Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them

Dr. Anthony Levatino is a doctor who performed 1,200 abortions, before having a change of heart:

My partner and I, however, were relatively important in the Albany area for one infamous fact, which to this day I regret. Our group was just about the only group that was performing late abortions, D & E procedures, Dilatation and Evacuation. And we received referrals from all over the area in our part of the state, even from neighboring counties 70 to 80 miles away. We had a lot of patients.

I’ve never actually counted. I’m glad I can’t say that I’m responsible for 50,000 plus abortions, but I know I’ve done hundreds of the procedures. That’s direct, hands-on involvement, with the forceps in your hand, reaching into somebody’s uterus and tearing out a baby.

He describes the horrible procedure, then explains that he and his wife were having trouble conceiving.  “We started desperately looking for a baby to adopt, and I was throwing them in the garbage at the rate of nine and ten a week,” he wrote.  “It even occurred to me then: I wish one of these people would just let me have their child. But it doesn’t work that way.”

Most of the time in our practice was spent providing obstetrical care for people who wanted their children. It is very common for an obstetrician to have an ultrasound machine. We use that ultrasound machine on a daily basis.

As a doctor, you know that these are children. Because you see the children in there — hearts beating, arms flinging.

As a doctor, you know that these are children; you know that these are human beings with arms and legs and heads and they move around and they are very active. But you get reminded — every time you put that scanner down on somebody’s uterus — you are reminded. Because you see the children in there — hearts beating, arms flinging.

We have a ball with it. It is a lot of fun. We have people coming in who have bleeding and who are afraid they may have a miscarriage — now this is someone who wants to have their child. There is no better news for me than to put that scanner on them at seven and eight weeks and show them a heartbeat and say: Your baby is okay. You do that as an obstetrician all the time.

And then, an hour later, you change your clothes, walk into an operating room and do an abortion. If you have any heart at all, it affects you.

His story is a fascinating, tragic one.  He and his wife ended up adopting a baby and giving birth to one as well.  Then, the unthinkable happened.  His daughter was struck by a car and was killed.  After her tragic death, he could no longer stomach the idea of performing abortions:

That is what it took to get me to change. My own sense of self-esteem went down the tubes. I began to feel like a paid assassin. That’s exactly what I was. It got to the point where it just wasn’t worth it to me anymore. It was costing me too much personally. All the money in the world wouldn’t have made a difference.

So I quit. I slept a lot better at night after that.

He recently testified before Congress, in support a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks that would ban abortions nationwide aft 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Read his testimony here and view a snippet below.

Isn’t is amazing that people can have a change of heart about abortion?  Even doctors who perform them?

Let’s pray Dr. Levatino’s story will cause other doctors to stop killing America’s children.

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  • Mike Tara McMillan

    I can’t even watch the rest. This is horrible- why is this not in the news?

  • Bree Me

    A great post for those that want to be informed and have a heart for decency. I pray for more changes of heart!!

  • Mere

    what makes a baby different at 20 weeks or at 21 weeks? Doesn’t seem like much of a change of heart when he’s still advocating for abortions, just for them to not be done after a certain week. To be able to look at an ultrasound and see this little being as a life is a big deal. If more abortion clinics would allow this service to their clients, I think more mothers would have a change of heart as well. It’s disturbing and very sad that most of them anyway, refuse this option to women.

    • Bree Me

      I agree w/ you. A change of heart from a lack of respect for life to respecting life from the womb to the grave.

    • HuntingMoose

      Ask yourself the other question: when is a person dead?. When his hart stops beating? We do not know but like wise, better take a wide margin and wait a little or with the start, assume early.

      You don’t want to be wrong on this unless you don’t mind finding yourself in a coffin because they assumed you were dead too early.

  • 1MiddleRoader

    Although the title of this post (and related article) is a bit misleading, I support the bill. I think science and medicine have come a long way since Roe v Wade, and we need to keep up with the new info. Viability is probably going to keep edging downward, but the ability to feel pain is more stable. Although it’s far from conclusive that 20-week fetuses feel pain, there is evidence to support it, and I think we need to err on the side of the fetus. The only thing I would like to add to the bill would be an exception if the fetus is determined (after 20 wks) to be so severely damaged that he/she will not live more than a few hours, or his/her quality of life will be so poor (such as severe pain) that it would qualify. (Yes, I know about the the boy without a brain who lived to age 3, and his parents are to be commended for their choice, but I think choosing to abort a fetus without a brain should be permitted.) This exception would be an EXTREMELY RARE occurrence, and to avoid abuse, maybe a mandatory 2nd medical opinion in those cases could be written into the bill. But other than that, it’s a reasonable bill. However, this bill really won’t reduce the number of abortions that much. Though statistics on this can be hard to verify, even according to the Pro-Life Action League, the majority of abortions are performed by 9 weeks, and 98.4% are performed by the 20th week.

