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.