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Pro-lifers want investigation into abortion doc who used kitchen tools in abortions

Posted in Abortion Training, Abortionist, Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by saynsumthn

Pro-lifers are calling for the investigation of a Planned Parenthood abortion doctor caught talking about fetal research on secretly recorded tape. Lisa Harris, who once wrote that she “does society’s dirty work”, also bragged that she felt liberated after using “ordinary kitchen tools” to perform legal abortions.

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Lisa Harris the Planned Parenthood abortionist, writes in the Atrium, a Report of the Northwestern Medical Humanities and Bio-Ethics Program in 2014:

    “I set down the tray and pour the bowl’s contents into a hand held kitchen strainer. It is an ordinary kitchen strainer that I purchased at the bed and bath store…I run water through the strainer to clear away the blood and empty the strained contents onto another tray. The patient whose abortion I have just done was early in her pregnancy…I move the tissue into a square Pyrex baking dish…I use ordinarily kitchen tools…I do society’s dirty work….I turn women into non-mothers…(I know full well that most women seeking abortions are mothers…)And fetuses die at my hands.”

In leaked undercover video footage from the Center for Medical Progress, received this week by GotNews.com after being put online by a hacker, the Michigan Planned Parenthood abortion doctor was recorded telling a NAF audience that a baby’s head sometimes gets stuck when dismembering them in an abortion and that she is concerned about the regulations that govern research.

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Saynsumthn has previously reported that in a separate recording, Harris told CMP that all “research projects” at the Planned Parenthood affiliate she is with go through their VP of medical services. She also said that, “All research projects pay – pay for the effort but there’s never been like a per specimen fee.” In addition Harris expressed concern that “research regulations” “get in the way.”

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As a result of her statements, 50 pro-life activists gathered in front of the Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood where Harris works to call for Michigan’s Attorney General to investigate the abortionist. Planned Parenthood has of course denied any wrongdoing but pro-life activists are not convinced.

“I think there’s evidence to the allegations we’re making and we believe this is something that needs to be looked into
,” Monica Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society who organized the event, told MLive.com.

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In the video it says quite clearly what she’s doing,” Miller added.

Planned Parenthood receives $528 million federal tax dollars annually and pressure is mounting to have them defunded after a steady flow of shocking video has been made public from the Center for Medical Progress and other sources.

I don’t believe Planned Parenthood could be what it is today without the millions of dollars they get from the federal and state government,” Pro-lifer Lynn Mills, who also helped organize the press conference, said. “They need to be cut off.”

As Saynsumthn has previously reported, this abortionist once described doing a late-term abortion while pregnant. Harris also admitted that abortion procedures are violent, that abortion victims really do look like pro-lifers’ photos and has said that re-assembling fetal body parts often elicits “feelings of awe” in abortionists.

Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills

Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills

Mills, who is the director of Pro-Life Detroit, told Saynsumthn that she would like for every pro-lifer who reads this story to contact the Michigan Attorney General and request that Planned Parenthood and Harris be investigated, “The words that came directly out of Lisa Harris’ mouth alone should prompt an investigation.” Mills said.

Harris herself challenges fetal tissue regulations and how they restrict what she can do. In past interviews with media outlets that I have listened to, Harris has bemoaned all abortion restrictions claiming abortion operators should be able to self-govern and self-rule. Well, is this what you get when you self-rule? Abortionists selling baby parts?”

“I urge concerned citizens everywhere to call 517-373-1101 and tell Attorney General Bill Schuette to launch an investigation,” Mills added.

A representative from state Senator Patrick Colbeck’s office said the senator has forwarded the video to the attorney general and requested that he investigate the matter further. Colbeck has also introduced a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in Michigan by halting any state money flowing to the organization, according to MLive.com.

( Images of press conference credit: Lynn Mills Facebook)

Planned Parenthood doc in leaked vid once did abortion while pregnant

Posted in Abortionist, Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood abortionist, Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2015 by saynsumthn

Leaked undercover video footage shows a pro-life group talking with a Michigan Planned Parenthood abortion doctor who once described doing a later term abortion while pregnant.

