Recent news stories regarding legislation passed in New York allowing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, and in several states regarding a protocol for (non)treatment of babies born alive from “failed” abortion. The question arises, is it ever necessary to abort a late term pregnancy? And if perchance the abortion results in a live birth, what should be the medical protocol?
Is it ever necessary to abort a late term pregnancy? Dr. Anthony Levatino MD, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and former abortionist, in a video produced by Lila Rose of Live Action stated that late-term abortions are never medically necessary: Over 1,000 medical doctors, OB/GYNs, nurses, midwives, neonatologists and pediatricians have affirmed that abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of the mother, nor does it affect the availability of optimal care.
We hear all the time how abortion, including especially late-term abortion, is necessary to save women’s lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. I spent nine years working at a tertiary medical center. There are only certain hospitals in the country that are designated to take care of the really, really high-risk pregnancies…
Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, where I worked, was one of them. I was faculty at the hospital for nine years, and I saw hundreds of cases of really severe pregnancy complications – cancers, heart disease, intractable diabetes … toxemia pregnancy, out of control. In those nine years, I saved hundreds of women from life-threatening pregnancies, and I did that by delivering them, by ending their pregnancy by delivery – either induction of labor or cesarean section…
I always tell people, in all of those years, the number of babies that I had to, that I was obligated to deliberately kill in the process was zero, none.
Dr. Levatino continued, explaining that prior to a late-term abortion, the cervix must be sufficiently dilated in order for the doctor to be able to properly extract the dismembered fetus from the uterus. The dilation process “can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours,” according to Levatino, who performed more than 1,200 abortions in his career. Many women experiencing major pregnancy complications don’t have that much time.
A few more facts regarding late term abortion:
Pro-abortion activists say late-term abortions almost always involve babies with severe disabilities or threaten the mother’s life.
A publication of the Guttmacher Institute reported on a study that states, “Data suggests that most women seeking” late-term abortions “are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.” Most reasons given include stressful circumstances, single-motherhood, finances or a troubled relationship.
Only a miniscule number of late-term abortions are actually done.
The government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes late-term abortions make up about 1.3% of all abortions committed. If so, over twelve thousand late-term babies were killed in one year.
“Women and their doctors should decide what’s best for their health – not the government.”
The Born-Alive bill does not affect the mother’s health because she has already obtained an abortion. What is to be decided is whether or not her breathing newborn baby who survived will be allowed to live. Humanity and justice say they should.
Over 1,000 medical doctors, OB/GYNs, nurses, midwives, neonatologists and pediatricians have affirmed that abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of the mother, nor does it affect the availability of optimal car
Published April 2019