Wichita, Kansas late-term abortion facility of George Tiller appeared on the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday evening. She told the national television audience of the horrible experience she endured.
Kelly Dickerson, who is now a spokeswoman for an organization that helps women who have had abortions, told the program she was taken to the abortion facility by her parents.
Dickerson was 14 year-old and 20 weeks pregnant — too late in pregnancy for a legal abortion in her home state of Maryland.
She said that she participated in a group counseling session with other women scheduled to have late-term abortions and never mentioned talking with Tiller or other staff at the abortion business about her own situation beforehand.
Dickerson indicated the abortion would be a five-day process and that Tiller’s staff inserted a laminaria to dilate her for the abortion.
"On the third day, Tiller came in and injected into the amniotic sac saline solution which suffocated and burned my baby to death," Kelly said.
She described an assembly-line abortion process in which, on the fifth day, women are herded into a room and told to lie down on beds. Tiller’s staff would go down the line of women checking which ones are dilated enough to have the abortion and take them in to complete it.
Dickerson told Fox News that the final part of the abortion process consisted of going into a bathroom and leaning on a nurse as she delivered her dead baby into the toilet.
She said the only two times she ever saw Tiller was when he injected the saline solution and after she gave birth to her dead child.
"This is all very graphic but I think it’s important that people know what’s going on in our country," Dickerson told host Bill O’Reilly.
Tiller is currently under criminal investigation by the Kansas Attorney General’s office for alleged illegal late-term abortions and the concealment of child rape.
He escaped prosecution in the January 2005 death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert, a mentally disabled Texas girl whose parents took her there for an abortion.
During the interview with Fox News, Dickerson indicated that no one at Tiller’s abortion center ever told her about potential medical or emotional problems following the abortion. The abortion center did not provide any information about what would happen to Dickerson during the five-day abortion process.
"No one ever said anything to me about what was going to happen to me ten years down the road," Dickerson said.
Asked what happened to the body of her unborn child, Dickerson responded, "I have no idea, I left the body of my dead baby in the toilet."
Ultimately, Dickerson said the late-term abortion process does nothing to affirm women or give them information or choices abortion advocates claim they support.
"I’m disgusted that women are told they have a choice yet no one tell us what that choice is or what that choice is going to do to us or to the baby," Dickerson told the Fox News program. "Very few people, I think, know that this is what happens."
"Abortion is not just an easy solution, it’s not an answer to a problem — it just creates other problems," she added.
Regarding her own situation following the abortion, Dickerson said she experienced the kinds of mental health problems that plague at least 40 percent of women having abortions, studies show.
"I was traumatized, I had lots of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder," she explained. "I had very low self esteem, was promiscuous, I used drugs, I had eating disorders — lots of horrible things."
Ultimately, Dickerson told O’Reilly that "having my child would have been better than the depression and suicidal thoughts" after the abortion.
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