Women who go to pro-choice clinics are already receiving medical informed consent counseling before their abortions. Providers report that the majority of women having abortions do think carefully about their decision before coming to the clinic. Women who receive state-mandated lectures and booklets often say that the materials are “stupid” “condescending”, or “boring,” and have no impact on the decisions whatsoever. (1)
Our system for ensuring that all abortion patients have freely given their consent and are fully informed about this procedure reflects the collective wisdom of our staff and our focus on the needs of our patients. I respectfully submit that the honorable members of the Senate will never be able to protect or empower women the way Planned Parenthood does. (2)
I specifically asked if this was a baby and was told ‘No, it’s a formless blob of tissue.’ No one told me that this was a tiny baby who would be ripped apart. I was not informed of potential negative physical, psychological and spiritual consequences. The brochure [given to her at the abortion facility] stated that many women experience relief, without any consequences and it also stated ‘there may be a BRIEF period of sadness’. . . .
The abortion has impacted my life negatively the day it happened and every day since for almost 30 years with unmanageable and powerful emotions of guilt, sorrow and raw pain. I developed a migraine disorder that has consumed my life, destroyed my career and finances. My inconsolable crying over the loss of my child, and knowing I was complicit in his death has caused deep, traumatic and overwhelming pain that can trigger a migraine. I’ve ended up at the ER with runaway migraine pain, with no painkilling drug that exists in medical science to assuage my misery. For a month after, my body was wracked in pain and it seemed like continuous labor. I expelled large chunks of endometrium and what looked like fetal tissue.
They don’t go into specific detail. I think that would scare you and you would back out. I also was not allowed to see the screen during the ultrasound and they did not share the results with me. The pain I endured from the time the dilation began and then through the actual procedure was alarming and VERY unexpected.
No. I was not informed of the procedure, what it really involved and I wanted to see a sonogram and was refused. I was told I would bleed like a period but it was much, much more than that, I experienced a lot of cramping and was very depressed afterwards.
The councilor [sic] asked me if I wanted an abortion & I said yes. I was not told what would happen during the procedure. . . . He told me where to sign. Even when I was in the little room to get the ultrasound so they could see how far along I was, the girl didn’t speak to me. She was talking to a girl, training her I guess, and I looked at the monitor & asked ‘Where’s the heartbeat?’ All she said was ‘There isn’t one.’ And she turned the monitor so I couldn’t see and ignored me the rest of the time.
I was not prepared for how painful the abortion would be since it was only partial anesthesia. As a minor with my mother there, we were not informed of what the procedure entailed and my mother was not allowed in the counseling room beforehand to make an educated decision. My mom even tried to get into the room, but they sent her away. I was never introduced to the doctor. I only know he was a man.
I was told that my baby was not really a live baby, but that it was only a blob of flesh, and since it really wasn’t alive, I wouldn’t be killing anything. Later, when I saw the sonogram of my second living child, I saw that he was VERY ALIVE . . . and the guilt overwhelmed me.
No. It was explained as ending a pregnancy, that the fetus was just a blob of cells, it was minimized for sure. There was never any counseling or mention of the emotional or possible physical harm it could cause. I was rushed and it was obvious they weren’t interested in me but in getting as many abortions done as fast as possible. I ended up hemorrhaging after the abortion and they told me that they “thought” the doctor gave me a blood thinning rather than a blood clotting medication. I have no idea the cause. It was very frightening that is for sure.
I was thirteen, having a “forced” abortion by my parents. I think I was probably a little over 12 weeks by the time we went. Nobody told me what really happens to the baby. I don ‘t remember much talk about it except that “I will feel much better when it’s done” and “I can go on with my life” . . . etc. Nothing was said about going on the table and having a vacuum cleaner thing inserted in me. I was traumatized because I wanted to keep the baby, but the abortion counselors at the hospital who performed it just said, “It’s only a blob; it isn’t a baby yet . . . just tissue. I was told I could go swimming, play tennis, and go right on with life immediately following the procedure. Hours later, I was bleeding very heavily. This bleeding persisted with excruciating pain into the night. My mother took me back to the hospital again because of the pain. They sent us home about 3:00 a.m. with pain killers. But by five or so, I was doubled over vomiting and gushing blood clots unable to move. We went to another hospital and it turns out I needed a D&C. The doctor had only aborted half the baby . . . THE OTHER HALF WAS STILL IN ME! The doctors told my mother if I had just gone to sleep like the emergency room at the first hospital said, I would have died. I will never forget the torture that little baby must have gone through . . . I wonder (and so should anyone), “How long did that baby live torn apart?”