    • melory3

      So millions upon millions of babies were murdered because progressives just could not understand that when the doctor said “you are pregnant”, he really meant a human baby is growing inside you.

      If only libs did not fall so easily for junk science that made them doubt whether a human being at the very beginning stages of his or her life is really a human life.

      I wonder, do liberal doctors tell a pregnant woman she is pregnant with a fetus? Does the pregnant woman go home and tell her husband “we are going to have a …. fetus!!” (Obama did refer to a newborn baby as a fetus – sane people have a hard time understanding liberal logic).

      “I think science and medicine have come a long way since Roe v Wade, and we need to keep up with the new info”. Science is confirming what conservatives (and every sane human being who ever dwelt on this earth) always knew, sigh… How many more babies must die before liberals finally get it!

      Btw, why is it that pro-abortion liberals do not want women to have ultra-sounds done before they decide on an abortion? Would you not expect “science and medicine-loving” liberals to want women to have ALL the information?

  • tarheel

    in the 70′s when I was a teen I got pregnant. My mom took me to Wash.,DC, from a little southern town, to have an abortion @ 8/9 weeks. Of course at that time I didn’t want one, but you did what your parents said. Now, I’m in my late 50′s & I am thankful for my Mothers wise decision. My life would have been forever changed if I had kept the baby, & not in a good way. I saw that truth not long after the procedure. I feel a woman has the right to choose to carry a child, or not, however that right should end at the close of the first trimester. I am a moderately conservative republican mother of 2 and this is exactly what many, many women like me believe. You don’t have to be a liberal or democrat to support early term abortion.

    • HuntingMoose

      It all boils down to when life starts, the exact moment is an unknown and THAT is the only fact we do know. Some believe it is at conception, some short thereafter some late thereafter and some like Obama and brother of his adviser Emmanuel that it is way past being born (or more precisely, when it is convenient and you have made your donation to him)

      Consequently the answer to your question, nobody knows.

      But as matter of fact, the only good solution is more effort in the prevention in the first place and more support for those who fell through the cracks on how to deal with this and alternative solutions. If that would be done, this whole question becomes irrelevant.

  • bellagrazi

    Oh my gosh, what a heartbreaking story. Very sad about his daughter. Thank God this Dr. finally had a change of heart. He will personally be saving many, many lives. GB

  • otlset

    At the moment of conception, a new individual being is formed, complete with its own unique DNA structure which characterizes that individual until its death. You scrape out that ‘inconvenient tiny lump of flesh’ and you kill that individual. All the rest is rationalizing.

    • HuntingMoose

      You are more than your DNA and your body and the exact moment life begins is unknown, as is what life itself is is a mystery as well.

      When a spirit attaches is unknown but yes, better be on the safe side and assume as early as possible.

      • otlset

        Could be. I was making the case in terms of current scientific understanding, which I think those who deny existence of anything beyond physical life might therefore understand.

        • HuntingMoose

          Interesting angle. Scientific speaking , that what the atheists adhere to, if they are true to their word , they must share your observation since it cannot be regarded as part of the mother the moment it has different DNA

  • Sharon Garrison

    I have a question…Say a drunk driver hits a pregnant woman walking down the street and kills her and her unborn baby…they were so drunk that they didn’t even see a woman, but still the drunk driver is charged with murdering the woman and her unborn baby, as they should be.
    So why is it not murder, when a mother…(no, not going to call her a mother) when a woman goes down to the local clinic and has some doctor butcher her unborn baby?
    Doesn’t that baby have the same rights as the one that killed during accident?
    Isn’t that woman and her doctor murdering her baby?
    Tell me how one is murder and the other is not?

