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Teen sign language interpreter at Planned Parenthood asked to interpret an abortion – Her heartbreaking testimony

I was eighteen when I took a job as a sign language interpreter at Planned Parenthood. I was raised Roman Catholic, but I was Catholic in the same way that Olive Garden is an authentic Italian restaurant: just because you throw some fancy words on the menu doesn’t make it genuine. For me, abortion was not a choice that I would make personally, but the way I saw it, who was I to judge another woman for having one? I didn’t know her life. I didn’t know her circumstances, and I had prided myself my whole life on not judging people without knowing their full story.

A deaf friend referred me to the job opening at a Boston clinic, and it paid well. I averaged about $100 an hour for my services! That’s all it was to me, a job to make money for my upcoming college tuition. I didn’t work often, maybe one or two days a week, and traveled around to the Boston-area clinics when needed. For the most part, I interpreted for women seeking counseling, getting prescriptions for birth control, or just getting general information about sexual health. It all seemed innocent enough.

Deep down, however, I must have known I was doing something wrong. I told people I worked for a “family services counseling center.” I figured that wasn’t completely a lie. The trouble was, most people took that to mean that I was going into the world and doing good: interpreting for families living in poverty, or families who were trying to keep themselves together. Despite the fact that Planned Parenthood offered all kinds of services, in the back of my mind I knew that at the root of it they really were just an abortion clinic.

The worst day of my life—and an anniversary I never forget when it comes every year—is Thursday, November 1, 2012. I was called in to interpret for a “medical procedure.” I arrived early, and chatted with the receptionist as I did every day. I grabbed a cup of coffee and waited for the client to arrive. While I waited, I went over her file. I’ll call her Kate. She was twenty-three and had been deaf since birth. Kate estimated that she was about eighteen weeks pregnant.

At 10:30 sharp, we entered the operating room. That’s when my stomach started to turn. Previously, when I’d read “medical procedure,” it had been for ultrasounds. But this was different – we were in an OR. The lights were too bright for the size of the room. There were cold-looking metal objects on a table. I was in an abortion.

I tried to remain calm. I interpreted back and forth, but when the murder began, I lost it. As I watched the doctor pull this life out, limb by limb, I couldn’t help but let the tears start to fall. What I had thought would be just lumps of blood clots were body parts. Arms, a torso, legs, and a head. I felt as if I was suffocating. As soon as it was over, I ran from the room. I collapsed in the hallway and sobbed uncontrollably. To this day, I haven’t cried like that since. A security guard rushed me into his office. I realize now that it was probably not to console me, but because I was scaring the patients.

I quit my job that afternoon. I went into the manager’s office and signed my papers. Abortion was not a strong enough word for what I had witnessed. Murder wasn’t even good enough a word. To me, murder implied that the person might have been capable of fighting back. No, this was a slaughter.

I don’t think I will ever fully recover from what I saw that day. A human life, a BABY, had been ripped from its mother’s body, piece by piece. It is the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I think of before I go to bed. I still have nightmares about it sometimes. Whenever I see a child around two, I imagine that that is how old the aborted baby would be now. I can’t help but wonder who that baby would have become. Maybe she would have been an artist. Maybe he would have dreamed of being a firefighter. Maybe she would have gone on to become a doctor who saved lives; maybe he would have become a teacher.

With counseling, I have come to accept that God forgives me for the act that I was a part of, but I am still working on forgiving myself. The only thing that consoles me on the nights that it keeps me up is knowing that that baby is now in Heaven, enjoying Eternal Life. After what this world put it through, I think that’s a good place to be.

-Hope, 21

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7 Comments

  1. Posted August 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Each morning I pray,this prayer.JESUS,MARY,JOSEPH.i love you very much,I beg you to spare the life of the baby
    who is in danger of abortion this day
    This is true,said it for years
    don’t know how many babies
    Saved

  2. myla
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    You are a very brave woman, Hope, to have gone away from there as soon as you knew. I know you feel ruined by what you have seen. But God allowed it to happen for a reason. He wants you to use it to fight back. Convert your grief into passion to save babies. Then after you’ve saved one, you will be able to forgive yourself. The best thing is, after you’ve saved more, you are then able to pray for the mothers and those that advocate abortion. Make this your strength and God will bless you the rest of your days. I hope to see you back in church, Hope <3.

