Torres' remarks sparked an expected and immediate backlash among pro-life voices on Twitter. David Daleiden, whose Center For Medical Progress recorded several controversial undercover videos of abortionists casually talking over dinner about crushing babies’ heads, joking about babies’ eyeballs falling out, and discussing dismembering of unborn babies, admitted that Utah abortionists, like Torres, were the only ones who "scared him":
CMP didn't end up doing an undercover site visit of @ppacutah in part because their abortion doctors were the only ones who actually scared me. Thanks @LeahNTorres for the very honest reminder. #PPSellsBabyParts #ShutThemDown https://t.co/fxy4u9d6ww— David Daleiden (@daviddaleiden) March 14, 2018
Obianuju Ekeocha, an African pro-life activist, urged Christians to pray for Torres and others entrenched in the abortion industry to have a change of heart:
While the abortion industry tries to sanitize the brutal business of slaughtering unborn babies, this abortionist comes out every now and again to reveal the intense darkness at the core of abortion. We pray that one day she will have a change of heart. pic.twitter.com/oETIlIlPQp— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) March 14, 2018
Torres eventually deleted her tweet at the request of a friend who had invited her to a dialoguing event between pro-choice and pro-life activists in Australia. However, Torres blamed the massive pro-life backlash to her incredibly disturbing and callous remarks, rather than the tone or nature of the remarks themselves, for the "inhibition of progress" in that dialogue.
Yes, I deleted the post.— Leah Torres, MD (@LeahNTorres) March 15, 2018
My friend asked me to. See, the thing is, she is trying to open dialogue between "pro-life" and "pro-choice" here in Australia, for the greater good of reproductive health.
Folks allowed the post to inhibit progress, so, it's off my feed.
Still, the emboldening effects of Torres' original tweet can be glimpsed among the comments from her followers who insist that "a fetus ISN'T a baby", and "I don't care if fetuses can scream, tap dance, or tweet, if it's in MY body, putting my life at risk, I say what goes."