Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:42 AM

Former Abortion Doctor-You Never Need Late-Term Abortion To Save A Womans Life

On Friday, journalist Susan Crabtree lauded an article by Philip Wegmann of RealClearPolitics. The piece, titled "Late-Term Abortion Stance May Be Trump Card in 2020," notes that according to Gallup polling:

About 60 percent of Americans support abortion in the first trimester. As pregnancy continues, though, support drops. Just 28 percent support abortion in the second trimester. By the third trimester, only 13 percent.

Indeed, the May 2018 Gallup survey asks: "Thinking specifically about the THIRD trimester, please say whether you think abortion should be legal in that situation, or illegal. How about ... when the woman’s life is endangered?"

75% of respondents said that abortion should be "legal" under such circumstances, while 22% said it should be "illegal."

However, these results are misleading. Gallup’s question implies that there are certain circumstances during the third trimester of pregnancy in which an abortion could save a woman’s life. Such a question suggests that termination is sometimes the only solution to certain late-term medical scenarios.

This simply isn’t true.

During an interview with Live Action founder Lila Rose, former abortion doctor Anthony Levatino stated that late-term abortions are never medically necessary:

We hear all the time how abortion, including especially late-term abortion, is necessary to save women's lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. I spent nine years working at a tertiary medical center. There are only certain hospitals in the country that are designated to take care of the really, really high-risk pregnancies ...

Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, where I worked, was one of them. I was faculty at the hospital for nine years, and I saw hundreds of cases of really severe pregnancy complications – cancers, heart disease, intractable diabetes ... toxemia pregnancy, out of control. In those nine years, I saved hundreds of women from life-threatening pregnancies, and I did that by delivering them, by ending their pregnancy by delivery – either induction of labor or cesarean section...

I always tell people, in all of those years, the number of babies that I had to, that I was obligated to deliberately kill in the process was zero, none.

Levatino continued, explaining that prior to a late-term abortion, the cervix must be sufficiently dilated in order for the doctor to be able to properly extract the dismembered fetus from the uterus. The dilation process "can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours," according to Levatino, who performed more than 1,200 abortions in his career. Many women experiencing major pregnancy complications don’t have that much time.

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:59 PM

1. More hair splitting on this issue

There are times during the third trimester that the woman's life is in danger. Whether the pregnancy is terminated by some form of abortion or delivery is not particularly relevant, in the vast majority of cases a non-viable fetus is removed. How does not really matter.

The vast majority of women who are in the third trimester are there by choice and do not want to lose the baby. If the baby is viable they will be overjoyed. Third trimester abortions/pregnancy terminations are very rarely done for reasons of birth control.

This is mostly smokescreen on both sides...and it is unfortunate. If focuses on rare medical issues best left to the medical community. My personal take is that if the baby is viable, it needs to be kept alive, which will be the wish of the vast majority of mothers. I do not know of a single doctor that would allow an otherwise healthy baby to die. Ones with serious medical issues and it gets gray.

The stats cited are roughly correct. Early on, most Americans are okay with abortion as the mother's choice. However once viability is reached, that approval drops considerably. No surprise there. It makes sense.

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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:50 PM

2. why does she assume that pregnancy & childbirth are the only risks to life?

A friend and colleague of mine was diagnosed with cancer in her 3rd trimester. She had a choice between abortion and immediate treatment for her best chance of survival, or delaying treatment to carry the fetus to term with much worse prognosis for her.

She chose to carry the pregnancy to term. She died a year later, after a long fought battle including a bone marrow transplant. She left 4 motherless children.

I can also imagine scenarios where a bad car or other accident could leave a choice of save one or the other, but not both.

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:05 AM

3. Maybe, maybe not, but...

there are cases where a late term abortion might spare the family emotional pain.

Years ago a friend's daughter had a pregnancy that was progressing well until late trimester, when all activity stopped. Living in a state that did not allow late term abortions, the daughter was forced to carry the child for a few weeks until such time as doctors judged that the baby had actually died a while before. Labor was induced...she "gave birth" to a dead baby, with skin that had turned black because it had been dead for a few weeks.

A dead, rotting corpse inside her. It was heartbreaking for all involved.

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