By Sarah Terzo
Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed over 1,000 abortions before becoming a pro-life advocate, describes a first-trimester suction aspiration abortion:
“The baby has a heartbeat, fingers, toes, arms, and legs, but its bones are still weak and fragile.
The abortionist takes a suction catheter… It’s clear plastic, about 9 inches long and it has a hole through the center. It is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The suction machine is then turned on with a force 10 to 20 times more powerful than your household vacuum cleaner.
The baby is rapidly torn apart by the force of the suction and squeezed through this tubing down into the suction machine, followed by the placenta.
Though the uterus is mostly empty at this point, one of the risks of a suction D&C is incomplete abortion, essentially pieces of the baby or placenta left behind. This can lead to infection or bleeding. In an attempt to prevent this, the abortionist uses a curette to scrape the lining of the uterus.
The curette is basically a long-handled curved blade. Once the uterus is empty, the speculum is removed and the abortion is complete.
The risks of suction D&C include perforation or laceration of the uterus or cervix, potentially damaging the intestine, bladder, and nearby blood vessels, hemorrhage, infection, and in rare instances, even death. Future pregnancies are also at a greater risk for loss or premature delivery due to abortion-related trauma and injury to the cervix.”