"If I'm doing a procedure and I'm in fear that it's about to come to the umbilicus [navel], I might ask for a second set of forceps to pull the body at the cervix and pull off a leg or two, so it's not PBA [partial-birth abortion]," says Dr. Ann Schutt-Aine, Director of Abortion Services at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, with clinical matter-of-factness.
Partial-birth abortion is illegal in the United States, and involves delivering a live, late-term child up to the neck, sticking scissors into the back of his neck, and vacuuming out his brains until he goes limp. Banned in 2003, Schutt-Aine explains how she avoids violating the law: by pulling "a leg or two" off the baby before he's delivered up to the neck.
The baby is alive the whole time and feels everything.
A child of 20-weeks' gestation"is fully capable of experiencing pain," confirms Dr. Robert J. White, professor of neurosurgery at Case Western University. "Without question, [abortion] is a dreadfully painful experience for any infant subjected to such a surgical procedure."
In fact, doctors say the unborn feel pain more acutely than adults. This is a "uniquely vulnerable time, since the pain system is fully established, yet the higher level pain-modifying system has barely begun to develop," explains Dr. Paul Ranalli, a neurologist at the University of Toronto.
A video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) Friday was up for only a few hours before it was yanked from YouTube. A judge had issued a gag order on the video last year, after the National Abortion Federation sued CMP to block the damning footage.
Since then, copies have sprung up on Facebook, LiveLeak and other video platforms — only to be pulled. It's likely a matter of time before Vimeo also removes the damning footage, which shows Planned Parenthood executives laughing about ripping apart live babies in the womb, and admitting to making a profit off of it.
Dr. Paul Blumenthal, Medical Director Emeritus of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, admits, "I know Planned Parenthood sells a lot of stuff to people" — referring to aborted babies' parts.
And Deb VanDerhei, National Director of the Consortium of Abortion Providers, concedes that she can't stop people from making a profit off the industry. "But the truth is that some might want to do it for, to increase their revenues, and we can't stop them."
"An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross!" says Dr. Uta Landay, Founder of the Consortium of Abortion Providers, followed by audience laughter.
Please share the video far and wide in case it gets pulled again.