This woman, who calls herself Jane, took pictures of the aftermath of her abortion to demystify abortion and to show what a "baby" really looks like after an abortion at six weeks. There are no feet or hands. There is nothing but blood and cells, as one can see from the pictures on her site. It is nothing like what you see on those fake pictures so many anti-abortion people propagate.
My intention in documenting and sharing my abortion is to demystify the sensationalist images propagated by the religious and political right on this matter. The images of lifeless fetuses are used as propaganda in the prolife/prochoice debate in which individual women and their bodies are used as pawns to push a cultural, political, and religious agenda in the United States.
At 6 weeks of pregnancy, my abortion looked very different than the images I saw when I entered the clinic that day.
No, the doctor did not chop or shred the baby in the process of removing it. It was just cells and barely a blimp on an ultrasound before the abortion, nothing more.
They say that the walls of Dr. Tiller’s clinic are lined with letters from grateful families. I can understand that gratitude. Whenever tirades against abortion catch my attention, I look at our elder daughter with wonder and gratitude. Without abortion she wouldn’t exist, and if I knew where to find the warm Canadian-trained Singaporean physician who gave us the gift of Brynn, I would send her one of those letters, too.
Who do you know who wouldn’t be here if a brave doctor hadn’t made a moral commitment like the one that cost George Tiller his life? What do those fundamentalists think keeps someone like Dr. George Tiller working behind bullet proof glass after being shot in both arms? The gifts of life given by an abortion provider are hard to measure, but I think that Dr. Tiller knew. I hope they publish those letters in a book.
Anyway, the photos the woman took of her abortion are interesting to say the least and a lot safer than prior Roe v. Wade.