The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday examining the abortion procedures and medical ethics at Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain.
The hearing featured testimonies from former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino; former Planned Parenthood manager, Sue Thayer; and Luana Stoltenberg, who suffers from trauma and infertility as a result of her abortion at Planned Parenthood.
During the hearing, Dr. Levatino shared grisly details about second trimester D&E abortion procedures, which he described as a “blind procedure.”
“With a D&E abortion— dismemberment abortion, if you wish— there is no chance of a live birth at all,” Levatino said.
“Congratulations! You just performed a D&E abortion. You just affirmed your right to choose.”Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, describes the violence of abortion in this moving testimony before Congress. Watch as Dr. Levatino shares what really happens during a D&E abortion procedure, as he pairs his testimony with an investigation from Live Action.
Posted by Lila Rose on Friday, October 9, 2015
Levatino describes how the abortionist reaches inside the mother’s womb with a clamp and pulls out parts of the child with force. D&E abortion procedures violently tear a preborn child apart limb from torso, and the child bleeds to death in utero.
“Reach in again, pull again,” he described, “and pull out an arm…Sometimes a little face comes out and stares at you.”
Levatino stated powerfully: “Congratulations! You just performed a D&E abortion. You just affirmed your right to choose.”
Levatino, who committed over 1,200 abortions, showed attendees a video by Live Action, documenting the horror that is America’s abortion industry. The video reveals grisly details about the inhuman late-term abortion practices and procedures by abortionists and staffers.
A complete description of a D&E abortion procedure by Dr. Levatino can be found here, and is as follows:
Imagine for a moment that you are a “pro-choice” obstetrician-gynecologist as I once was. Your patient today is seventeen years old and she is twenty weeks pregnant. At twenty weeks, her uterus is up to her umbilicus and she has been feeling her baby kick for the last two weeks. If you could see her baby, she would be as long as your hand from the top of her head to the bottom of her rump not counting the legs. Your patient is now asleep on an operating room table with her legs in stirrups. Upon entering the room after scrubbing, you dry your hands with a sterile towel and are gowned and gloved by the scrub nurse.
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 the 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 the looks a lot like urine coming through the catheter into a glass bottle on the suction machine. This amniotic fluid 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 one end are located jaws about 2 ½ inches long and about ¾ on 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 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 4 to 5 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 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 down on the clamp and see a pure white gelatinous material issue from the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. If you have a really bad day like I often did, a little face may come out and stare back at you.
Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a Suction D&E abortion. You just affirmed her right to choose. You just made $600 cash in fifteen minutes.
The hearing comes in response to undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood profiteering from the sale of baby parts. Ten videos from The Center for Medical Progress expose top-level Planned Parenthood executives discussing their role in the trafficking of fetal body parts, manipulating the abortion procedure in order to obtain intact organs, and performing what appears to be illegal partial-birth abortion procedures.
The hearing called into question the abortion practices that are ubiquitous across the industry. In the wake of the undercover videos, multiple investigations into the abortion giant were launched at the federal and state levels. Five states have moved to defund Planned Parenthood, and the abortion business’ over $500 million in annual taxpayer funding has been examined with intense scrutiny.
Lawmakers have called for a redirection of taxpayer funding from the group in light of lawbreaking and scandal, noting that women would be better served if its public funding is placed into health clinics that provide comprehensive services for women and their families.