  3. Barbie
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    You poor child. I find many of the young children your age have been numbed to this issue as much of society has too. But, truth has a way of setting us free. You witnessed the truth, and now you are FREE of all the lies that entails what is truly behind Planned Parenthood. If you can find it, I would suggest you read the books written by Margaret Sanger. I say, if you can find it. Planned Parenthood (The Abortion Control League) was started to rid our society of minorities (non-Caucasians) She actually wrote the reason they wanted inner city clinics was to make their services easily available to the black population. These are “written” evidences that have NOT been allowed to frame the conversation or define the issue. Your definition of “slaughter” is truth. Unless more hear the truth, this slaughter will not end. Bless you as God uses this one life taken as his purpose to get one life, “yours” to understand this truth and become a spokesperson for HIM. In knowing this, know that that one life, known to him down to the very hair on that child, did not live in vain for 18 weeks. For God knows that plans that he has for you through it, plans for a future and hope for others….Bless you and you work through this trauma. KNOW that eternal life is more alive than our life here on earth.

  4. Catherine Robertson
    Posted August 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing. I wish every Catholic girl who thinks (as you did) could read your post. So many many are caught into the wishful thinking that Abortion is no big deal . May you find healing from your memories and all women who have chosen Abortion seek and find forgiveness and healing for the pain they experience.

  5. Sara
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    As an 18 year old at the time, did you have your RID Certification to be an Interpreter for the Deaf? How did you obtain your Sign Language Skills? If you were uncertified at the time, did you notify Planned Parenthood that you are not legally bound to the RID Code of Conduct because you were uncertified? Did you notify them that your lack of Certification places the Deaf client at risk? If you were part of a Certification program, you would have learned about establishing personal boundaries and would have gained the maturity necessary to realize you needed to step out of the situation because there was a conflict of interest. Your lack of knowledge about the interpreting process and Code of Conduct, resulted in you being in a situation that conflicted with your own personal beliefs. If you were a Certified Interpreter, this situation you experienced most likely would have been avoided because you would have exercised your right to a replacement interpreter. This is why it is crucial that only Certified Interpreter’s interpret for the Deaf Community.

    I do hope you have earned your Certification as an Interpreter for the Deaf and I hope that you do not continue Interpreting without a Certification.

    Check out this link in order to understand the requirements to become a Certified Interpreter:
    http://education-portal.com/directory/category/Communications_and_Journalism/American_Sign_Language_-_ASL/Sign_Language_Interpretation.html

    In particularly, please look at the requirements to become a Certified Medical Interpreter for the Deaf so you do not put any Deaf patients at risk due to your lack of skills.

    • Marcie
      Posted August 31, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Sara,

      Seriously? You are worried about whether or not she was certified? Her certification has absolutely nothing to do with her testimony. She wrote this to inform others of the atrocities of abortion and to let people know that abortion IS murder. She may have been a Certified Medical Interpreter for the Deaf; you don’t know. Focus on the testimony, not her qualifications.

      Hope,

      I am so sorry you had to go through something so horrifying, but praise God he is using you to inform others. I prayed for you and for Sara also.

    • DarkCougar555
      Posted December 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

      *** SARA: [As an 18 year old at the time, did you have your RID Certification to be an Interpreter for the Deaf? How did you obtain your Sign Language Skills?] ***

      — — —

      Hello Sara. I’m Jessie Bee. Yeah, I can see why you can doubt her because of her age and it’s little information on her signing skills. Okay, at first, I have to admit that I did doubt her story just because of Hope’s age. I did research on the legal age for ASL interpreters, and it turned out that you can enter a college at 18, anyways. But, it still requires you to have proper diplomas and certifications, which is why she was planning to go to college. Noted, it seems that it’s pretty clear that Hope knows ASL. So, it’s no surprise that being 18 years old can be fluent in a language. I repeated, she stated that her former job did make well money enough to pay her college tuition. I’ll address about her job history on Planned Parenthood. See next the part, below.

