….and for a few details on one of the few things that Barack Obama supported enthusiastically as a state senator, and still wholeheartedly supports….
…. and, yes, there is also a Cuba angle…..
Former abortionist urges Congress to outlaw late-term abortions
Dr. Anthony Levatino is a pro-life physician from New Mexico but, before having a change of heart on the issue of abortion he was an OBGYN who also performed abortions.
Levatino did as many as 1,200 abortions — some of them after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Then, after his daughter died in a tragic automobile accident, he re-evaluated his position on abortion and stopped performing them.
Today, Dr. Levatino told members of a Congressional committee that they should support a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks that would ban abortions nationwide aft 20 weeks of pregnancy.
His testimony is not for the faint of heart. And the worst thing about it is that the procedure he describes — which is routinely carried out — is far more horrific than Dr. Gosnell’s “snipping” murders.
Since no agency in the USA keeps track of late term abortions, no one really knows how many are actually carried out. Conservative estimates place the number at 10,700 a year, or 30 each and every day.
Aside from graphically describing the unimaginable cruelty of late-term abortions, Dr. Levatino also argued that in this day and age, when a mother’s life is endangered by a pregnancy, a late-term abortion is far less safe a procedure than a c-section live birth. Arguing for late-term abortions as a means of ensuring the survival of mothers-at-risk, argues Levatino, is totally wrong from a strictly medical perspective.
Readers of Babalu do not need to be reminded that according to Cuban government statistics, 60.2 percent of all pregnancies on the island end in abortion. This is the highest number of any nation in the Western Hemisphere. And many of these abortions are carried out after the twentieth week of gestation.
The negative effect of this monstrous imbalance in conceptions and live births on the rapidly aging population of Castrogonia is so immense, that it led Fidel Castro in 2005 to plead with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone, to involve the Catholic Church in Cuba in an anti-abortion campaign. (This reversal in government policy and the Church’s lame attempts had no effect on stemming the tide of abortions in Castrogonia). That story can be found HERE.
The entire transcript is worth reading, and is available at LifeNews.com ….. or watch the video above …. Here is the worst of it:
Imagine if you can that you are a pro-choice obstetrician/gynecologist like I once was. Your patient today is 24 weeks pregnant. At twenty-four weeks from last menstrual period, her uterus is two finger-breadths above the umbilicus.
If you could see her baby, which is quite easy on an ultrasound, she would be as long as your hand plus a half from the top of her head to the bottom of her rump not counting the legs. Your patient has been feeling her baby kick for the last 2 months or more but now she is asleep on an operating room table and you are there to help her with her problem pregnancy.
The first task is remove the laminaria that had earlier been placed in the cervix to dilate it sufficiently to allow the procedure you are about to perform. With that accomplished, direct your attention to the surgical instruments arranged on a small table to your right. The first instrument you reach for is a 14-French suction catheter. It is clear plastic and about nine inches long. It has a bore through the center approximately ¾ of an inch in diameter.Picture yourself introducing this catheter through the cervix and instructing the circulating nurse to turn on the suction machine which is connected through clear plastic tubing to the catheter. What you will see is a pale yellow fluid that looks a lot like urine coming through the catheter into a glass bottle on the suction machine. This is the amniotic fluid that surrounded the baby to protect her.
With suction complete, look for your Sopher clamp. This instrument is about thirteen inches long and made of stainless steel. At the end are located jaws about 2 ½ inches long and about ¾ of an inch wide with rows of sharp ridges or teeth. This instrument is for grasping and crushing tissue. When it gets hold of something, it does not let go. A second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can.
At twenty-four weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard–really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about six inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.
The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a large plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush d own on the clamp and see white gelatinous material coming through the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. Many times a little face will come out and stare back at you.
Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a second trimester Suction D&E abortion. You just affirmed her right to choose.
If you refuse to believe that this procedure inflicts severe pain on that unborn child, please think again.