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“What I Saw in the Abortion Industry”

Carol Everett was involved in the abortion industry in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, area from 1977 until 1983.

As director of four abortion centers, owner of two, Ms. Everett was responsible for the centers’ daily operations. Everett, who had an abortion soon after it became legal in 1973 speaks out:

Q. What is the governing force behind the abortion industry?

A. Money. It is a very lucrative business in our nation. Most of the clinics are run in chains because it is so profitable.

Q. How much money were you making in the abortion industry before you quit?

A. I was getting a commission of $25 on every abortion I “sold.” In 1983, the year I got out, I would have pocketed approximately $250,000. But, in 1984, we expected to be operating five clinics, terminating about 40,000 pregnancies, and with that projection I planned to net $1 million. Money, Money, Money. That’s where my heart was.

Q. In what way is the woman deceived?

A. In two ways–the clinic personnel and the marketers must deny the personhood of the child and the pain caused by the procedure. Every woman has two questions, “Is it a baby?” and “Does it hurt?” The abortionist must answer “No”. He/she must lie to secure the consent of the woman and the collection of the clinic’s fee. The women were told that we were dealing with a “product of conception” or a “glob of tissue”. They were told that there would be only slight cramping, whereas, in reality, an abortion can be excruciatingly painful.

Q. What type of counseling was offered at the clinics?

A. In the clinics in which I was involved we didn’t do any real counseling. We answered only the questions the woman asked and tried not to “rock the boat”. We did not discuss alternatives to abortion unless the woman forced us to. We sold abortions.

Q. Abortion Is Supposed To Be A “Safe” Experience. What Complications Did You Witness?

A. We were doing a one-day traumatic dilation, which has a higher rate of complication. In the last 18 months I was in the business, we were completing over 500 abortions monthly and killing or maiming one woman out of 500. Common complications that take place are perforations or tears in the uterus. Many of those result in hysterectomies. The doctor might cut or harm the urinary tract, which then requires surgical repair. A complication that is rarely publicized is the one in which the doctor perforates the uterus and pulls the bowels through the vagina, resulting in colostomy.

Q. How did you keep these complications and deaths from the public?

A. The woman would be loaded into my car (an ambulance outside an abortion clinic is terrible advertising) and transported to a hospital that would protect the doctor and the abortion clinic’s reputation. The concern is not with the patient, only in keeping an unblemished reputation. You have a built-in cover-up with the patient’s family. They are dealing with their guilt and emotions over the situation and do not want to deal with the added pressure of exposing the truth through the media.

Q. Why did you get out of the abortion business?

A. A Dallas television station did an expose’ disclosing the abortions performed at my clinic on non-pregnant women–all for money! I finally realized, “We weren’t helping women–we were destroying them and their children.”