He performed 1,200 abortions. In new viral video, he wants you to see what abortion really looks like
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February 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Lila Rose believes if Americans had to face the reality of abortion, they would become pro-life overnight. She announced last night that she has teamed up with former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino to launch a new website bringing the medical facts of how abortions take place to every American.
AbortionProcedures.com, which went online this morning, is precisely what it says it is. The new website features Dr. Levatino, who has performed more than 1,200 abortions, describing the most common methods of abortion as each one is depicted in animation.
“These videos were peer reviewed by doctors and medical professionals,” Lila Rose told LifeSiteNews during a call last night.
Each of the videos lasts three to four minutes and details the facts of the procedure and the medical risks associated with them.
There are no graphic photographs of bloody babies; all the videos consist solely of animation. Dr. Levatino's descriptions contain little emotional fodder. His delivery is matter-of-fact, bordering on antiseptic, as he calmly describes mothers flushing their children down toilets after taking RU-486.
“The woman will often sit on a toilet as she prepares to expel the child, which she will then flush," he says in the video on medical abortion, discussing the use of the abortion pill during the first seven weeks of pregnancy. "She may even see her dead baby within the pregnancy sac...and if she looks carefully, she might be able to count the fingers and toes.”
In all, he describes four methods of abortion:
Medical abortion - the use of RU-486 during the earliest stages of pregnancy;
Aspiration (suction) abortion - the most common form of abortion, used during the first 12 weeks, especially 6-12 weeks of pregnancy;
Dismemberment (dilation and extraction, or D&E) abortion - the most common form of abortion during the second trimester, in which the child is torn apart one limb at a time. Dr. Levatino practiced this method up to 24 weeks, although he said it is sometimes performed later; and
Induction abortion - the method used during the third trimester, in which the child is injected with Digoxin, then delivered stillborn - or occasionally, alive.
“All of these procedures are legal in this country," Rose told LifeSiteNews. "In today's political climate...we have political leaders who advocate for abortion up through all nine months” of pregnancy.
And the abortion industry - and its favored political candidates - want to force Americans to pay for these procedures. “Some of the leading politicians today, including politicians in the 2016 race, want to repeal the Hyde Amendment,” the law signed by President Jimmy Carter that forbids federal funding from directly subsidizing most abortions, Rose told LifeSiteNews. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have said they favor taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy, the official position of the 2012 Democratic Party platform.
There are also several interview segments with Dr. Levatino describing his transformation from a late-term abortionist to a pro-life advocate who has testified about his trade before Congress. "I came to realize that killing a baby at any stage is wrong," he says. "I want you to know today, no matter where you're at or what you've done, you can change."
Although the website eschews the use of gore or "graphic images," Rose said she believes depictions of aborted children can help end abortion, something she likens to the abolitionist movement's use of images of overstuffed ships crossing raging seas during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
"We think it will have an impact on elections," Rose told LifeSiteNews.
“From our nine years of undercover investigations, Live Action has discovered that abortionists frequently lie to women about how developed their babies are, the brutality abortion inflicts on preborn children, and the risks abortion procedures pose to women's health and safety,” she said. “No one knows more about these lies – or how to unmask them – than an abortionist.”