    • 1MiddleRoader

      An interesting and very thorny question, to which I don’t have the answers. However, in many cases, the drunk driver you cite would not be charged with double murder. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act (2004) only pertains to FEDERAL crimes of violence. Many states have similar laws, but they differ in details, such as age of fetus. While I understand the concept of personhood for the fetus to prevent abortion, it does raise some difficult issues. For example, should every woman of child-bearing age who is murdered be autopsied to determine whether she might have been pregnant and therefore it might be double murder? Would that be an invasion of her privacy? What if a woman attempts suicide and survives, but loses a pregnancy in the act? Should she be charged with murder? If so, should whether or not she knew she was pregnant matter? And what about miscarriages? (Approximately 1/3 of first pregnancies end in miscarriage, usually early in the pregnancy.) Should those fetuses be considered deaths, and have death certificates issued? Should they be investigated as possible homicides? My personal opinion is that I would support a law in my state to make killing a women in later stages of pregnancy a double murder. In earlier stages, I think it should depend on intent (did the killer know the woman was pregnant and intend to kill both her and the fetus). If intent is not established, it should be an aggravating factor to increase the prison sentence.

      • melory3

        Interesting questions!

  • HuntingMoose

    =====================================================
    For liberals, life starts when it is convenient for the parent.
    .
    For the rest, the start of life has nothing to do with convenience but with a most precious miracle
    .
    And for the UnDemocratic antiSocial Party, it starts when you can make a donation or vote for them and does not ends when you are dead
    ========================================================

    • otlset

      Yeah, and could even end earlier when Obamacare is more fully yoked on the people’s backs — and an unfortunate patient comes up short on requirements to get a life-saving surgical procedure and his neighborhood Death Panel withholds treatment from him.

      All bow and submit, the State has decided!!!

      • melory3

        El Rushbo lit a cigar in honor of Sarah Palin today:

        “RUSH: Kathleen Sebelius, have you heard about this? There’s a little girl in Pennsylvania who is being denied a lung transplant because she’s 10 years old.

        I lit a cigar in honor of Sarah Palin right as the program began. Death panels. Just exactly what Sarah Palin said, exactly what we all knew. Obamacare establishes death panels, and right now Sebelius is it. And that’s what Obamacare says. I don’t know how many times it says it in there, but the phrase “as the secretary shall determine,” meaning the secretary of Health and Human Services. Well, Sebelius is determined a 10-year-old doesn’t get the lung. She doesn’t get a lung transplant ’cause she is 10 years old, and you have to be 12 to get a lung transplant under the current regulations.”

        http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=sebelius%20said%20we%20all%20gonna%20die&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rushlimbaugh.com%2Fdaily%2F2013%2F06%2F05%2Fdeath_panel_secretary_sebelius_denies_lung_transplant_for_10_year_old_girl&ei=8_OvUdXnMYqIiwLxkIGACA&usg=AFQjCNHuupa3CaAU0coWjSvHvGqRWvSgdg&bvm=bv.47534661,d.cGE

        • otlset

          Sarah was the first to foresee this and raise the alarm. And at the time she did this she was derided and called a liar “There’s not ONE mention of any ‘Death Panel’ in the healthcare bill!” (– said most of the dopey and biased liberal pundits and media then) by the usual administration propagandists at the time, otherwise known as the lamestream media.

          But it stands to reason, if you bring in what, 30 million more people (including illegals) with healthcare insurance into an already overloaded system, and pissing off the vast majority of physicians in the country on top of this — many of whom threaten to retire rather than put up with socialized medicine Obamacare will bring, something’s got to give. It will result in rationing of treatment, and what treatment we will get will likely be subpar compared to what we have now. Obamacare is a shameful and onerous thing to foist on the American people.

          • 1MiddleRoader

            I read Sarah’s facebook post on the tragic situation with Sarah M., and it made me angry. She politicized it and used it to revive her “death panel” accusation. This has nothing to do with Obamacare. The organ transplant network is a private non-profit under contract with the federal govt. It was created in 1984. The “under 12″ lung transplant rules were changed in 2005. On its website it says that the doctor of a patient under 12 can request the Lung Review Board (a national group of transplant doctors) to review the case. This was apparently done and denied in the little girl’s case. But I think Sebelius was right not to intervene. If she had, she would have done EXACTLY what the GOP accuses (IMO, falsely) Obamacare of doing: She would have been a bureaucrat coming between a patient and the doctors to make or change medical decisions. How exactly would Palin propose to allocate organs? Most organ transplants don’t have an under 12 rule. But apparently it is difficult (not impossible) to fit an adult lung (or portion thereof) into a child and survivability is lower. To be clear, I don’t blame the parents at all. They are trying to save their daughter. I would probably do the same thing. I think the petition is a good idea- it raises public awareness, and might spur a quicker reexamination of the rules. And the federal judge’s decision to suspend the rules pending a hearing is beyond my legal expertise, but I hope it ends up with Sarah getting a lung. And I also commend the parents for not asking for just an exception for their child, but for a change to the rules.

