Abortion and adoption have something in common: many people have strong feelings on both…without knowing much about either. Let’s see if we can change that.
To become educated about abortion, you have to learn what it actually entails. That’s why Live Action has produced a series of videos illustrating the four most common abortion procedures. Featuring medical animations, they’re narrated by Dr. Anthony Levatino.
Dr. Levatino is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist who’s performed over 1,200 abortions. In the clip below, he describes a second trimester abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation, or D&E.
Levatino, who is now pro-life, explains how a preborn child gets removed from the womb.
After the amniotic fluid is removed, the abortionist uses a sopher clamp — a grasping instrument with rows of sharp “teeth” — to grasp and pull the baby’s arms and legs, tearing the limbs from the child’s body.
The abortionist continues to grasp intestines, spine, heart, lungs, and any other limbs or body parts. The most difficult part of the procedure is usually finding, grasping and crushing the baby’s head.
After removing pieces of the child’s skull, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the uterus and remove the placenta and any remaining parts of the baby.
Other videos are available at AbortionProcedures.com, as well as on Live Action’s Facebook page. That’s where you’ll also see comments from Facebook users who’ve watched the videos, including ones like this:
The user’s comment, however, is based on a false premise. Claiming that we can only keep babies out of “the system” by dismembering them isn’t just immoral—it’s also inaccurate. First off, your baby won’t end up in foster care because you’ve decided adoption is the best choice.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the median age for children entering the foster system in 2014 was 6.4. And it was typically because they were taken away from their families.
And second, not placing your child for adoption won’t help those kids: only 25 percent of children in foster care are legally eligible for adoption at a given time—the others see returning to their families or independent living as their eventual goal. Meanwhile, long lines of couples are waiting to adopt infants; there’s a website that can help you meet them.
Adoption.com allows parents who’ve already been approved by a licensed adoption agency to create a profile explaining what they have to offer. Birth moms can sort through prospective parents based on location, religious affiliation, family size, and other factors. The site also provides pregnancy-related information and first-hand accounts from women who’ve been through the adoption process.
For more information on abortion vs. adoption, and for adoption stories, check out this article.
There’s nothing “invalid” about choosing life. Even if you’re not ready to be a parent, there’s no shortage of people who are. The good news? They aren’t tough to find.