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Abortion clinic owner describes seeing “blood and tissue”

by | May 4, 2016

By Sarah Terzo

Merle Hoffman

Merle Hoffman

From Merle Hoffman, the founder and owner of an abortion clinic, on witnessing her first few abortions:

“What I saw a running through those vacuum tubes when I first started my work was only blood and tissue, unformed and messy. It was easy to imagine the fetus as a bunch of cells that one could define as one wished. But even in the beginning I had an inkling that this mentality was the easy way out, that it didn’t go far enough to do justice to the experience of abortion.”

Merle Hoffman Intimate Wars: the Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Board Room (New York: Feminist Press, 2012) 107

At just seven weeks, the baby has arms and legs, fingers and toes. (see aborted babies at 7 weeks here) At this stage the baby is delicate and may be torn apart completely in an abortion. Abortions done before the baby is formed are still killing a life.

Editor’s note. This appeared at

Categories: Abortion