Pro-Choice Writer Witnesses Abortion: “It Was an Intense Emotional Experience, I Was Exhausted”

National   |   Sarah Terzo   |   Oct 3, 2014   |   11:09AM   |   Washington, DC

RH Reality Check had article by Kathleen Reeves in response to another article where another pro-choicer describes witnessing an abortion.

“I’ve witnessed abortions not as a journalist but as a volunteer at Planned Parenthood. I assist the doctor, scrub technician, and anesthetist with room set-up and other simple tasks during the procedure, and I support the patients before, during, and after the abortion—taking their blood pressure, encouraging them to breathe deeply if they’re upset or in pain, holding their hands.

It’s true that it’s an intense emotional experience, especially the first time you witness it.

ultrasound4d21First, it’s overwhelming for someone outside the medical profession, like Sarah Kliff, and me, to be present for a surgical procedure.”…. I was exhausted, physically and emotionally, after my first day at Planned Parenthood. I think it’s wise that Kliff, after writing about abortion for years, has finally seen the procedure. If she’d like to further explore her emotional reaction to it, I’m sure her local Planned Parenthood would be glad to have her help.”

Kathleen Reeves “Witnessing Abortion” RH Reality Check August 20, 2009

While early suction abortion may not reveal recognizable body parts, later abortions do. The person witnessing abortion may not see the recognizable parts traveling down the suction tube, but carefully examining the remains as early as 7 weeks post-conception will show arms and legs in the aftermath.

Former Clinic Worker: Tracy Jones

Tracy Jones was the former administrative director of Dr. George Tiller’s late term abortion clinic.  She would later file suit against Tiller, claiming she was denied overtime wages for menial tasks she was instructed to do around the office. Her testimony was published in The Tiller Report, a publication by Operation Rescue which exposed disturbing practices at Dr. Tiller’s clinic.

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Here is her testimony:

”There were no training manuals for new employees, and there was no time (or instructions from Dr. Tiller) to develop them. Basically it was a “sink or swim”situation for new front office employees. We did have a cursory telephone answering procedure sheet to follow, but generally a new employee received on-the-job training by all of the front office employees. Further, front office employees were routinely called back to the medical area to assist medical employees with direct patient care without receiving any training in this area.Dr.Tiller paid .kick-backs. to certain individualswho referred patients to him….[I.S.] in New York; [C.F.] in Tulsa, Oklahoma and [C.K.] in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Tiller required me to account for these payments (other than[I.S.], who he paid in cash) as “Other Advertising” on the books.Dr. Tiller instructed me to routinely overbill BlueCross/Blue Shield of Kansas. For example, we billed BC/BS $786 for a first trimester procedure, while patients actually paid only $225 or $330. Dr. Tiller advised me that he .pioneered. this billing procedure, and that other clinics across the country were doing it as well. The way it worked was that $786 was booked as the actual procedure fee, the patient paid either $225 or $330, and the remainder ($561 or $456) was written off in the “adjustments” column. When patients questioned this, we advised that $786 was the actual cost of our service, but that in order to remain competitive we took a loss, or a write-off, to keep our prices low.”

Quoted in Sarah Terzo “Former Tiller employee alleged insurance fraud, kickbacks” Live Action Aug 29, 2014 Note: Sarah Terzo is a pro-life liberal who runs, a web site devoted to exposing the abortion industry. She is a member of the pro-life groups PLAGAL and Secular Pro-Life. Follower her on Twitter.