Live Action Launches New ‘What Is Abortion?’ Series to Change Hearts and Minds

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Seven years ago in 2015, Live Action released a video series to show and explain the details of each common type of abortion. This Abortion Procedures series, featuring former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, was viewed more than 150 million times and has changed many hearts and minds about abortion.

Now, Live Action is proud to announce the launch of a groundbreaking new series, titled, “What is Abortion?” 

The new videos feature innovative and realistic animations, and the videos are narrated by four female doctors who previously worked as abortionists. Drs. Noreen Johnson, Beverly McMillan, Kathi Aultman, and Patti Giebink walk viewers through the devastating reality of abortion in the videos. The doctors narrate — respectively — the chemical, aspiration (D&C), dilation and evacuation (D&E), and induced abortion procedures. Additionally, they give viewers information on fetal development at the stage of pregnancy during which each type of abortion typically takes place.

Abortion pills

The late Dr. Noreen Johnson was a board-certified OB/GYN with over 44 years of experience who committed over 1,000 abortions. In the abortion pill (or chemical abortion) video below, she explains how this abortion procedure works:

“At the abortion facility or at home, the woman swallows mifepristone pills. Mifepristone blocks the action of a hormone called Progesterone. progesterone is naturally produced in the mother’s body to stabilize the lining of the uterus,” she explains. “When mifepristone blocks progesterone, the lining of the mother’s uterus breaks down, cutting off oxygen and vital nutrients to the embryo, who then dies inside the mother’s womb. It is important to note that even after it has been taken, it is possible to stop the effects of mifepristone and save the embryo, if Progesterone is administered. If the woman wants to stop the effects of the mifepristone, she needs Progesterone as soon as possible.”

After taking mifepristone, the woman proceeds to the second step of the procedure, which is taking misoprostol, a drug that causes “severe cramping, contractions, and heavy bleeding, to force the dead embryo out of her uterus.” This process “can last from a few hours to several days,” says Johnson.  She warns that it may be possible for a woman to “see the expelled embryo within the pregnancy sac” and that she may “have bleeding and spotting for several weeks.”

Chemical abortions are only approved by the FDA through 10 weeks of pregnancy, but it is not unusual for abortionists to prescribe the pills off-label even later in pregnancy.

Aspiration abortions

When a woman is past 10 weeks but still in the first trimester, she is most likely to go through an aspiration abortion, also known as a dilation and curettage, or D&C. This video is narrated by Dr. Beverly McMillan, a board-certified OB/GYN with 45 years experience who committed roughly 500 abortions. An aspiration abortion is typically done in a clinic or doctor’s office setting and is usually very brief.

“When the woman goes to the facility for the abortion, she will lie on a table with her feet in stirrups, and she will be administered local anesthesia. The abortionist will place a speculum, like this, inside the vagina and open it allowing the abortionist to see the cervix, the entrance to the uterus,” McMillan says. “The cervix is grasped with a long metal instrument to stabilize it, A series of metal rods called dilators, like these, which increase in thickness, are inserted into the cervix to dilate it, gaining access to the inside of the uterus where the fetus resides. The abortionist then inserts a hollow plastic tube with a hole in it called a cannula into the uterus and attaches it to suction. If the embryo is small enough, the cannula can be attached to a syringe, and manual suction alone will remove the embryo and placenta from the uterus.”

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If the abortionist cannot remove the embryo and placenta with manual suction alone, he will then move to using a suction machine, which is considerably more powerful than, for example, a household vacuum cleaner.

“The suction machine is turned on, and the abortionist slowly rotates the cannula inside the uterus,” McMillan continues. “The fetus is rapidly torn to pieces as it is pulled through the cannula and tubing into a large glass bottle, followed by the placenta. Sometimes smaller embryos are pulled through whole. Occasionally the abortionist must remove the cannula and pull out body parts that have clogged the opening to complete the abortion. Once the abortionist thinks everything has been removed, she will sometimes use a long metal curette to scrape the lining of the uterus to make sure nothing is left behind.”

After the abortion is completed, the child’s body parts will be reassembled to ensure nothing was left behind in the woman’s uterus. Surgical abortions carry serious risks, including infection, bleeding, lacerations, and death.

Dilation and evacuation

Dr. Kathi Aultman narrates the D&E video. This is the most common abortion procedure committed in the second trimester. Aultman is a board-certified OB/GYN with over 32 years of experience who has committed over 500 abortions. Unlike the first two procedures, a D&E typically takes about two days to complete.

