Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino shared his powerful conversion story with a Texas judge Monday during a court hearing about a state dismemberment abortion ban.
Levatino aborted hundreds of unborn babies as an ob-gyn in the 1980s, but he had a change of heart after his young daughter died in a tragic accident. Now, he testifies about the horrors of abortion to audiences, legislators and judges across the country.
The Express reports Levatino described the cruelty of dismemberment abortion before U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday.
Texas is trying to outlaw the barbaric procedure. But earlier this year, the abortion chains Whole Woman’s Health and Planned Parenthood challenged Texas Senate Bill 8, which prohibits dismemberment abortions, a method typically used in the second trimester to kill nearly fully-formed, living unborn babies. It is a barbaric and dangerous procedure in which the unborn baby is ripped apart in the womb and pulled out in pieces while his or her heart is still beating.
In late August, Yeakel temporarily blocked the state from enforcing the law until the case could go to trial. Yeakel also is presiding over the hearing this week.
Levatino told Yeakel that he performed hundreds of dismemberment abortions in the early 1980s. But one day, after aborting an unborn baby this way, he said he became “sick.” He said he thought of his 6-year-old adopted daughter who had died in a vehicle accident not long before. And when he looked at the “pile of body parts” from the baby who he had just dismembered, Levatino said he realized that he was looking at someone’s child.
“That’s what started a cascade, which over the next few months, ended in not doing any more abortions,” Levatino said.
Levatino described a dismemberment abortion as a “brutal procedure in which a living human being is torn to pieces.”
However, lawyers for the abortion industry argued last week that dismembering unborn babies while their hearts are still beating is the safest abortion method in the second trimester, and banning it would place an undue burden on women’s access to abortion.
On Monday, the state brought in experts to refute these claims to the court.
Here’s more from the report:
Dr. David Berry, a maternal-fetal specialist, said he has used an injection of potassium chloride to cause fetal demise before performing an abortion, and it has always been successful in killing the fetus.
But lawyers for the abortion providers argue maternal-fetal specialists receive more in-depth training in fetal injections than most abortion providers, meaning if SB 8 goes into effective, most providers would need additional training.
Berry also scoffed at claims by abortion doctors that the injections, typically done through a woman’s abdomen, raise the risk of infection. Introducing forceps into the uterus during a dilation and evacuation procedure is far more likely to cause an infection than a thin needle, he said.
Dr. Farr Curlin, a professor of medical ethics at Duke University, also testified, saying that the law “merely requires that the fetus be given a minimal level of respect … by keeping them from being dismembered alive.
“It’s never ethical to intentionally kill an innocent human being,” Curlin said.
The trial, which began last week, is expected to continue through Wednesday.
The law made Texas the eighth state to protect developing preborn children from such a heinous act. Earlier this year, Arkansas also enacted its Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act joining Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
The dismemberment abortion ban embodies model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee that would prohibit “dismemberment abortion,” using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a living unborn baby to remove him or her from the womb in pieces while their heart still is beating.