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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - After months of undercover work, pro-life advocates are being handed a powerful tool to help in the fight to end abortion.
Priests for Life and Abortion Free New Mexico have been working for several months, contacting abortion mills to find out the willingness of abortion doctors to kill healthy and viable babies. They have found over and over that abortionists are willing to kill healthy babies of healthy mothers, noting, rather, the abortionists prefer healthy mothers owing to the reduced risks of complications.
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, told Church Militant Tuesday's webcast at 9 p.m. ET will "put into the hands of pro-life activists this new tool for them to use to wake up their fellow citizens to the reality of late-term abortion."
"We want people to download the recordings and transcripts and share them far and wide, in their churches, on social media and in whatever other way they can," Pavone related.
"We want pastors to preach about this and candidates to be challenged in town hall meetings," Fr. Pavone said. Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico and Irene Zamorano, a member of Silent No More Awareness Campaign, will be guests on the webcast. Shaver personally made the phone calls.
In fact, the late-term abortion procedure is more dangerous for the mother and deadly for the baby. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, told Congress in 2012, "In most such cases, any attempt to perform an abortion 'to save the mother's life' would entail undue and dangerous delay in providing appropriate, truly life-saving care."
Levatino explains that a cesarian delivery is the safest and fastest way to save the mother and the baby.
In contrast, the late-term abortion procedure lasts for four to five days. A foreign object is first inserted to dilate the cervix, increasing the risk of a deadly blood infection and an injection is given through the abdomen to the baby's heart to stop it beating. The woman then waits for a day or two to deliver her dead baby — just as she would have if she gave birth to a live baby.
The calls revealed that abortion mill staff downplay any pain the baby feels when their chest wall is pierced with a needle. Pavone disagrees, explaining that babies can feel "intense pain." In an interview he had with Dr. Steven Zielinski, an internal medicine physician and researcher on fetal pain, he said babies show "full body aversive responses" to painful stimuli.
"To say that these babies aren't feeling pain is ridiculous," Dr. Zielinski said. He explained that an open mouth or a full body jerk shows responses to pain are not simple reflexes, saying, "They have to be coordinated at a higher level." He added, "We know this by observing the electrical, mechanical, hormonal and full body responses of these children."
Father Pavone noted that as early as the 1980s the medical community "recognized the barbarity of not using anesthesia on infants, newborns and premature children during surgery." He compared this to how comatose or brain-damaged patients are cared for, saying, "Modern medicine has ways [to] monitor their response to pain and is obligated to treat that pain."
Father Pavone is at the Congressional briefing where the Senate will be discussing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Tuesday and Wednesday. If it becomes law, and babies from 20 weeks gestation are protected, Fr. Pavone told Church Militant, "The work of the movement after that will be to continue with the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, which would protect children even younger than 20 weeks, from any procedure involving dismemberment."
Father Pavone also blasted the allegations that he was being investigated, saying, "Nothing had to be investigated because nothing was secret," adding it was all a "smokescreen." He said, "Some in the Church oppose my work, pure and simple and wanted to use this against me," adding, "They are the ones who in the long run will pay the price in the public arena and before God for their utter cowardice in the midst of a holocaust."
He said the incident involved a lot of misunderstanding and some were more concerned that the baby was on the altar than that the baby had been killed," noting, "The baby was buried in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Priests for Life in a ceremony that had been planned all along."
Use of graphic images of victims of abortion is often used during pro-life advocacy. Dr. Monica Miller, the national director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, is a strong proponent of showing them and has personally taken many of the pictures pro-lifers use during vigils. She told Church Militant, "Keep them hidden, never show them; they will always remain silent. That's wrong."