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Abortion clinic worker: women say they are killing their babies

by | Aug 17, 2021

By Sarah Terzo

Peg Johnston, who was working in an abortion facility, said the following in a 2006 article:

I would go out there and scream at them [pro-life protesters]. Then I would come back in and listen to a woman talk.

Frequently the words were almost the same. The protesters would be saying, ‘You’re murdering your baby,’ and the women inside would be saying, ‘I feel like I’m killing my baby.’ I used to think, well, they’re just echoing what they are hearing. There was a time when I would correct them if they used those words.

The word killing was hard. It was so difficult to see women that guilty or distressed. But eventually we got into conversations about the difference between murder and killing.

Now our reaction is more: well, does it feel like killing to you and how are you going to make peace with that?

Monika Bauerlein, “In Search of New Words: Redefining the Abortion Debate” MORE magazine, October 2006.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.

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