          • otlset

            Obamacare would worsen this situation tenfold, by inserting more bureaucratic rules, regulations, limits, and other crappy obstacles between the doctor/patient relationship. The doctor should be making these decisions, not some bureaucracy that inevitably will act as a death panel in such cases. The government has NO business inserting itself between the doctor/patient relationship in order to in part accommodate the millions more to be unloaded into the healthcare system in the plan which will cause even more such shortages as this case shines a light on. There will be death panels, and Sarah Palin is right to bring up this potential travesty once again as her predictions come true. The ‘politicizing’ of this mess began when Obama in his narcissistic hubris politically shoved big government into our once great healthcare system in order to control it. It’s all about control and power to that freaking phony and his minions now squatting in the White House.

          • melory3

            Amazing the things that make liberals angry, yet no anger from them about all the Obama scandals…or the barbaric practice of infanticide resulting from their abortion obsession.

            You mean like Obama politicized Sandy Hook, etc?

            These liberal women, so-called “leaders” are showing America how cold and callous they can be:

            a)About the deaths of our Ambassador and 3 Americans – “What difference, at this stage, does it make” Hillary Clinton yelling at her employer (we the people) who had the audacity to ask questions;

            b) “You have one choice..” Michelle Obama threathening a citizen;

            c)”Some people live, some people die” – Sebellius to parents of a 10 year old daughter begging her government to be put on a list for a lung transplant.

            d) Not to forget Diane Feinstein about our 2nd Amendment right:

            “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban (guns), picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it.”

            Mentally unstable, the whole bunch!

            And then they turn around and demand we pay for their contraceptives – run a presidential campaign on a demand for free contraceptives (ladies have you no shame!) – how the world must have laughed at us! With all the serious issues facing America and the world, that is what liberals cared about most! The Dem masters really have a very low opinion of their base, not without reason.

          • 1MiddleRoader

            What Palin did would be the equivalent of Obama using Sandy Hook to push for immigration reform. There’s no connection. But regardless of that, Palin’s just wrong on the facts in her facebook post.

            This is off-topic, but Sandy Hook reminded me of school safety, and here’s my outrage: Why don’t ALL schools and day care centers in Oklahoma and other tornado-prone areas have underground shelters?? Why aren’t political leaders on both sides demanding this??Those children that died at the Plaza Towers Elem school would probably have survived if there had been one. BTW, just learned that change.org has on-line petitions both to change lung transplant age policy and for Oklahoma schools to have shelters (and tons of others). Anyone interested in either issue should take a look.

    • melory3

      Ain’t that the truth!

  • melory3

    In light of the recent angry outbursts of our undisciplined First Lady, Michelle Obama and our former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present to you, Governor Sarah Palin!! Michelle Obama and Hilary, watch and LEARN, this is how you do it!! Bristol, your mom is the best!!!!

    Sarah Palin in “dust-up” with liberal teacher: (Politico spinned this story to make Sarah look bad, LOL, not realizing that the video they posted about the incident exposed their lies!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKflKzmfRCw&feature=player_embedded

    • otlset

      If only some reporter would corner Obama somehow and demand to know what in the h**l he was doing the night of the Benghazi massacre, and why was help denied to the ambassador and the others that fateful day (among many, many other questions about his lying administration). It was more than just a “bump in the road”. How about some of that “transparency” we were all promised? Geez he’s such a liar. Patriot and ishy and all the other fools who voted for him may think lying is cool, but most decent people don’t.

    • 1MiddleRoader

      Thanks for the blast from the past! I agree with you- Sarah Palin handled it well. (although I don’t see the negative spin in the Politico story.) I like this one also:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54liSYKf-uM

      • melory3

        Disqus is strange today!!

        Thank you MR, I remember that one!

        Sarah was born classy, born a leader!

        Re previous video: Politico portrayed her as angry, sarcastic and suggested she lost her cool. But they have to cling to the false narrative, I just thought it was hilarious that they did not even realize the video they posted contradicted their version.

        **********

        Not related, I have a confession to make, I sometimes watch Graig Fergusson, he can be really funny and is an equal opportunity basher, but unfortunately too crude sometimes. (another confession – I always think about you when I listen to Amazing Grace, you introduced me to Jotta A’s rendition – thank you!).

