Horrific, little-known abortion method: Cut the umbilical cord and wait for cardiac arrest

By Nancy Flanders

Exsanguination is a little-known form of abortion no one seems to talk about – until recently. By definition, exsanguination is the action of draining a person, animal, or organ of blood. Apparently, based on the testimony of an abortionist who has aborted preborn children for 50 years, it’s also a way to kill children before they are born by cutting the umbilical cord… and waiting.

Abortionist Dr. Forrest Smith says he has committed over 50,000 abortions, and recently testified in support of pro-life undercover Center for Medical Progress investigators David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt during their criminal preliminary hearing. Smith stated that babies are “no question” being born alive so their organs can be harvested. During his testimony, Smith admitted that abortion is killing, saying, “You can kill a human being, which I admit abortion is, but you have to do it in certain ways.”

One of the ways Planned Parenthood abortionists are allegedly aborting children in order to secure intact bodies and organs to sell to researchers is the illegal partial-birth abortion (D&X) method. Smith, however, seems uninterested in committing the illegal abortion procedure and found a way to get around the law: exsanguination.

According to LifeSiteNews, Smith testified that he extracts and cuts the umbilical cord and then “watches with my ultrasound” for the preborn child’s heart to stop beating. He said that this usually takes “six-and-a-half to seven minutes.” It’s an abortion procedure he has been using for 25 years. And he’s not the only one.

Former Planned Parenthood Metro Health Center abortionist Leah Torres made headlines in 2018 with a now-deleted tweet stating that “fetuses can’t scream” because she “transect[s] the cord 1st so there’s really no opportunity.” Torres had also worked for Rocky Mountain Women’s Health Center at the time.

While the infamous tweet wasn’t specific about which cord she cut – the spinal, the umbilical, or the vocal – Torres later cleared that up a followup tweet. “Oh! Yeah, no… the ‘cord’ is the umbilical cord. That’s basic anatomy, come on,” she wrote.

Torres lost her job because her employer said she violated a provision of her contract requiring her to uphold a “professional reputation.” She sued three media outlets for defamation, saying she was forced to relocate out of Utah to find a job.