Friday, August 17, 2012

Video: Doctor describes second-trimester abortion procedure

This is congressional testimony earlier this year from Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed more than 1,200 abortions (and hundreds more during his medical training). He describes how the most common second-trimester abortion procedure -- dilation and evacuation, or D&E -- is performed. A medically-accurate diagram of the procedure can be viewed here.

Dr. Levatino later says: "Some people think the doctor waves his hand and the baby disappears. It just doesn't happen that way." He calls D&E abortion "absolutely gut-wrenching for the physician ... to literally tear a human being apart with your own hands." He explains why he changed his mind about abortion toward the end (beginning at about 2:50) of this clip.