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"One of the witnesses, Dr. Anthony Levatino, an obstetrician who performed more than 1,200 abortions before a moral awakening led him to stop performing them, testified about the inherent brutality of the late-term abortion procedure he used to perform.
Whereas Dr. Gosnell killed newborns by cutting into their necks to sever their spinal cords, Dr. Levatino testified that a standard late-term abortion procedure known as "dilation and evacuation" involves the dismemberment of a very developed child in utero.
After tearing off the baby's limbs, Levatino said, “sometimes a face comes out and stares back at you. Congratulations. You have just successfully performed a second trimester Suction D&E abortion. You just affirmed her right to choose."
"These procedures are brutal by their nature," Levatino testified. "The Gosnell situation is a situation that has, I think, brought to the public's attention what we're talking about when we're talking about this level of abortion." Although the proposed ban on abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy contains exceptions for when the life or physical health of the mother is at risk, Levatino testified that in his experience late-term abortion was not necessary to save the mother's life. The doctor pointed out that late-term abortions take three days to perform, and a live delivery of the baby can be performed much more quickly. Levatino stopped performing abortions after his own daughter died and he could no longer stomach the killing. "
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