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  posted on 5/26/2013 at 08:08 AM
This describes the barbaric butchery of human beings who can't defend themselves, who can't even run and hide.

If anyone did these procedures to an animal he'd go to jail
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Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/23/13 12:52 PM

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 doing abortions.

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.

Levatino’s full testimony before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice appears below:

Chairman Franks and distinguished members of the subcommittee, my name is Anthony Levatino. I am a board-certified obstetrician gynecologist. I received my medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY in 1976 and completed my OB-GYN residency training at Albany Medical Center in 1980.

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The Suction D&E procedure offered clear advantages over older installation methods. The procedure was much quicker and never ran the risk of a live birth. Understand that my partner and I were not running an abortion clinic. We practiced general obstetrics and gynecology but abortion was definitely part of that practice. Relatively few gynecologists in upstate NY would perform such a procedure and we saw an opportunity to expand our abortion practice.

I performed first trimester suction D&C abortions in my office up to 10 weeks from last menstrual period and later procedures in an outpatient hospital setting. From 1981 through February 1985, I performed approximately 1200 abortions. Over 100 of them were second trimester Suction D&E procedures up to 24 weeks gestation.

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.

Before I close, I want to make a comment on the necessity and usefulness of utilizing second and third trimester abortion to save women’s lives. I often hear the argument that we must keep abortion legal in order to save women’s lives in cases of life threatening conditions that can and do arise in pregnancy.

Albany Medical Center where I worked for over seven years is a tertiary referral center that accepts patients with life threatening conditions related to or caused by pregnancy. I personally treated hundreds of women with such conditions in my tenure there. There are several conditions that can arise or worsen typically during the late second or third trimester of pregnancy that require immediate care. In many of those cases, ending or “terminating” the pregnancy, if you prefer, can be life saving. But is abortion a viable treatment option in this setting? I maintain that it usually, if not always, is not.
Source: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/23/doctor-who-did-1200-abortions-tells-cong ress-to-ban-them/

Do you still think abortion is acceptable?

Billastro

 

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  posted on 5/26/2013 at 01:19 PM
A man posting an article about a man testifying in front of an all men panel about women's reproductive rights. Perfect.

 

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  posted on 5/26/2013 at 04:41 PM
Yes....It's a legal medical procedure......As far as who does it...a licensed medical professional. Who makes the decision....the Mother....end of subject

 

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  posted on 5/26/2013 at 06:28 PM
Sex education should be taught to kids at a younger age and the morning after pill should be available to anyone who needs it. There will always be women seeking abortions , keep it regulated, safe and legal and out of the back alleys.

 

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  posted on 5/26/2013 at 08:35 PM
Regardless of who starts a controversial thread, I can always count on a stalwart few to provide the usual stale cliches, both in word and in thought.

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  posted on 5/26/2013 at 10:02 PM
Truth is truth even if it is a 'stale cliche.' And exactly what was the point of posting the article anyway? Is it supposed to change anyone's mind? Or is it to make yet another 'stale' point that hasn't been made ad nauseum?

 

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  posted on 5/27/2013 at 12:38 AM
Frederica Mathewes-Green:

"No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg."

 

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Regardless of who starts a controversial thread, I can always count on a stalwart few to provide the usual stale cliches, both in word and in thought.

Billastro


And the next time you start a thread that isn't taken directly from the boiler plate bible thumping play book, it will be the first.

 

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Regardless of who starts a controversial thread, I can always count on a stalwart few to provide the usual stale cliches, both in word and in thought.

Billastro
And the next time you start a thread that isn't taken directly from the boiler plate bible thumping play book, it will be the first.
Sorry to hear you're such a bigot. I'm not surprised -- it seems to go with the territory.

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Regardless of who starts a controversial thread, I can always count on a stalwart few to provide the usual stale cliches, both in word and in thought.

Billastro
And the next time you start a thread that isn't taken directly from the boiler plate bible thumping play book, it will be the first.
Sorry to hear you're such a bigot. I'm not surprised -- it seems to go with the territory.

Billastro


We're all sorry you have anal craniel inversion syndrome

 

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Regardless of who starts a controversial thread, I can always count on a stalwart few to provide the usual stale cliches, both in word and in thought.

