December 10th 2011

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Deceptive advertising of the abortion industry

by Babette Francis

News Weekly, December 10, 2011

While in New Zealand at the Voice for Life conference in November, Bernard Moran, president of Voice for Life, drew my attention to the revamped website of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand.

The opening page has an appealing picture of a beautiful little girl and the accompanying blurb says: “Children are important. Every child needs to be loved and wanted.”

Quite — but then on the website are complaints that termination of pregnancy, which (it is alleged) should be solely a health issue, comes under the Crimes Act, and that women should have a choice about whether to continue with the pregnancy. So terminating that beautiful little girl’s life should not be a crime?

Stacy Trasancos, PhD, is a scientist-turned-homemaker raising seven children with her husband in Massachusetts. She is pursuing an MA in theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, is chief editor at Virtuous Planet and blogs at Accepting Abundance. In articles for, Stacy writes about her “virtual tour” of abortion clinic websites.

A clinic in New York advertises: “Gentle Abortions, No Pain, No Memory”. (No memory of what?). General anaesthesia is provided for late-term abortions. (The mother is asleep while her child is killed).

Next Stacy describes another website representing “a unique sort of place in NYC that isn’t even a clinic; it’s something else. They do ‘natural abortions’ with no disturbing suction noise, a ‘five minute procedure’ from which you will ‘immediately recover’.

“Then there was the clinic in Orlando that offers a ‘medical abortion at 24 weeks’, a procedure whereby a six-month-old viable unborn child can be poisoned in the womb and the mother can go home and deliver the dead baby in privacy so she can ‘say goodbye’ in her own way. And they offer a $50 discount on Sundays.

“Next stop — Michigan, where women are treated with a ‘more holistic approach’, and ‘stress-reducing, therapeutic relaxation techniques in a warm soothing atmosphere’ to treat the ‘whole body’.

“There is ‘soft lighting and relaxing music’ and aromatherapy to encourage a ‘deeper state of relaxation before, during and after the abortion procedure’. This makes them different. Meet Northland Family Planning. They take a spiritual attitude toward abortion. They ‘believe’ and they ‘promise’.

“What do they believe and promise? That the ‘best decision about a pregnancy is one that connects your head and your heart’. What does that mean? Or is it just supposed to sound pretty?

“They also believe that the ‘state-scripted information is inaccurate and misleading’, and so they promise ‘to provide medically accurate informed consent’. But what is it? It isn’t disclosed.

“They believe that ‘abortion does not have to hurt’, and they promise ‘to offer you safe choices and high quality pain management’. How nice.

“In this grandiose scheme to holistically treat the pain-free, aromatherapied woman and give her ‘medically accurate’ information’, they describe the abortion procedure. They promise their doctors will ‘take gentle medical and surgical steps to remove fetal life support and cause fetal death before removing the pregnancy’.

“Making a choice about your pregnancy can be a gift of learning and growth. It is an invitation for you to develop a larger vision of yourself. It’s a way to practise compassion and loving kindness toward your self.”

Stacy adds: “There has probably never been a lengthier way to avoid admitting what is really being done. It seems necessary to expose the ridiculous obfuscation of truth being advertised as compassion and holistic medicine…. Aromatherapy and pain medication don’t really take away the pain of losing a child — can’t ultimately take away the guilt of killing a child — and it is impossible to reconcile that with the veiled-in-spirituality nonsense being advertised for women in crisis.”

All these euphemisms about “gentle abortions” reminded me about the Women’s Health Conference organised under the Whitlam Government for International Women’s Year in 1975. There was a session on the provision of abortion services and it was implied that if the abortion was done in an attractive room with pastel-coloured walls and piped-in music, and the nurse held the patient’s hand, abortion would not be an unpleasant experience.

The reality is different. In the United States, abortionist Kermit Gosnell and some of his staff have been charged with murder. Some patients died and Gosnell killed babies born alive by snipping their spinal chords.

One of his clinic workers, Tina Baldwin, told investigators that Gosnell joked about a baby that was writhing as he cut its neck: “That’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.”

In Victoria at the Croydon clinic which performs late-term abortions, many women have been infected with Hepatitis C, and recently a patient was taken by ambulance to a hospital in a critical condition. I guess the clinic hadn’t used enough aromatherapy.

Babette Francis, B.Sc. (Hons), is national coordinator of Endeavour Forum Inc.



Tracy Trasancos, “Abortion clinic advertises: ‘Removing fetal life support’”,, November 10, 2011.

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