The violence committed daily against unborn babies often gets lost in the political debates about abortion.
But as the Nevada legislature considers a radical pro-abortion bill, one state journalist decided to highlight abortion’s brutal reality.
Victor Joecks, opinion columnist at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, wrote a column Saturday that describes how common abortion procedures kill unborn babies.
“If every American had to watch an abortion being performed, support would plummet,” Joecks wrote. “That’s why abortion supporters use euphemisms. They want to distract you from what the abortion debate is fundamentally about — if it should be legal to stick scissors into the skull of a preborn baby and suck her brains out.”
He described vacuum aspiration abortions, a common first-trimester procedure:
The abortionists sucks out the preborn baby with a vacuum. Sometimes the baby dies instantly. Sometimes the baby doesn’t die until she’s out of the womb. Sometimes the vacuum rips the baby’s body apart.
Dr. Paul Jarrett, a former abortionist, stopped performing abortions after a baby’s torn-off leg plugged up the vacuum he was using. Inside the womb, he found the baby’s rib cage, which contained a “tiny, beating heart.”
Later, he described brutal dismemberment abortions, which several states are trying to outlaw. In these common second-trimester abortion procedures, nearly fully-formed unborn babies are torn apart limb from limb while their hearts are beating.
Former abortionist Dr. Tony Levatino described the deadly procedure in more detail: “Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard — really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about 4 to 5 inches long.”
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The procedure is usually performed between 11 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, when the baby is somewhere between the size of a lemon and a cantaloupe. By 11 weeks, unborn babies already have fingers and toes, heartbeats and detectable brain waves. They can respond to touch, yawn, suck their thumbs and even show signs of being right or left handed.
Yet, these details are not often shared with the public. When abortion activists cannot avoid discussing the details of an abortion, they use dry, medical language that everyday people may not understand. And they dismiss the details like what Levatino provide as mere “shock” tactics.
The details are shocking and horrific, but it’s because they are true. Many women do change their minds about abortion after seeing their unborn babies’ images on an ultrasound screen. Others reconsider after learning facts about how an abortion kills their child’s life.
The public deserves to know the brutal reality that the purpose of an abortion is not to empower or free women. It is to kill a living, unique human child before they are born and the public has the chance to see the value of that child’s life.