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Support for abortion can be undercut when people learn what an abortion actually is.
An enterprising young pro-life woman, Lila Rose, is working hard to solve this problem. She and her team at liveaction.org have been producing powerful online videos to educate people as to what actually happens in an abortion. The videos are going viral in a major way and are receiving tens of millions of views.
I had the privilege this past weekend to hear Lila Rose as she addressed the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. (put on by Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council). She spoke about their latest video project and its incredible viewership.
The video project can be found at www.abortionprocedures.com. What the abortionists do in secret, Lila Rose aims to shout from the housetops.
When you visit the landing page of these videos, you have five menu choices. They are: D & E, aspiration, pills [e.g., RU486], induction, and “the story.” The first four videos deal with common forms of abortion. The D & E is addressed below. Aspiration refers to the high power suction type of abortion performed on first-trimester unborn babies—with suction machines 10 to 20 times more powerful than a vacuum cleaner. The “induction” method is performed on preborn babies, 25 weeks and older, and through the use of injection, they attempt to induce cardiac arrest of the unborn baby—who, at this stage, feels pain.
These videos are hosted by Dr. Anthony Levatino, an OB/GYN; and “the story” menu item features interview segments with Levatino himself. How did he, who once performed over 1,200 first and second trimester abortions, change, and why?
In one of the videos, he says, “One day, after completing one of those abortions, I looked at…