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Questioning the abortion worldview
By Dave Sterrett
House Republicans, led by Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.) promoted legislation last week known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HR 1797, as the legislation is formally known, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Abortion is not a comfortable subject for either the religious or nonreligious among us and two respected people, looking at identical information, often reach opposite opinions on the matter. But with the debate over abortion rights again getting national attention after the trial and conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell for the killing of three babies who had already been born in his clinic, it is worth asking: Why is it that some people of faith are in favor of abortion rights, while other people of faith are against them? Similarly, why can two scientists who both agree about the same genetic information concerning a fetus come to two completely different conclusions regarding the ethics of abortion?
During the hearing of HR1797, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who claims to have completed 1,200 abortions before leaving the industry, testified in support of the legislation. Levatino, who has served on the faculty at the Albany Medical College, described performing a second trimester D&E abortion. He testified:
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“… The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a large plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see white gelatinous material coming through the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. Many times a little face will come out and stare back at you.”
Dr. Curtis Boyd, a leading advocate for reproductive rights for women, claims to have provided thousands of abortions before the practice was legalized. He is credited with being the first physician to open a legal abortion clinic in Texas after the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade and was involved in establishing the National Abortion Federation.
But Boyd sees not only a moral, but perhaps a spiritual mission to his work. Texas station KVUE interviewed Boyd in 2009. Boyd said to the interviewer: “Am I killing? Yes, I am. I know that….I’m an ordained Baptist minister… And then I’ll ask that the spirit of this pregnancy be returned to God with love and with understanding.”
Another former abortion doctor now agrees with Levatino on the morality of abortion. Dr. Haywood Robinson, who serves on the admissions board of Texas A&M College of Medicine, claims that an experience at a Christian concert convinced him to eventually get out of the abortion industry…
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