NEW YORK — An article published Wednesday in VICE outlines a reporter’s participation in a “Papaya workshop” at a New York bookstore in which an abortionist had attendees perform an “abortion” on a papaya to educate the public and “destigmatize” first-trimester procedural abortions.
An estimated 12 people attended Monday’s workshop at Verso Books in Brooklyn, which was presented by the group NYC for Abortion Rights. Abortionist Zoey Thill led the class.
She used a papaya to represent a uterus with a baby approximately 10 weeks gestation inside.
“The narrow part of the papaya, where the stem would be, is like the cervix, she said. The broader portion of the papaya is like the upper area of the uterus known as the fundus — and it’s that part we would want to avoid puncturing with our tools when, in just a few minutes, we would practice performing an aspiration abortion on our own papayas,” the article, written by Marie Solis, explained.
Thill had the participants stand at a table, where she had lined up papayas on surgical pads, along with various tools. She then demonstrated to the group how to perform an abortion on the papaya, dilating the “cervix” and using a manual vacuum aspirator to suck out the contents — seeds that represent the “contents” of the womb, including the baby.
“This is a really [expletive] good one,” Thill said of her own papaya abortion.
The class then paired up to perform their own mock abortion on the tropical fruit, becoming excited with the successful extraction of seeds.
“It’s even more satisfying when it’s a real abortion,” Thill remarked, but later noted, ““I just want to be clear that when you leave here you won’t be competent at providing abortions, so don’t go [expletive] crazy.”
She told Solis that the purpose of the workshop isn’t so mothers can self-perform abortions, but to show women how they are performed and to counter the stigma.
The more I can minimize the way we think of this as a ‘dangerous’ procedure, the more people will have better abortion experiences,” Thill stated.
Earlier this month, a video was posted to social media showed former abortionist Jen Moore Conrow — wearing a t-shirt that read “abortion” several times down the front — demonstrating a first-trimester abortion on a small watermelon at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia. It generated various reactions, but largely disgust.
“Why not show footage of an actual abortion? Oh yeah, that would be revolting. So, let’s work with a piece of fruit. How disingenuous!” one commenter wrote.
“It’s funny that they use a watermelon. Just show a video of the real thing … and then find out how supportive they will still be. Especially, after seeing the fully developed body parts. Ridiculous,” another remarked.
“My heart hurts. To say this is disgusting and appalling is an understatement,” a third lamented. “This is not healthcare, period. And for this monster of a lady to smile at this representation of an 8-week-old baby is just sick! Lord, please open their eyes.”
As previously reported, in early America, Christians were staunchly against abortion, seeing the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16-17) and the discontinuance of a life created and given by God as murder.
Psalm 139:16 says of God’s eyes beholding the unborn, “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect, and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
In his 1869 sermon entitled “Ante-Natal Infanticide,” E. Frank Howe, the pastor of the Congregational Church of Terre Haute, Indiana, said, “[I]t makes no matter that the victim cannot stretch out its hands in defense … It matters not that it … can utter no cry of pain or reproach. The sacred gift of human life is taken — is deliberately taken, and this constitutes the crime, and that crime is murder.”
He lamented that “men and women place their own ease and pleasure above God’s law” and that “public opinion is so corrupted there is no voice of reproach,” forthrightly declaring, “Put what face upon it the community will, disguise it under whatever name you please, you can make no more or less of it than simple murder.”