A story in the Akron Beacon Journal today was ground-breaking in its honest depiction of what goes on behind closed doors at an abortion clinic.
Reporter Phil Trexler wrote:
Inside an Akron abortion clinic was not where Ariel Knights wanted to be.
But after much anguish, she found herself walking through those clinic doors, joining a sea of women filling dozens of chairs stacking the waiting room.
“Every seat was full. People were standing,” she said. “It was pretty much like a slaughterhouse; it was like OK, next, next.”
When her name was called that March morning a year ago, she walked into a cramped room and climbed onto a table, positioning her lower body above a trash bag. When the doctor finished, Knights, still woozy from being sedated, was handed her things and shown the door.
This clinic had such a callous disregard for women that staffers placed trash bags underneath their patients. Maybe this made for easier cleanup and allowed the slaughterhouse assembly line to proceed at a brisk pace. Or maybe the garbage bag was to dispose of the babies’ bodies.
But Ariel Knight’s baby never made it to the trash bag. After weeks of feeling sick after the abortion, the 22-year-old went to an emergency room and found out she was still pregnant. Today she has a healthy baby girl, and a lawsuit pending against the abortionist.
This story tells so much painful truth about abortion that it’s hard to know where to start.
The conditions at the clinic were horrific, as they are at so many clinics across the country. The waiting room was standing room only. The patient was still woozy when she was handed her clothes and shown the door. Think about what Ms. Knights experienced the next time you read an abortion clinic advertisement touting “gentle compassionate care.”
But another important angle here is why Ms. Knights chose abortion in the first place: A doctor advised it. She has a uterine condition called “uterus didelphys” and said she was told by her doctor that the pregnancy could kill her.
Here’s what the esteemed Mayo Clinic says about the condition:
“In a female fetus, the uterus starts out as two small tubes. As the fetus develops, the tubes normally join to create one larger, hollow organ — the uterus. Sometimes, however, the tubes don’t join completely. Instead, each one develops into a separate structure. This condition is called double uterus (uterus didelphys). Double uterus is rare — and sometimes not even diagnosed. The percentage of women with a double uterus is likely higher in women with a history of miscarriage or premature birth. Treatment is needed only if a double uterus causes symptoms or complications, such as pelvic pain or repeated miscarriages.”
I did some Internet research on uterus didelphys and found my way to a community forum maintained by women who have the disorder. Read what one mom wrote about her two pregnancies:
“In my case, I started seeing a high risk OB around 13 weeks in the first pregnancy and I saw one at 18 weeks this time around. They closely monitor the cervix and measure the baby routinely to make sure there are no growth restrictions/problems. Additionally, they will likely start doing regular non-stress tests in the late second or early third trimester to continue to monitor the baby as he or she grows.
“My OB said he would be very happy if I made it to 32 weeks and thrilled if I made it to 36. I know these are early numbers, but when they are monitoring you and baby so closely, they can take all necessary measures to prepare baby for an earlier arrival if he or she decides to make one. In my case, the numbers were actually comical – I carried my first to 39 weeks and delivered by c-section. I had very few complications (a little pre-term labor at 34 and a half weeks, but fluids were enough to stop contractions and there was no progression). My high risk OB said if they had waited for me to go into labor on my own I probably would have carried 42 weeks!”
When she wrote this post, this mother was 24 weeks into her second pregnancy and looking forward to a scheduled C-section at 39 weeks. She had found her way to a doctor who understands that when you are treating an expectant mother, there are two patients, not just one. It’s impossible to know all the details of Ms. Knights’ case or what exactly her doctor told her, but in general, physicians who scare women into abortions with dire warnings of imminent death are more concerned with a potential lawsuit than they are with their patients. These doctors have no concern for the unborn child.
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: Women must choose their doctors with care. A pro-life doctor never would have sent that young woman to an abortion mill. In my book, “Recall Abortion,” Dr. John Bruchalski of the Tepeyac Family Center in Virginia said that pro-life physicians “never pit the life of the mother against the life of the child. … What we do with mothers at risk is practice good medicine. We monitor her, in the hospital or even in intensive care if we need to. We deliver the baby when we have to.”
Ms. Knights admitted to the reporter that she doesn’t like to think about the fact that she tried to abort her daughter. She’s lucky. Women who successfully abort their children never stop thinking about what they’ve lost.
If you want to know more about the shoddy practices of the abortion industry, and the cowardice of so much of the medical community, go to RecallAbortion.com