Seldom do abortion activists admit the gruesome, life-destroying nature of abortion, but there are rare occasions when they are unable to avoid the truth.
Ann McElhinney, an Irish filmmaker who worked on a film and book about notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, recently related one instance when an abortion practitioner’s testimony opened her eyes to the true nature of abortion.
In a column for the Irish Times, McElhinney said she was “neutral” on the abortion issue until she began digging into the facts surrounding the Gosnell case. In 2013, a jury convicted Gosnell of murdering three newborn babies and contributing to the death of a female patient in his filthy “house of horrors” abortion facility.
McElhinney wrote about what she learned from Gosnell’s trial:
D&E (dilation and evacuation) is used for second and third trimester abortions. During Gosnell’s trial Dr Karen Feisullin, a respected abortion provider, wanted the jury to understand what a proper abortion was like. This is part of that testimony.
McMahon: “From what I’ve seen, and you can correct me, you obviously know more about it than I do, the evacuation process can be one where tools are used and the pieces are pulled out; right?
Dr Feisullin: “Right.”
McMahon: “And you might pull out an arm or a leg or some portion of that?”
Dr Feisullin: “Right.”
With larger babies it is necessary to deliver the baby breached and then suction the brain. Dr Feisullin told the jury, “A suction catheter is inserted at the base of the skull to remove the contents of the head because the head is the largest part of the body that sometimes get stuck and the brain is suctioned out, grey matter is suctioned out, the skull collapses and it comes out easily.”
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McElhinney appealed to her native Ireland to consider the facts about abortion and the effects of Roe v. Wade in U.S. Ireland is facing intense pressure from abortion activists, largely backed by some of the richest men in the world, to abandon its protections for unborn babies and legalize abortion. McElhinney also urged Irish citizens to support life during the Pro Life Campaign conference in Ireland this week.
Too often the facts about abortion are hidden from women and the general public. Abortion facility staff sometimes outright lie to women and often withhold information about the abortion procedure and the development of the unborn child.
When faced with the facts, people become much more hesitant to support abortion, a recent Live Action video project found. Live Action created a series of short, educational videos of a doctor explaining how the different abortion procedures work. The group showed the videos to people and asked whether the information changed their minds about abortion.
An online video survey found that 34 percent of pro-choice women changed their minds after watching the D&E Abortion Procedures video. They said the information made them view abortion either much less or somewhat less favorably. Many also said the informational video should be shown to high school sex education classes and women considering abortion.
After releasing the survey results, Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, called for women to be fully informed about abortion procedures and an unborn baby’s development.
“Abortionists have worked for decades to keep women in the dark about how developed their preborn children in the womb are and what abortion procedures actually entail for both the mother and the child,” Rose said. “The more people learn about abortion, the more they see how barbaric and inhumane it is — whether the abortion is committed by depriving a preborn child of nutrients for days until she dies, or by ripping her limbs apart while she’s still alive, or by injecting her with a drug to induce cardiac arrest.”