My Heart Will Not Cease to be Troubled

When reading journal articles looking at abortion, I come across a lot of things that just leave me unable to comprehend how things like this take place in a so-called civilised society.  This one, for example (regarding abortions at twenty weeks gestation and beyond):

“The operative technique was categorized as ‘‘D&E’’ if the procedure required disarticulation of the fetus with forceps. The operative technique was categorized as ‘‘intact D&X’’ if the fetus was delivered largely intact without disarticulation”

“Disarticulation” is when bones are separated at the joint.  Here are a couple of quotes from abortionists if some clarification is needed on why the matter-of-fact way the authors are describing this procedure that’s carried out at their healthcare institution might trouble me:

“And typically when the abortion procedure is started we typically know that the fetus is still alive because either we can feel it move as we’re making our initial grasps or if we’re using some ultrasound visualization when we actually see a heartbeat as we’re starting the procedure.”
Dr Martin Haskwell, in sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

“A second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can. At twenty weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about 4 to 5 inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.”
Dr Tony Levantino, former abortionist
(full description here:

Yes, this is horrible, but being unaware won’t change this fact that this legally happens in Australia as well as other countries around the world.  And no matter what your perspective, whether you consider yourself pro-life or pro-choice, I would hope that you’d agree that dismembering a living unborn baby (who can feel pain from 20 weeks with the strong potential to do so prior to that) is so far beyond what is acceptable that we should never see it happen.

If you’re struggling to grasp just what this procedure entails, and you’ve the stomach for it, visit this page to confront images of aborted twenty week foetuses.  Warning: it is very graphic.

Author: Elizabeth

I am in my mid thirties, a medical student and mother to four amazing little girls. My first venture into pro-life writing was when I wrote an essay on abortion in high school, but I didn't become passionate about protecting the unborn until after I had my first daughter in 2010. I hope my writing will help those who have questions about abortion, and help to build understanding of the arguments surrounding abortion.