Monday, November 24, 2008

Crying without tears

Esperanza Puente's new book 'I Aborted' offers a frank account of the abortion process from the viewpoint of a woman who has had an abortion. It is a world away from the friendly, supportive and professional image abortion providers like to give themselves. Puente writes:

“In the waiting room, women cry without tears and scream without a voice... the standard procedure is that women don’t see ultrasounds of the baby, which is considered to be a ‘cluster of cells’ or a blob of tissue, as one doctor in Madrid told a woman a few days ago.”

She describes the behaviour of staff as 'cold' and mentions a particularly horrific moment when she found the remains of her dead baby that a nurse had forgotten to take away.