Airing: Thursday, December 5 at 10:30 pm on EWTN.
Abortions are carried out legally in America throughout the pregnancy, including on healthy babies of healthy mothers. Hear the results of an undercover project of Priests for Life, showing the evidence.
Abortions happen legally even if someone is 30 weeks pregnant (or beyond), is healthy, and is carrying a healthy baby.
Priests for Life commissioned phone calls to legal abortion clinics around the country. In the calls, which you can listen to www.ExposeAbortion.net, our caller poses as a pregnant mother seeking an abortion appointment, usually in the latest stages of pregnancy, with both the mother and baby in perfect health. In one call, we hear the clinic schedule an abortion for a healthy mother carrying a healthy baby at 30 weeks of pregnancy!
We ask you to spread this information in every way you can. Show people that healthy babies, carried by healthy mothers, are being aborted in the second and even third trimester of pregnancy.
Here is the transcript of two of those calls.
Leroy Carhart, Bethesda, MD
Automated message: Thank you for calling AbortionClinics.org. To make an appointment or to reach a receptionist please press zero.
Respondent: AbortionClinics.org. How can I help you?
Caller: Yeah. I was wondering if you guys do abortions at 26 weeks of pregnancy.
Respondent: We do in Maryland.
Caller: Okay. How much does something like that cost?
Respondent: It just depends on your medical history.
Respondent: Is it for you, hon?
Respondent: Okay. Do you have a history of having any C-sections?
Respondent: Sorry. Do you have any major medical problems at all?
Respondent: Is there anything wrong with you or your pregnancy?
Respondent: What's your height and weight?
Caller: Five three and I'm 165.
Respondent: Okay. And do you know your blood type?
Caller: A positive.
Respondent: Okay. So based on that information at 26 weeks it's $7,000.00.
Caller: Okay. Well I was just mostly wanting to get some information. I've sort of been going back and forth on my decision. I wanted to see how much it was and if you guys could actually do it. And like are you able to tell me like what the procedure is?
Respondent: Yes. So basically we can see you up until 28 weeks. If there's no medical reason after 28 weeks case by case basis and right now at 26 weeks it's a three-day procedure. The first two days – well the first day you'd be in the clinic. The doctor would do an injection through your abdomen wall into your uterus and into the fetus' heart which would actually stop the heartbeat the first day.
And we also on the first day, first or second day based on your dilating your cervix we insert what's called laminaria. It's an FDA approved seaweed stick. It kind of looks like a small, wooden stick. It sits in your cervix overnight and absorbs body fluid and expands kind of like a tampon will to be able to open your cervix up.
Respondent: And on the last day which would be the third day basically essentially would be induced for labor.
Respondent: And then if you wait until 27 weeks it becomes four days. So first three days are dilation and the last day is the induction.
Caller: Okay. And so when you say labor you mean that's like delivering the baby or –
Respondent: Yes. Essentially it's a still birth.
Interviewee: Dr. Boyd’s. This is Susan. How may I help you?
Interviewer: Yes, I was just wondering what services you offer. I'm pregnant and my name's Bethany and I'm just wondering...
Interviewee: We do pregnancy terminations here.
Interviewee: How - what was the first day of your last normal period?
Interviewee: Do you know how far you think you are?
Interviewer: 29 weeks, I believe.
Interviewee: Okay. So, where are you calling from?
Interviewer: I'm actually calling from Texas, from Lubbock, Texas.
Interviewee: Okay. So, what we do is, at this time in the pregnancy for terminations, is what we call an induction procedure. It will require you to be in Albuquerque from the Monday afternoon or evening through a Friday afternoon or evening. We'll be spending a couple of days softening and dilating your cervix, and then we will induce labor so you will be going through the active labor and delivery of a stillborn. Is there anything wrong with the pregnancy?
Interviewer: Well, they said they saw an anomaly.
Interviewee: 'Kay. They tell you what they were?
Interviewer: They weren't sure if it was maybe something that’s Down Syndrome, and that kind of made me nervous, because I don't really - I don't wanna - I'm afraid to deal with all that.
Interviewee: Sure, of course, of course. That's a lifetime of commitment. We would be starting this procedure on the 11th. Now, at that point in time, you would be looking at a $11,500 fee. And the week after that, if we can't make it happen by next week, we're gonna be looking at a $12, 500 fee.
Interviewer: So when is the latest I need to let you know, what my decision is? 'Cause, I mean, you know, I have to travel out there and everything.
Interviewee: We don't have any gestational limits for fetal anomalies.
Interviewer: My big concern is, I'm Catholic and religious, so I would like to know if there's a possibility of having a priest there, or how does that work? Do you even have that? 'Cause -
Interviewee: We work with an organization called the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and, believe it or not, there is a priest affiliated with them. He has come here on numerous occasions to talk to patients, either as they're going through the process or afterwards.
Interviewee: And that would definitely be something that we can look into, to have him come. People at the RCRC are really wonderful. They're pro-choice, help patients with whatever religious criteria that they want to meet for themselves. We work with them all the time and, you know, we don't know how we'd do without them, really.