Abortion: A Cozy, Wholesome Experience?

If you’ve ever had surgery, what was your first concern? A cozy purple blanket? Pretty pictures on the walls? A cup of tea?

On August 4, the director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston called 911. A patient was hemorrhaging and needed emergency transportation to Ben Taub Hospital. The emergency was the tenth time this year an ambulance has been called to that Planned Parenthood location.

To hear pro-abortion activists tell it, treating women who have abortions like regular patients is somehow mistreating them.

In 2013 Texas passed a law requiring abortion facilities to meet the same standards as other ambulatory surgical centers. The abortion industry has had the law tied up in court ever since. The US Supreme Court may take up the case in its current session, which started Monday. In the meantime, women’s healthcare—you know, what Planned Parenthood claims to care about most—suffers.


On August 4, an ambulance was called to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston to rush a patient to a nearby hospital.

The 911 episode at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast isn’t unique. At various abortion assembly-line factories across the US, patients have been rushed to hospitals with uterine and bowel perforations, seizures, allergic reactions, hemorrhage, cardiac arrest and post-op infections. Many women have died, including these identified by our urban outreach department.

Abortion mills have been cited for filthy waiting rooms, improperly stored drugs and used needles, incomplete records, dusty and inoperable equipment, dirty operating rooms, open cups of urine and stained procedure tables.

Why wouldn’t an industry that promises “quality healthcare for women” want to fix those problems? If abortion is just a medical procedure like any other medical procedure, why wouldn’t abortion advocates want standard medical equipment at hand?

Instead, they apparently believe cuddling and soothing is the “quality care” women need most.

Whole Women’s Health has two abortion facilities in San Antonio. One complies with the new Texas law. The other doesn’t, but it does have the aforementioned pretty pictures, purple blankets and tea, plus lamps and comfy recliners.

A writer for the website RH Reality Check complained about the compliant facility. The lights are “blinding.” The facility is “massive, with bright ‘alien eyes’ staring down . . . filled with complex machines.” The process is “intimidating.” The surgical table is “emotionless.” The beds are “sterile” and “cage-like.” The atmosphere is like a “shameful ‘asylum.’”


A poster displayed as “empowering artwork” on the walls at a San Antonio Whole Women’s Health facility.

To the pro-abortion crowd, medical equipment and sterile conditions are instruments of shame and stigma. The warm and fuzzy facility is instead “actively fighting shame and honoring [patients’] individual experiences through soothing purple walls and lighting, empowering artwork, rooms named after powerful women, and a comforting atmosphere.” The facility “erases stigma from the abortion process and transforms it into a wholesome experience.”

I’m having an outpatient procedure later this month—my fourth with a facility like this. I can promise you I’m not going to be critiquing the artwork. I won’t care if the surgical table doesn’t show emotion—it would be unsettling if it did. I want a sterile bed and all the safety equipment in operable condition in the event the unexpected happens.

Unlike the abortion industry that rails against a day or two waiting period before a woman’s surgical abortion, my wait is a couple weeks or longer.

Contrary to women who rarely see the abortionist before they’re on the table, I have a true consult with my doctor, a thorough briefing on the procedure and what to expect in its wake. Women having abortions report they’re kept in the dark about their babies and the dangers abortion poses to their physical and mental health.

If an emergency arises, I have the assurance the doctor and center have a patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital to save critical minutes that can make the difference between life and death. With abortion patients it’s often a game of Russian roulette.

The abortion industry can’t have it both ways. They can’t say abortion is just one of many legal medical procedures and then balk when it’s treated like a medical procedure with needed safeguards. They can’t be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde about abortion by saying it “empowers” women and then insist women need help with their emotions—and then switch gears once again and insist that “abortion does not pose a psychological hazard for most women” but instead offers them “relief and happiness.”

The truth is—and I think they know it—abortion isn’t a “wholesome experience.” It kills children and damages women. No cup of tea can soothe that truth away.

Yours for life and truth,

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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