Abortion providers who turn pro-life

Justin Taylor recently linked to an article from the Weekly Standard called “Mugged by Ultrasound.”  It described the heart-change of several people who used to work in abortion clinics due to their gruesome experiences.  As Albert Mohler notes, the article says that there are two major trends that have pushed people in this direction: the use of “dilation and evacuation” and the ultrasound technology.  The article contains some awful descriptions abortion in the words of the clinic workers, including doctors and staff.

Here is the powerful conclusion:

This handful of stories is representative of many more. In fact, with the exception of communism, we can think of few other movements from which so many activists have defected to the opposition. Nonetheless, the vast majority of clinic workers remain committed to the pro-choice cause. Perhaps some of those who stay behind are haunted by their work. Most, however, find a way to cope with the dissonance.
Pro-choice advocates like to point out that abortion has existed in all times and places. Yet that observation tends to obscure the radicalism of the present abortion regime in the United States. Until very recently, no one in the history of the world has had the routine job of killing well-developed fetuses quite so up close and personal. It is an experiment that was bound to stir pro-life sentiments even in the hearts of those staunchly devoted to abortion rights.  Ultrasound and D&E bring workers closer to the beings they destroy. Hern and Corrigan concluded their study by noting that D&E leaves “no possibility of denying an act of destruction.” As they wrote, “It is before one’s eyes. The sensations of dismemberment run through the forceps like an electric current.”

I hope and pray that more providers will follow the path of those described in the article.  Recently, I posted about another article that discussed the moral difficulties faced by defenders of abortion.  This article was by an author who supported abortion-rights, which made it all the more remarkable.  That article, much more than my brief comments about it, is really worth reading.

Hat tip for Mohler article: Rick at Endued

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