        I also like Harvey Levin – not his show or the idea of his show and website, but as a person, he is more balanced than any liberal in entertainment, comes off as hilariously naive and oh, I don’t know why, I just like him.

        I stumbled onto his show again during the week, they were talking about the New Zealand rugby team’s Haka chant. Harvey, poor protected bleeding heart liberal, thought it “look so violent!” ROFLOL!! Imagine the NZ team finding out that the people from the Land of the Brave think their little Haka chant is too violent!
        I just learnt parts of the chants are banned in Europe – westerners are becoming a bunch of wussies because of liberalism.

        In case you are not fimaliar with the Haka chant, here it is:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT2USLzLenU&feature=player_detailpage

        • 1MiddleRoader

          Hmm, maybe we’re talking about different articles- the one I saw http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/40821.html
          represented if fairly IMO, and also posted the video. They later posted Palin’s response to the “LSM”. There was commentary on both sides attempting to correlate Palin’s facial expression to a dislike of teachers, and digging into the teacher’s background as well (such as claiming she wasn’t a real teacher.) Basically much ado about nothing. The only reason this was newsworthy (actually, it wasn’t) is that someone video’d it and posted on it on YouTube (which is why I really hate camera phones, but you can’t uncork that bottle.)
          As for your confession, I know it was tongue-in-cheek, but as Martha Stewart would say, “It’s’s a good thing!” I confess to watching a good bit of Fox News and (here’s the real confession) sometimes agreeing with some of the views. (emphasis on some) :)
          And I do love Amazing Grace, even when I sing it myself (which will NEVER be on YouTube!)

          • melory3

            Why it was newsworthy? Blame it on the media/liberals’ sick obsession with the Palins.

            Loved Sarah’s reaction to the hubbub:

            “The LSM has now decided to use this brief encounter for another one of their spin operations. They claim I – wait for it – “appear to roll my eyes” when the lady tells me she’s a teacher. Yes, it’s come to this: the media is now trying to turn my eyebrow movements into story lines. (Maybe that’s why Botox is all the rage – if you can’t move your eyebrows, your “eye rolling” can’t be misinterpreted!) “

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Yeah, but much was made of Michelle Obama’s eyeroll at a luncheon as well. It’s the world we live in. I live in (mild) fear that I’ll be walking down the street one day, and do an epic klutzy embarrassing fall, and be a You Tube hit (or miss). It will be karma, because I do secretly enjoy it when other people trip or fall (as long as they don’t get hurt.)

          • melory3

            I also did not agree with the criticism of MO’s eye-roll. Michelle and Obama seem like a nice couple that I am sure I would enjoy having a beer with (perhaps not anymore, now that I see how they are deliberately destroying my country), but why do their politics have to be so completely evil.

            I think it is because every little detail of Sarah and conservatives’ lives is criticized and made fun of by media/libs – that is why people on the right perhaps are trying to do unto them as they do unto us!

          • melory3

            With conservatives being targeted by IRS, our email, phones, internet searches spied on, if I never come back to give liberals a hard time ever again, know they probably came for me…. remember me by this, this is where I’m going:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtT7Og2LBbE&feature=player_detailpage

          • 1MiddleRoader

            Love Paul Simon! And loved Simon & Garfunkel, back in the day!

          • melory3

            Would it not be awesome if he performs at Sarah’s presidential inauguration. That would be sure to make “liberals’ heads explode!”.

            You are a great American MR (as Hannity would say).

            A beautiful week to you.

          • melory3

            Another confession! I was and still am a very harsh critic of some of Bush’s policies!! And sometimes I loathe the Republican party! Why do I get the feeling one of us is having one beer too many? Now you know, I also love beer on a hot summer day, oh my! My sister (she lives in Germany – married a white guy) she thinks Bill Clinton is most handsome – what is worse – she thinks I agree with her!

            We were talking politics – she loves liberals, Hollywood, Obama, Clinton, etc. from what she reads in the lefty news about them. So I had to tell her the truth about all of them – she was so dissappointed that I do not love any of her idols, and asked if I at least agree that Bill Clinton is all that (meaning very handsome). So not wanting to dissapoint her anymore, I said, yes!!

            Wishing you a beautiful weekend.

            PS: I am not really having a beer today, was just joking, but I do love a cold beer on a hot day!

  • robinrob2

    I never knew Doctor Who was that kind of doctor.


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