Last weekend, the BBC interviewed Vicki Bloom, a New York City woman from The Doula Project, who bragged about assisting over 2,000 mothers to undergo abortions. The so-called "abortion doula" even stunningly admits that many of the women she's "helped" have told her that they wanted to keep their child, but felt they couldn't for economic or other reasoning.
A doula is someone who is trained in assisting women through childbirth and sometimes provides support to the family after the baby is born. But at The Doula Project, a nonprofit founded in 2007 which targets low-income and marginalized women, all doulas must be willing to assist mothers seeking an abortion.
Bloom says helping women, even reluctant ones, kill their unborn children is "most rewarding."
"Making a deep connection, making a difference - and then letting it go - is super-powerful," she told the BBC.
Bloom assists with abortions up to 24 weeks, as far along as a woman can legally obtain the procedure in New York. "I will stand up by their head and be looking into that person’s eyes, ready for whatever they need, while the doctor is doing the procedure," she explained.
Many of the women she attends to speak of their other children, revealed Bloom, noting, "Some people may want to talk about how they take care of their kids to get reassurance that they are a good parent and a good person."
The 50-year-old admitted that many women are conflicted and explicitly tell her they want to keep their children but feel they cannot due to their circumstances, economic or otherwise.
"I really wanted this baby but I don't have enough money," Bloom says she frequently hears, as well as "I feel so sad about this but taking care of my two kids right now is enough."
Instead of helping these women overcome their circumstances so they can keep the children they want, which many pro-life organizations do, Bloom instead guides these desperate mothers as they go through the fatal procedure.
"We think women deserve good care and support however their pregnancy proceeds – whether it results in birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal anomaly or abortion," boasts Bloom.
"I was a science geek, so I came away knowing a lot more about the biology of pregnancy, but also came out feeling very strongly that women should be able to safely do what they need to take care of themselves, without other people or the government interfering," the "abortion doula" explained with regard to arriving at her pro-abortion position.