Elsewhere today, we talk about a fine essay that appeared at the Federalist in which the author explains, “Why You’ve Never Really Seen Hollywood Portray An Abortion Scene.” I encourage you to read our post.
As I read Cullen Herout’s essay, I immediately thought of a story I wrote about a woman then writing for Newsweek. Sarah Kliff had just complied a celebratory profile of LeRoy Carhart, who then as now unapologetically specializes in late, late abortions.
By way of gathering background for her gushy profile, Kliff actually watched an abortion being performed. The title is “Watching My First Abortion.”
Kliff convinced herself that she had threaded the needle. She was not being ‘judgmental’ yet still has “difficulty understanding my own reaction–both relieved to have watched a minimally invasive surgery and distressed by the emotionality of the process.”
Of course, she had done nothing of the sort.
She saw “only” first trimester abortions through a window from another room. What she saw was a “suction machine [which] made a slight rumbling sound, a pinkish fluid flowed through the tube, and, faster than I’d expected, it was over.”
Poof “it” (the baby) is gone.
Had she gotten close to these women–or watched Carhart abort a massive late second or third trimester baby–I’m guessing her nonchalant conclusion would have been a great deal less sanguine. Something about little arms and recognizable legs will do that to you.
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Kliff then explained how
When I returned from Omaha, friends and colleagues wanted to know if I had “done it.” When I said I had, their reactions surprised me. Friends who supported legal abortion bristled slightly when I told them where I’d been and what I’d watched. Acquaintances at a party looked a bit regretful to have asked about my most recent assignment. The majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade’s protection of abortion, about 68 percent as of May. But my experience (among an admittedly small, largely pro-choice sample set) found a general discomfort when confronted with abortion as a physical reality, not a political idea. Americans may support abortion rights, but even 40 years + after Roe, we don’t talk about it like other medical procedures.”
Well, abortion is not “like other medical procedures,” no matter how loud or how often proponents insist it is. And as for the reaction of her “largely pro-choice sample set,” it’s not terrible surprising.
The Abortion Industry and the men and women who staff it have made their own separate peace with the violence and the accompanying dehumanization.
But for outsiders, it’s one thing to be “pro-choice.” Depending on how candid Kliff was, it’s an altogether other thing to hear about what takes place when the “products of conception” are emptied out of a woman.
At that point the reassuring gibberish about “choice” runs headlong into the grim reality that each abortion kills a baby, often maims a woman, and always takes a chunk out of the souls of everyone making a living killing unborn babies.
LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.