Billastro
And the next time you start a thread that isn't taken directly from the boiler plate bible thumping play book, it will be the first.
Sorry to hear you're such a bigot. I'm not surprised -- it seems to go with the territory.

Billastro


Once again throwing around words that weren't even mentioned or implied in a response. Wait for it folks.....the 'victim' is about to show up shortly. Oh wait....I think martyr would be a more appropriate word.

 

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I can always count on a stalwart few to provide the usual stale cliches, both in word and in thought.

Billastro


If it wasn't for them, you wouldn't have any responses at all, troll. Worse yet, an abortion troll, how gross is that. Too bad you don't have Deano to illustrate your threads for you.




 

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The world is full of people who don't get that what they feel and what really is the truth are far apart. Especially religious zealots who take a book written by man, changed multiple time to fit an ideology as truth.

 

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  posted on 5/27/2013 at 01:14 PM

Yep. Maybe we should just get the whole thing over with and just start burning witches again. You know, in for a dime, in for a dollar. Great family entertainment, cheap, wholesome. Best part is we could all just stop thinking, save us some headaches.

 

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Hey billassol!, long live roe vs. wade




 

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Regardless of who starts a controversial thread, I can always count on a stalwart few to provide the usual stale cliches, both in word and in thought.

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And the next time you start a thread that isn't taken directly from the boiler plate bible thumping play book, it will be the first.
Sorry to hear you're such a bigot. I'm not surprised -- it seems to go with the territory.

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I'm a bigot but I'm an equal opportunity bigot when it comes to all religions. They all pretty much suck donkey balls.

 

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Regardless of who starts a controversial thread, I can always count on a stalwart few to provide the usual stale cliches, both in word and in thought.

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And the next time you start a thread that isn't taken directly from the boiler plate bible thumping play book, it will be the first.
Sorry to hear you're such a bigot. I'm not surprised -- it seems to go with the territory.

Billastro


I'm a bigot but I'm an equal opportunity bigot when it comes to all religions. They all pretty much suck donkey balls but your specific brand is particularly egregious.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2013 at 12:14 PM
This subject will never be solved to everyone's satisfaction. That said, it would be far less contentious if we had a legal definition of when life starts. Not that such a definition would be any less of a hot potato, but it would at least provide an anchor point for everything else.

Even though my distaste for gov't intervention on personal matters means that I feel they should have no control over decisions about your own body, at some point that fetus is a viable living creature and should be accorded protection. Defining that point would seem to be more productive than facing off on whether abortion should even exist or not.

 

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Today science has progressed to the point where premature babies are surviving at earlier gestations periods than before so the definition of 'life' seems to be evolving. But I'm comfortable with the definition that life begins when the fetus is able to live outside the womb. If a fetus is viable, then to me, it becomes a baby and shouldn't be aborted. As mentioned before, Roe gives the cut off points for elective abortions at 26 weeks.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2013 at 03:25 PM
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Do you still think abortion is acceptable?


Surround yourself with people who choose not to have this procedure. Otherwise, it's not really any of your business.

 

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Surround yourself with people who choose not to have this procedure. Otherwise, it's not really any of your business.



What Vince said, X3!!

 

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Surround yourself with people who choose not to have this procedure. Otherwise, it's not really any of your business.



What Vince said, X3!!


Add me to that sentiment please!

 

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  posted on 6/1/2013 at 07:14 PM
Sale cliché's are the fact that we keep responding to these threads.We get it your against abortion.
 

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  posted on 6/2/2013 at 07:12 AM
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We get it, you're against abortion.


If there is anywhere on the net where beating a dead horse is par for the course...............

 

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  posted on 6/2/2013 at 12:50 PM

So, Billastro, since you are so against choice, please tell us, do you personally have any friends or relatives who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy? I don't mean people you could care less about, I mean people you know and respect.

Now, if so, answer this: If you had your way, and were dictator of the universe, how would you reward these people for having done this?

No dodging the question by saying forgiveness and amnesty for those who have done it so far, and punishment from now on. What corrective action would you recommend, if you had the law exactly your way, and a friend or relative decided to have an abortion?

 
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