There are others who are involved with abortions on a daily basis — but instead of preventing them, to facilitate them. “I’m glad those abortions were safe and legal,” said¬†Diana, the center manager for a North Florida abortion clinic, regarding the almost 57 million abortions that have taken place since Roe v. Wade in January 1973. “I would consider them [abortions] no more or less safe than any other medical procedure. They are demonstrably safer than continuing pregnancy and giving birth. Making the patient aware of the risk of injury is part of getting their informed consent. Like with any other surgery, these things can and do happen.”

Diana agreed to comment on the matter, but requested her full name and her organization to not be disclosed for reasons of personal security and media relations compliance.

Barros, on the other hand, claims to see injured women on a regular basis at the Orlando Women’s Center. He knows several women who are now married but became infertile because of damage to the uterus during abortions. He also knows other women by name who have almost died from infections after their abortions. “Rhea bled for six months after her abortion,” Barros recounted. “Every time she came back, they told her that her problem didn’t have anything to do with her abortion. One day she was rushed to the hospital with a horrible infection. The hospital found that they [the abortion clinic] had left pieces of her baby inside and it almost killed her … the owner of Orlando Women’s Center [James Pendergraft] was found guilty of pretty much destroying a young lady and fined 36 million dollars. They are defending more lawsuits and just a few weeks ago they punctured another young lady’s uterus.”

“Then there’s the issue of depression and suicide after abortion,” Barros continued. “I run into ladies all the time that have been fighting deep depression for years ever since their abortion. [I] have heard as high as 75 percent consider suicide and 30 percent will attempt it … Family members of ladies that ended their lives beg me to never leave here [the sidewalk outside the abortion clinic] and warn others about what happened to their loved ones.”

“I don’t know how anyone can say abortion is ‘no more or less safe than any other medical procedure,'” Barros said. “I have never heard of anyone committing suicide over having their tonsils removed.”

Diana further commented on the 1973 Supreme Court ruling. “I think Roe v. Wade was an effective compromise between recognizing the rights of women and recognizing the rights of the developing pregnancies,” she said. “It is plain to see that following the implementation of Roe, injuries, infections and deaths from illegal or ‘back alley’ abortions stopped nearly overnight …¬†And it’s probably been a boon for men, too, to not have to be tied for life to someone who may not be right for them, or having to become parents before they’re ready for that responsibility.”

When asked if unborn infants are human beings, Diana said, “It doesn’t become an infant until after birth. The pregnancies in question are, for the purposes of my activism, embryos or fetuses. That’s just science.”

“I don’t think that unborn human beings have the right to use another person’s body to live without that person’s consent … I don’t think they have any ‘intrinsic’ rights that should supersede the rights of the woman to her own life, health and self-determination.” Diana continued. “I don’t think, myself, that an embryo or fetus has the right to use another person’s body to sustain themselves without the consent of that person, in this case the pregnant woman.”

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