“Before a D&E abortion can be done the cervix must be dilated slowly over one to two days with laminaria or a similar product,” Aultman begins. “Laminaria is a type of seaweed that absorbs water and swells to several times its original diameter. At the time of laminaria insertion, some abortionists inject a chemical into the fetus or the fluid in the womb to cause the death of the fetus prior to emptying the uterus.”

When the mother returns to the abortion facility, she will often receive some form of anesthesia before the abortionist uses a speculum to open the vagina before further widening the cervix. He will then proceed to suction amniotic fluid out of the uterus.

“The fetus is too large to fit through the cannula, so it must be removed in pieces with a clamp, such as this Sopher clamp. A Sopher clamp is made of stainless steel and is about 13 inches long,” Aultman explains. “At the tip, there are rows of teeth for grasping. The abortionist reaches into the uterus with the clamp and tries to grasp an arm or leg. Once the abortionist has a firm grip, she pulls forcefully in order to remove the limb. Piece by piece, the abortionist removes the arms and legs followed by the head or the body, including the torso and the pelvis, along with their internal organs, the intestines, the spine, and the heart and lungs. The placenta is also removed.”

Other parts of the procedure are especially gruesome. Aultman notes that removing the baby’s head is “the most difficult part” at this stage because it is larger, “about the size of a large plum.” The head must be crushed with the clamp, and “a white substance, the fetus’s brains, leaks out of the cervix.” The head and any other remaining body parts will then be removed. From there, the abortionist will again reassemble the infant’s body to make sure nothing has been missed.

This procedure again carries serious risks to the woman, including perforations, lacerations, infection, bleeding, and death.

Induction abortion

Finally, the induction abortion procedure video is narrated by Dr. Patti Giebink, a board-certified OB/GYN of over 25 years who committed thousands of abortions. Like the D&E,, the induction abortion procedure takes several days to complete. But first, the abortionist often attempts to ensure the preborn child is dead, through use of an injected feticide.

“The abortionist inserts a long needle through the woman’s abdomen or vagina and injects the digoxin into the fluid surrounding the fetus under ultrasound guidance,” Giebink says. “The fetus doesn’t die immediately, which is why this is normally done one or two days beforehand. For the drug to be more effective, the abortionist can also inject the digoxin directly into the fetus, targeting either the body, heart, or the umbilical vein. Potassium chloride can also be used to kill the fetus more immediately. The fetus feels the needle piercing her body. Research shows that fetuses feel pain at 20 weeks and probably even earlier. This is why fetuses are given anesthesia for intrauterine fetal surgery. The fetus usually dies within 24 hours of the injection of digoxin. If the fetus doesn’t die within 24 hours, the injection can be repeated. Death is normally confirmed by ultrasound before the start of delivery.”

Two to three days later, the woman is given misoprostol to induce labor.

“Usually after 24 hours of starting the misoprostol, the woman will vaginally deliver the fetus,” Giebink continues. “If the woman is having trouble delivering, she may be given more misoprostol, or her cervix may be dilated with seaweed called laminaria for 1 or 2 days, or the procedure may convert to a surgical abortion, in which the fetus is removed intact or in pieces with forceps. Once the fetus and the placenta have been delivered, and the bleeding is under control, the abortion is complete.”

Risks again include perforation, laceration, infection, bleeding, and death.

Like the previous version of the Abortion Procedures videos, this series will surely change hearts and minds about abortion. The abortion industry often tries to hide the reality of the humanity of preborn children, or of what abortion actually entails. By exposing the truth, the abortion industry can no longer hide — and lives can be saved.

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Live Action was started in 2003, by one 15-year-old girl, Lila Rose, in her family’s living room – with the goal to expose what abortion does to the preborn child.  Lila worked with friends to make pro-life presentations to groups and shine a light on the reality of abortion.  Lila started undercover investigations in 2006, while at UCLA.  She was 18 at the time. In 2008, Live Action was legally formed as a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Later that year, with a few of her friends, Lila created and produced the first nationally televised undercover investigation of the abortion industry. Live Action exists today to shift public opinion on the killing of preborn children and defend the rights of these most vulnerable among us. Through compelling educational media, human interest storytelling, and investigative reporting, we reveal the humanity of the preborn and expose the abortion industry exploiting women for profit. With the largest and most engaged online following in the pro-life movement, Live Action is leading the transformation to end this grave human rights abuse.