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Abortion Quotes

Excerpts from Sarah Terzo's "Abortion Quotes" Website


From "Abortion at Work: Ideology and Practice in a Feminist Clinic" by Wendy Simonds. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1996

" looks like a baby, That's what it looks like to me. You've never seen anything else that looks like that. The only other thing you've ever seen is a baby...You can see a face and hands, and ears and eyes and, you know...feet and toes...It bothered me real bad the first time..."

From the author: "Many health workers told me they 'never look at the face' when processing tissue."

From Norma McCorvey's book 'Won By Love'

[clinic] workers had to piece the baby back together, and every major part--head, torso, two legs, and two arms --had to be accounted for. One of our little jokes at the clinic was, "If you ever want to humble a doctor, hide a leg so he thinks he has to go back in."

"I walked in the laboratory every day. I saw dead babies every day for three years. If I could see fifty, I was so happy. Because, you know what? That meant I was really gonna have a good bonus in my paycheck."

---Clinic worker Hellen Pendley. Quoted by Mary Meeham in "The Ex-Abortionists: Why They Quit" in The Human Life Review

"Quoted in "The Ex Abortionists: They Have Confronted Reality" Washington Post April 1, 1988 p a 21

"I got to where I couldn't stand to look at the little bodies anymore"

--Dr. Beverly McMillan, when asked why she stopped performing abortions


The above excerpts were taken (with permission)  from Sarah Terzo's "Abortion Quotes" website, which can be found at


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