This Is How It's Done

The procedure used for a late-term abortion — starting at 20 weeks — is called Dilation and Evacuation, otherwise known as D&E. It is brutal, even barbaric. But don't take my word for it. Ask Dr. Anthony Levantino. Congress did. Dr. Levantino is a former abortionist who now is pro-life (see (The Record). He testified before a Congressional committee earlier this year in support of a House bill that would end abortion after 20 weeks (and which passed during the summer). In his testimony, he described the procedure in heartbreaking, stomach-churning detail:

With suction complete, look for your Sopher clamp. This instrument is about thirteen inches long and made of stainless steel. At the business 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. ... 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. ...

So, that's how it's done. Conscience, anyone?

If that's not enough detail, here's video of more Congressional committee testimony:

"You can then extract the skull pieces. Many times a little face may come out and stare back at you. Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a second-trimester Suction D&E abortion."

John Jalsevac has more about Dr. Levantino, and a full testimony transcript, at I can't add much more. About all one can say is that after reading and hearing how D&E abortions are done, this saying all the more relevant. It also makes it's goal all the more imperative: