A former abortion practitioner who is now a pro-life OBGYN is taking a stand in favor of a measure in his home state of New Mexico to ban late-term abortions. Dr. Anthony Levatino is speaking up in favor of a ballot proposal in Albuquerque that voters will consider on Tuesday which bans abortions after 20 weeks.
The ban would stop a late-term abortion clinic which shoots unborn babies through the heart with poison.
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.
In a commercial the Susan B. Anthony List is running, Levatino endorses the late-term abortion ban and says unborn babies may feel excruciating pain in those abortions. The pro-life group is also running another ad supporting the ban.
“I’ve been a practicing gynecologist for over 30 years and once performed over 1,200 abortions,” Levatino says.
He adds: “I urge you to vote for the fetal pain abortion ban. The vast majority of these abortions are performed on health and viable babies who just want a chance to live. Considerable evidence shows these babies feel excruciating pain as they’re destroyed. And these abortions are more dangerous for the mother than delivery. This ban is just good common sense. Take it from a real doctor.”
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According to one Gallup poll, 68 percent of Americans oppose second trimester abortions and 84 percent oppose third trimester abortions.
Earlier this year, 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.