“Courtesy, love and justice”

Brave "doctors"...

Brave “doctors”…

After Tiller: Meet the only four doctors in the U.S. who still perform third-trimester abortions

Daily Mail: Only four doctors in the U.S. offer third-trimester abortions, knowing they risk their own lives every day to carry out such controversial procedures.

These doctors are the subject of a documentary screened at the Sundance film festival last weekend, forty years after the legalization of abortion in the U.S. and four years after Dr Tiller. Physician  George Tiller was a prominent practitioner of late-term abortions shot dead by an extremist in 2009.

The documentary After Tiller is named for him and  focuses on the few remaining doctors who  perform abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy. The Supreme Court granted states the right to limit abortions in the final three months of a pregnancy.

It shows Drs. Robinson and Sella in  Albuquerque, Dr. Warren Hern in Boulder, Colorado, and it shows Germantown, Maryland, where LeRoy Carhart recently set .

Although late-term procedures make up just one per cent of all abortions in the United States, they are the most controversial, facing particularly virulent protests by abortion opponents.

Aside from death threats, such doctors face ‘institutional barriers,’ Dr. Susan Robinson, a former colleague of Tiller who still performs such procedures, told AFP following a screening of the documentary at Sundance. ‘If you do abortions, it is very hard to get the privilege to work in a hospital, because they don’t like abortion providers. They are almost all done in outpatient clinics, free-standing clinics, in this country,’ she says.

Being an abortion provider is very stigmatized. Other doctors look down on you and think of you as like the lowest of the low.’

Working out of a clinic in Albuquerque, Dr Robinson told ABC of her time working under Tiller: ‘We learned at his knee. Kindness, courtesy, justice, love and respect are the hallmarks of a good doctor-patient relationship.

‘People tell me  every single day, “Dr. Robinson, you’ve given me my life back“.  For these women it is life or death. Many women try to self-abort. The less  available it is, the poor will have the hardest time.’

New Mexico law grants doctors full  discretion over whether to carry out abortions – most often requested in cases in which the fetus is severely malformed – but Robinson says she  relies on the judgment of the women themselves.

‘If a woman comes to me, particularly if she struggles to get there, she’s come from Canada or California,  Louisiana or France, because she feels so strongly that she needs an  abortion,’ she said. ‘This woman has struggled with this  decision, herself. She’s not coming because she saw the clinic while she was on her way to the grocery store.’

‘Underlying all of what I do is the  belief that women are capable of having ethical struggles, working on  ethical questions and arriving at the best decisions for themselves.’

Abortion has, and probably always will be, a controversial topic and late abortions are particularly controversial and sensitive.

Two years ago, Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell was arrested and accused of killing a woman with a lethal dose of Demerol. After police searched his office, they found bags and bottles stuffed with aborted fetuses which had been delivered alive and then killed with scissors. They referred to it as a ‘house of horrors’.

Even supporters of abortion do not approve of third-trimester procedures. A 2011 Gallup poll showed that making  abortion illegal in the last trimester got strong support from both  pro-choice 79 per cent and pro-life advocates 94 per cent.

In the U.S., 88 per cent of abortions are done in the first 12 weeks. Fewer than one per cent are in the third trimester.

Dr Robinson is 66-years-old now but does not see herself retiring because she knows no one else will do what she risks her life to do. ‘I’ve been doing OB/GYN for 30 years. I  did a residency in OB and a fellowship in perinatology, high-risk  obstetrics.’

After abortion provider David Gunn was shot and killed in  Pensacola, Florida in 1993, and two receptionists in abortion clinics in Massachusetts were murdered, Robinson began to perform abortions  full-time.

Women whose fetuses have terrible abnormalities are a lot easier for people to understand,’ she told ABC. ‘The husband and wife want to spare their baby whatever suffering that baby would have.

Then there’s the group of women who didn’t know they were pregnant,’ she said. ‘They were told they were not pregnant for one reason or another and they are just as desperate.’

I find it incredibly hard for a woman to not know she’s pregnant by the third trimester. Wouldn’t you be aware if a child (such a pictured below) was in your belly and moving around?

baby

Third-trimester abortion is pure murder. In the third trimester, a baby is about 18 inches long and weighs as much as five pounds. The baby is kicking more, the brain is developing rapidly at this time, and he or she can see and hear. Most internal systems are well developed. In the ninth month the baby continues to grow and mature. His or her lungs are nearly fully developed. Your baby’s reflexes are coordinated so he or she can blink, close the eyes, turn the head, grasp firmly, and respond to sounds, light, and touch.

So sad these “doctors” have no courtesy or love for the unborn children they kill.

DCG

10 responses to ““Courtesy, love and justice”

  1. “‘We learned at his knee. Kindness, courtesy, justice, love and respect are the hallmarks of a good doctor-patient relationship.”

    Kindess, courtesy, justice, love and respect for whom? Certainly not for the unborn babies these “doctors” killed. They make me ill.

  2. good luck explaining their bullchips to God

  3. Godless dogs.

  4. On second thought dogs are way above these 4 pus filled absesses. Dogs show love and affection, something these subhumans are incapable of.

  5. Dr. Robinson is nauseating. All she is doing is trying to rationalize murder.

  6. Grumpy in Arizona

    Do you remember when this country had the quaint concept of ‘shame?’
    Evidently these so called ‘physicians’ are completely unaware of the shame concept.
    Furthermore, I would argue (as a layman): Lacking the moral understanding of the difference between right and wrong – or in these cases a complete indifference to ‘innocent human life’ and a deficiency of the primal human instinct to protect the young – qualifies these people for the Looney-bin.

  7. From the photos, these people are not young and invincible. At any time now something could go wrong, leaving them trying to answer to God about all those murders.

  8. These “doctors” are just sick! Murdering babies and attempting to rationalize it…and the women that make the choice to let them do it…WTH

  9. These people are sick.

  10. Hotair reports this movie is being shown tomorrow on PBS. Bonus? There are LESSON PLANS for educators who choose to discuss this movie (and show clips from it. I didn’t see any dead babies though).

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/08/31/your-tax-dollars-at-work-pbs-to-air-pro-abortion-after-tiller-movie-tomorrow/

    http://www.pbs.org/pov/educators/lesson-plans.php?IncludeBlogs=15&sort_type=&search_type=search&search=after+tiller&x=7&y=16#.VAO7iWd0zMx

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