“The Sensations Of Dismemberment Flow Through The Forceps Like An Electric Current”

Warren Hern, a late-term abortion doctor in Colorado, gave a paper to the Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians in which he had studied his own staff:

“We have produced an unusual dilemma.  A procedure is rapidly becoming recognized as the procedure of choice in late term abortion, but those capable of performing or assisting with the procedure are having strong personal reservations about participating in an operation which they view as destructive and violent… Some part of our cultural and perhaps even biological heritage recoils at a destructive operation on a form that is similar to our own, even while we may know that the act has a positive effect for a living person.  No one who has not performed this procedure can know what it is like or what it means; but having performed it, we are bewildered by the possibilities of interpretation.  We reach a point in this particular technology where there is no possibility of denial of an act of destruction by the operator.  It is before one’s eyes.  The sensations of dismemberment flow through the forceps like an electric current… The more we seem to solve the problem, the more intractable it becomes.”  (Hern and Corrigan, 1978).

I really DON’T think I need to comment on this statement by Warren Hern.  It speaks VOLUMES all by itself.


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