The pro-life group Live Action released four videos Wednesday that feature a former abortionist explicitly detailing how the most prevalent abortion procedures inhumanely maime the bodies of innocent unborn babies.
The videos feature former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, an obstetrician-gynocologist who conducted over 1,200 abortion procedures before he realized the immorality behind the practice, explaining in detail the step-by-step process of the four most common abortion procedures and what they actually do to an unborn baby's body.
The videos, which detail the processes of dilation and evacuation abortions, medical abortions, aspiration (suction) abortions, and third trimester induction abortions, have been posted by Live Action to a newly created website called AbortionProcedures.com.
"You have leading pro-abortion groups who say that they are pro-choice groups, like Planned Parenthood, like NARAL, who don't want to speak directly to what abortion is. They want to talk a lot about women's health but there is not a conversation really about what is involved during the abortion procedure," Live Action President Lila Rose said during a webcast Tuesday night introducing the videos.
"The power of these videos is that they speak directly to the fact of what abortion is," Rose continued. "It's a powerful tool for our movement and a powerful tool to expose it to the average American, who might not be thinking a lot about abortion or might not have had a personal encounter with the harm of abortion, but it inserts that truth of the reality of what abortion is."
Arguably one of the most appalling forms of abortions is the dilation and evacuation abortion (D&E abortion), which Levatino stated in the videos usually occur during the second trimester.
Levatino explained that with a D&E abortion, the abortionist first dilates the mother's cervix using a sterilized seaweed (laminaria) for up to 24 to 48 hours before the procedure occurs. When the mother returns to the abortion clinic, the abortionist dilates the cervix more with metal dilators and a speculum.
When the mother's cervix is dilated enough, the abortionist uses a suction catheter to drain the mother's uterus of amniotic fluid. After the fluid is drained, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp (a grasping instrument with rows of sharp "teeth") to pull and tear the baby's arms and legs off the body and out of the womb. Then the sopher clamp is used to grasp the child's body and organs. After the legs, arms and body has been removed. The sopher clamp is used to crush the baby's skull into pieces so that it can be removed from the womb more easily.
After all the body parts have been removed, a curette is used to scrape the uterus to remove any remaining body parts and the placenta. Finally, the abortionists reassembles the dead baby's body parts to make sure there isn't any body part left behind.
The website points out that there are many health risks to the mother that are associated with the procedure because of the scraping that is involved in cleaning out the uterus. The health risks include lacerations, excessive bleeding, hemorrhaging, cervical damage, uterine perforation, and scarred tissue. According to the website, one out of 25 women who have the procedure suffer infections.
Such health risks could cause pregnancy complications in the future. When a D&E abortion is done during the second trimester, it increases the risk that the mother will not be able to carry another baby to term.
Induced abortions, which are the most prevalent late-term abortion procedure since they are performed from 25 weeks of gestation to term, usually takes three or four days to complete because the babies are so large and even capable of living outside the mother's womb if the mother were to give birth prematurely.
Levatino explains that on the first day, the abortionist injects a drug called Digoxin into the baby's head, torso or heart to cause fatal cardiac arrest.
"The baby will feel it," Levatino asserted. "Babies at this stage feel pain."
After the Digoxin kills the baby, the abortionist uses laminaria to dilate the cervix to prepare for the delivery of a stillborn baby. The woman is left to carry her dead baby around for about two to four days until her cervix is dilated enough.
When the cervix is dilated enough, the women either returns to the clinic to deliver her dead baby or delivers her dead child elsewhere if she is not able to make it to the clinic. If the baby does not come out whole, an abortionist will use the D&E procedure to dig out the rest of the remaining body parts.
An aspiration suction abortion is only used during the first trimester. The abortionist dilates the mother's cervix so that he or she can use a suction catheter to "vacuum" the unborn baby out of the womb.
Although aspiration abortion might seem less barbaric than induced abortions or D&E abortions, the procedure still poses health risks to the mother since the abortionist still needs to scrape the uterus to make sure all the baby's body parts are removed. The procedure still poses risks of infection, damage to intestines, bladder, and blood vessels.
According to the website, one out of 48 who mothers who have the procedure run the risk of hemorrhaging and one in 59 get infections.
Medical abortions, which are also called chemical abortions, are abortion procedures in which the mother takes two different pills in order to cause the death and delivery of her child. The procedures are performed up to the ninth week of pregnancy.
The mother first takes the pill known as RU-486 in the abortion clinic or doctor's office. Levatino says the pill blocks a hormone produced by the mother called Progesterone, which stabilizes the lining of the uterus. The pill causes the mother's uterus to break down to cut off blood and nourishment and cause the baby to die. One to two days later, the mother takes a pill called Misoprostol, which causes contractions and blood flow to push the baby out of the womb.
The website explains that even after the baby has been pushed out, the mother can often suffer from excessive bleeding for weeks. Excessive bleeding usually lasts nine to 16 days.
One out of 12 mothers who undergo medical abortions suffer from excessive bleeding. Five to 8 percent of women who get medical abortions end up needing surgery to stop the bleeding or complete the abortion.
In her webcast, Rose said she is hopeful that the website and videos will serve as a catalyst that changes the conversation on abortion in America by showing Americans what is occurring when mothers abort their children.
Just as images in the past have inspired social reformation around issues like child labor, slavery and civil rights, Live Action's goal is that these videos will cause a social reformation calling on an end to abortion.
"We strongly believe that showing the victim and telling the story of the victim is the way to create change and create defenders for those victims to inspire the change that is necessary," Rose said. "You can look at the history of social reform, as well as studies that have been done. I think it is most compelling to look at history and see how images have been the thing to make movements."