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The focus of the video is abortionist Lisa Harris who is described by the pro-abortion blog, RH Reality Check as a Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Studies at University of Michigan and is co-medical director of Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan, and the Director of University of Michigan’s Fellowship in Family Planning. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Reproductive Health Technologies Partnership.

The never-before-released video footage recorded by the Center for Progress (CMP) video, was leaked by GotNews.com who said they got them after a hacker allegedly uploaded them to YouTube. CMP videos released to date have exposed Planned Parenthood’s horrific baby parts operation prompting some members of Congress to question their $528 million dollar a year funding by tax payers.

In a 2008 paper entitled, “Second Trimester Abortion Provision: Breaking the Silence and Changing the weeks Discourse,” Harris describes performing an abortion on a preborn baby at 18 weeks while she herself was 18 weeks pregnant.

Harris writes, “I went about doing the procedure as usual.

“I used electrical suction to remove the amniotic fluid, picked up my forceps and began to remove the fetus in parts, as I always did. I felt lucky that this one was already in the breech position – it would make grasping small parts (legs and arms) a little easier.”

The abortionist continued:

“With my first pass of the forceps, I grasped an extremity and began to pull it down. I could see a small foot hanging from the teeth of my forceps. With a quick tug, I separated the leg. Precisely at that moment, I felt a kick – a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus. It was one of the first times I felt fetal movement. There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a “thump, thump” in my abdomen.”

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To recap, the now Planned Parenthood abortionist who was 18 weeks pregnant wrote that she, “felt a kick – a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus” as while dismembering another woman’s 18 week preborn baby.

But wait…there is more.

In the same paper, Harris later writes about a 23 week abortion she performed and how she had to assemble the parts of the baby:

“As a third-year resident I spent many days in our hospital abortion clinic. The last patient I saw one day was 23 weeks pregnant. I performed an uncomplicated D&E procedure. Dutifully, I went through the task of reassembling the fetal parts in the metal tray. It is an odd ritual that abortion providers perform – required as a clinical safety measure to ensure that nothing is left behind in the uterus to cause a complication – but it also permits us in an odd way to pay respect to the fetus (feelings of awe are not uncommon when looking at miniature fingers and fingernails, heart, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands), even as we simultaneously have complete disregard for it.”

Adding that after she dismembered a 23 week preborn baby she, “rushed upstairs to take overnight call on labour and delivery.”

The image you may have gotten from Harris is that she is some sort of Frankenstein. Her words conjure up pictures of a mad serial killer who can repeatedly kill without feelings of empathy for her victims.

When you meet Harris, you do not get the image of a heartless killer who would cherish her baby’s life while destroying another. In the video below, you get a sense that Harris is a decent person who simply cares for the health of women. That is, if you did not know with her own words what Harris does to these children.


In the footage released by GotNews.com, Harris speaks with an investigator from the Center for Medical Progress who asks her how far abortions are performed at her Planned Parenthood facility. Harris tells CMP, “19 and 6” meaning 19 weeks, 6 days. She also tells CMP that she has been involved in fetal tissue research in the past with, “independent / individual researchers” who needed either fetal tissue or organs.

Lisa Harris Planned Parenthood Center for Medical Progress

Harris, who asked in her paper mentioned above, “What normal person does this kind of work?” told CMP that all “research project” at the Planned Parenthood affiliate she is with go through their VP of medical services. She also says that, “All research projects pay – pay for the effort but there’s never been like a per specimen fee.”

Harris appears distracted during the conversation but made it clear to CMP that she was most concerned about the “research regulations” that “get in the way.” She said her interest in using aborted children for research was that women be allowed to “feel good” about their abortion.

