A professional gynecologist who during the 1980s performed hundreds of first and second trimester abortions has submitted congressional testimony describing the graphic nature of the procedure. Dr. Anthony Levatino of New Mexico gave testimony Thursday afternoon to the House Judiciary Committee as part of an investigation into Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In graphic detail, Levatino described the process of a Suction D&E procedure, which involves using a sopher clamp to rip limbs off an aborted baby.
"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 six inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs."
During the tense hearing, Republican Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia asked Levatino what he thought if a dog being put down were treated as babies are at Planned Parenthood clinics.
"Every abortion involves the destruction of a human life," responded Levatino, "You know what that [baby] is? That's your son. That's your daughter. Every abortion results in a dead son or daughter. I think it's absolutely gruesome and I think the example you gave just a minute ago is perfect. If I abused a dog in my town, I'd be arrested. If I did abortions again, first trimester, second trimester, I'd be a hero."
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