      [HOPE: “A deaf friend referred me to the job opening at a Boston clinic, and it paid well. I averaged about $100 an hour for my services! That’s all it was to me, a job to make money for my upcoming college tuition.”]

      Hope already stated that she traveled to those different Boston clinics for just interpreting. Hope herself said: //“A deaf friend referred me to the job opening at a Boston clinic, and it paid well. […] I didn’t work often, maybe one or two days a week, and traveled around to the *Boston-area clinics* when needed. For the most part, I interpreted for women seeking counseling, getting prescriptions for birth control, or just getting general information about sexual health. It all seemed innocent enough.”//

      Abortion or woman’s health clinics do have their high salary.[1] Roughly, it’s average of 100 thousands to 40 thousands dollars per hour, that depends on locations. So, I don’t think she did make up about her work, but she already stated that she was /going to college/. So, it makes sense that you can make a plenty of money enough to pay your college tuition(s). She may obtain her certification(s) and her degrees soon, considering she’s now almost 23 and is probably still in a college. It would be nice to get an update from her…

      — — —

      *** SARA: [“If you were part of a Certification program, you would have learned about establishing personal boundaries and would have gained the maturity necessary to realize you needed to step out of the situation because there was a conflict of interest. Your lack of knowledge about the interpreting process and Code of Conduct, resulted in you being in a situation that conflicted with your own personal beliefs. If you were a Certified Interpreter, this situation you experienced most likely would have been avoided because you would have exercised your right to a replacement interpreter. This is why it is crucial that only Certified Interpreter’s interpret for the Deaf Community.”]

      I had looked in the link you provided, but it said nothing about lining out personal boundaries or conflict of interest. Basically, it’s just about requirement on degrees and certifications. I can’t find anything. Please can you show me where the link had stated about lining out personal interests or boundaries? Thanks~ But, I’m going to address why Hope was upset because of there was a such gore in the room.

      [HOPE: “Kate estimated that she was about eighteen weeks pregnant.”]

      What Hope described is definitely D&E abortion. In the medical site, pro-choice WedMD[2], they explained: “Dilation and evacuation (D&E) is done in the second 12 weeks (second trimester of pregnancy). It usually includes a combination of vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage (D&C), and the use of surgical instruments (such as forceps). […] The uterine tissue removed during the D&E is examined to make sure that all of the tissue was removed and the abortion is complete. Doctors may use ultrasound during the D&E procedure to confirm that all of the tissue has been removed and the pregnancy has ended.”[2]

      Remember, the person was 18 weeks pregnant? That means the fetus’ size is five and half inches (roughly same as bell pepper). The fetus already had nir well formed arms and legs except nir organs were still developing. (If you believe 20 weeks fetus has just a head and no limbs, then I don’t know what to tell you.) So, WebMD didn’t say they can remove an entire body at once a time, which is why it needs to take [thirty minutes] time to finish the abortion. They have to use surgical instruments to cut a piece by piece of the fetus body… So, I don’t think Hope did make up her testimony.

      Frankly, it was hell of gore in that room. I don’t think it’s matter of a conflict of interest but it’s rather reality of what it look like in the second term… so, how would she know? She /had/ to interpret for Kate when Hope /had/ to see what’s going on… Hope stated that she thought it’s just family services and counseling, but she was not prepared for, well, witnessing the killing of the fetus. Do you aware that interpreters actually have a right to leave a room or building if he or she feel uncomfortable with what’s going on. It’s not just abortion or general situations… He or she is not forced to stay in the room. No laws said a such thing… Yeah, Hope could have just leave the room but the gore was too much for her. Honestly, you can’t expect interpreters can handle a such gruesome situation.

      I don’t think that Hope is only one who experienced that such issue. I am sure that there are few or some interpreters had similar issues with witnessing actual abortions… Well, it’s no surprise that it’s inevitable that patients want an abortion, and it’s an interpreter’s job to just interpret verbal words for them, right? So, no, I don’t believe that Hope did put Deaf patients at risk when there //are// a plenty of ASL interpreters.

      Sources:
      [1] http://www.salarylist.com/company/Planned-Parenthood-Salary.htm
      [2] http://www.webmd.com/women/dilation-and-evacuation-de-for-abortion

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