Despite wanting women to think they are doing something good when they have an abortion, Harris once admitted that there is violence in an abortion even suggesting that the label of abortionists as “butchers” might be accurate:

There is violence in abortion, especially in second trimester procedures…Instead of acknowledging what is on the placards, abortion rights activists may say in response to them that they are fake pictures or that abortions don’t really look like that. However, to a doctor and clinic team involved in second trimester abortion, they very well may. Of course, acknowledging the violence of abortion risks admitting that the stereotypes that anti-abortion forces hold of us are true – that we are butchers, etc.,” she wrote.

Abortionist Reflects on Dismembering One Baby While Feeling Her Own Flutter in Her Womb

Posted in Abortion, Abortionist, Late term abortion, pro-choice, Pro-Life, Second Trimester Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by saynsumthn

Lisa Harris: Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies, Director for Fellowship in Family Planning

By Kathleen Gilbert
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 15, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) –

There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a ‘thump, thump’ in my abdomen. Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes.” So writes abortionist Lisa Harris in a disturbing article relating her experiences as an abortionist, particularly her anguished and “brutally visceral” experience of dismembering an 18 week gestation unborn child, while 18 weeks pregnant herself.

In the article, entitled “Second Trimester Abortion Provision: Breaking the Silence and Changing the Discourse,” Harris, an abortionist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan, explains the ethical position that she says helps her and other abortionists continue practicing despite the moral and psychological hurdles involved in what she describes as an undoubtedly “violent” procedure.

Abortion is different from other surgical procedures,” Harris writes in her candid article. “Even when the fetus has no legal status, its moral status is reasonably the subject of much disagreement. It is disingenuous to argue that removing a fetus from a uterus is no different from removing a fibroid.”

Harris says that there is a need to “cross borders and boundaries (including seemingly inflexible ones like ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’)” in order to “reflect seriously on the question of how providers determine their limit for abortion,” and warned that the issues surrounding the question “may frankly be too dangerous for pro-choice movements to acknowledge.”

Harris then describes how she once performed an abortion on a woman whose fetus was at 18 weeks gestation. Ironically, Harris herself was pregnant at the time, and her baby was also at 18 weeks gestation.

Consequently, she explains how she was “more interested than usual in seeing the fetal parts when I was done, since they would so closely resemble those of my own fetus.”

I went about doing the procedure as usual,” she writes. “I used electrical suction to remove the amniotic fluid, picked up my forceps and began to remove the fetus in parts, as I always did. I felt lucky that this one was already in the breech position – it would make grasping small parts (legs and arms) a little easier.”

With my first pass of the forceps, I grasped an extremity and began to pull it down. I could see a small foot hanging from the teeth of my forceps. With a quick tug, I separated the leg. Precisely at that moment, I felt a kick – a fluttery “thump, thump” in my own uterus. It was one of the first times I felt fetal movement. There was a leg and foot in my forceps, and a “thump, thump” in my abdomen. Instantly, tears were streaming from my eyes – without me – meaning my conscious brain – even being aware of what was going on. I felt as if my response had come entirely from my body, bypassing my usual cognitive processing completely. A message seemed to travel from my hand and my uterus to my tear ducts. It was an overwhelming feeling – a brutally visceral response – heartfelt and unmediated by my training or my feminist pro-choice politics. It was one of the more raw moments in my life. Doing second trimester abortions did not get easier after my pregnancy; in fact, dealing with little infant parts of my born baby only made dealing with dismembered fetal parts sadder.

Harris concludes that the “visually and viscerally different” component of a second-trimester abortion, as opposed to a first-trimester one, leads to questions such as: “What kind of dissociative process inside us allows us to do this routinely? What normal person does this kind of work?

