Newsweek Reporter Witnesses an Abortion
Pro-abortion reporter, Sarah
Kliff, is surprised by her reaction to witnessing an abortion.
Sarah Kliff has covered abortion at Newsweek for two years. So
surprised at the discomfort she felt when faced with the prospect of
watching an abortion for a story she was doing on Nebraska late-term
abortionist, LeRoy Carhart.
Kliff spent four days at Carhart's Omaha clinic interviewing patients,
hearing their stories and eventually viewing at least one
"There was a discomfort I hadn't expected," she said, "my emotional
reaction to watching abortions. I had (and still have) difficulty
understanding my own reaction, both relieved to have watched…and
distressed by the emotionality of the process."
It's something many in the pro-abortion camp are reticent to
admit. Kliff faced odd reactions when she returned home.
"Friends who supported legal abortion bristled slightly when I told
them where I'd been and what I'd watched," she said.
a party looked a bit regretful to have asked about my most recent
Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst at Focus on the Family
Action, said the inner struggle is hard to ignore.
"When you come face to face with the violence of what abortion really
is," she said, "it can be a different story, as this reporter
Abortion kills children, and witnessing an abortion demands a response
to that truth."
Kliff acknowledged that abortion is not just another medical procedure.
"Abortion involves weighty choices that, depending on how you view it,"
she said, "involve a life, or the potential for life."
Earll said, "The finality of abortion is almost palpable and once it's
done, someone has died and you cannot reverse it. That may be
Contact: Kim Trobee
Date: August 19, 2009
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