Just thought it would be a simple procedure that would quickly kill the fetus. Was told that it really wasn’t a baby yet . . . just a blob. . . . I was never able to get pregnant again. . . . My parents should have been notified . . . they were never told . . . nor was the father.
No. They called it a blob of tissue; I didn’t realize I was killing a baby, my baby. They didn’t tell me it could possibly mean I would never get pregnant again. Nor was I informed of the emotional pain I would experience . . . pain lasting 38 years.
No. I was told it was just a blob of tissue and that no life was formed. I later, after taking anatomy and physiology in college, realized what I had done and was devastated. Never was I told of the emotional distress it would cause me for the rest of my life. I was a murderer. I took an innocent, helpless life out of the safest place life should be protected in “the womb.”
No. I was told that the baby was not a baby, but just a blob of tissue. I was led to believe that the baby could feel no pain and that I would be alright after the abortion was over. The doctor said it was like performing a D&C and I would most likely have bleeding afterward like having my period.
No. I remember distinctly that the “counselor” told me that at the stage of development of my pregnancy, “we’re talking about a lump of tissue.” I imagined it as being like a piece of uncooked chicken fat, and that is pretty much how it was described. To my horror, much later, I came to see actual photographs of children at eight weeks gestation. They are quite distinctly human! Little arms, little legs, little heads and faces! I can’t tell you how difficult it has been at times to view pictures of ultrasounds of friends knowing that I killed my own child who looked just like that. No, [I was not adequately informed of the consequences of abortion]. I only knew that it would terminate the pregnancy. I had no idea it would change my life forever.
No. I was told that it wasn’t a living human being. I didn’t know what exactly was being done. When I started to cry and didn’t want to go through with it, I was put under anesthesia. No one explained how depressed you would be. Or that you would be a murderer. They left you feeling empty, dirty, no good.
No. The paperwork said I would feel “relief.” They did not tell me ANYTHING about the development of the baby and when I asked about it, they showed me a fuzzy ultrasound where I couldn’t see anything and told me it was “a worm with a head.” I have scar tissue on my cervix and have been tested positive for pre-cancer cells. I was never told abortion could affect my chances of having a healthy pregnancy later. I was never told I might not be able to get pregnant later.
No. Planned Parenthood staff said it was good to have the abortion early because “it wasn’t a baby yet – only a blob of tissue.” Didn’t inform me of any physical pain, consequences or emotional ramifications. I was not given any information on amount of bleeding, physical pain or other consequences. . . . I had very difficult and long labors with subsequent pregnancies/deliveries. Doctor said this was most likely due to previous abortion.
No. The only “counseling” I received was to ask me if I had any questions. When I replied that I didn’t know but thought maybe it was still just a placenta in there (baby not yet forming), she said “yes, it’s just a blob of tissue.” She actually used those words. I was also led to believe the procedure would involve only some mild cramping. Instead, it was extremely painful and frightening. I was told that it was easy, with no after-effects except bleeding for a few weeks. I was not told that (according to mainstream, peer-reviewed journals) it could lead to low-birth-weight and/or premature births – both of which I experienced a few years later. I was also not told about the terrible decades of guilt, grief and self-hatred I would experience.
No. I was 15 years old. I was directly told by the abortion saleswoman that my pregnancy was simply a blob of meaningless tissue. I was not asked if I wanted an ultrasound. I was never told I was killing a child. I was told if I hurried up and scheduled it before I reach 12 weeks, I’d save $150. No consequences of any kind, physical, mental, emotional or otherwise were ever communicated to me in any form whatsoever. There was no discussion of any consequences. Within a just few years of the abortion, I had to have a D&C for unknown reasons, a breast tumor was removed, I have painful uterus fibroid tumors, I had another breast biopsy and cancer scare. I never experienced the joy of motherhood. Less than six months after the abortion, I became suicidal and didn’t know why and came close several times to taking my life. I did not value my life and developed severe low self-esteem.