To answer the questions, Harris notes that the “violence” of abortion must be acknowledged, and relates a “bizarre” experience she once had of observing a premature baby struggling to survive immediately after dismembering an unborn child the same age:

The last patient I saw one day was 23 weeks pregnant. I performed an uncomplicated D&E procedure. Dutifully, I went through the task of reassembling the fetal parts in the metal tray. It is an odd ritual that abortion providers perform – required as a clinical safety measure to ensure that nothing is left behind in the uterus to cause a complication – but it also permits us in an odd way to pay respect to the fetus (feelings of awe are not uncommon when looking at miniature fingers and fingernails, heart, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands), even as we simultaneously have complete disregard for it. Then I rushed upstairs to take overnight call on labour and delivery. The first patient that came in was prematurely delivering at 23-24 weeks. As her exact gestational age was in question, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) team resuscitated the premature newborn and brought it to the NICU. Later, along with the distraught parents, I watched the neonate on the ventilator. I thought to myself how bizarre it was that I could have legally dismembered this fetus-now-newborn if it were inside its mother’s uterus – but that the same kind of violence against it now would be illegal, and unspeakable.

Harris then goes on to explain that she rationalizes the bizarreness of the situation by the “location” of the baby, whether it is “inside or outside of the woman’s body,” and “most importantly, her [the mother’s] hopes and wishes for that fetus/baby.” However, she says, “this knowledge does not change the reality that there is always violence involved in a second trimester abortion, which becomes acutely apparent at certain moments, like this one. I must add, however, that I consider declining a woman’s request for abortion also to be an act of unspeakable violence.”

Harris points out that the abortion lobby’s discomfort with “the violence and, frankly, the gruesomeness of abortion” has led to a pro-abortion discourse that she says “contradicts an enormous part of” the abortionist’s experience. While pro-abortion activists may claim abortions “don’t really look like” the graphic images often displayed by pro-life protesters, Harris notes, “to a doctor and clinic team involved in second trimester abortion, they very well may.”

Of course, acknowledging the violence of abortion risks admitting that the stereotypes that anti-abortion forces hold of us are true – that we are butchers, etc.,” she adds.

Harris also touches upon the psychological burdens second trimester abortion care lays upon its providers, including “serious emotional reactions that produced physiological symptoms, sleep disturbances (including disturbing dreams), effects on interpersonal relationships and moral anguish.

Harris tackles the “ethical and moral positions that allow for grey areas” in abortion provision by advocating the “gradualist perspective” – stating that “the respect owed to a fetus increases as pregnancy advances and the fetus becomes more like a born person.” This, she says, serves to “close the gap between pro-choice rhetoric and the reality of doing a second trimester abortion,” and “allows us to simultaneously acknowledge the value of early human life and be woman-centred, an ideal position for a second trimester provider.”

While the “gradualist” approach raises the spectre of later abortions being “more serious” than early abortions, says Harris, the concern is allayed by the fact that “women have all sorts of compelling and legitimate reasons for choosing abortion” – particularly, she says, in second trimester abortions.

Still, for Harris, there remains the problem of abortionists “caught between pro-choice discourse that, while it reflects our values, does not accurately reflect the full extent of our experience of abortion and in fact contradicts an enormous part of it, and the anti-abortion discourse and imagery that may actually be more closely aligned to our experience but is based in values we do not share.”

Harris conjectures that the needs of abortionists in this regard are not met because “frank talk like this is threatening to abortion rights.” “While some of us involved in teaching abortion routinely speak to our trainees about the aspects of care I’ve described, we don’t make a habit of speaking about it publicly. Essays like this bring the inevitable risk that comments will be misinterpreted, taken out of context and used as evidence for further abortion practice restrictions,” she writes.

We might conclude at this point that a provider who feels that abortion is violent is simply ambivalent, conflicted, is not really committed to women’s abortion rights, and just shouldn’t be doing this work,” Harris writes. “‘Pro-life’ supporters may argue that the kind of stories and sentiments I’ve relayed spell the end of abortion – that honest speech acts regarding the reality of abortion will weaken the pro-choice movement to the point where it cannot sustain itself any longer.

However, she contests the point, arguing that, rather than weakening the argument for abortion, facing abortion with “honesty” can “be the basis for a stronger movement – one that makes it easier for providers and the teams they work with to do all abortions, especially second trimester abortions.”