An Abortion Doctor Describes a D&E

In America, 12% of all abortions happen after 13 weeks (159,600 a year) Most of these are done by the D & E (Dilation/Dilitation and Evacuation) method.

Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levantino describes this type of abortion:

“Imagine for a moment that you are a “pro-choice” obstetrician-gynecologist as I once was. Your patient today is seventeen years old and she is twenty weeks pregnant. At twenty weeks, her uterus is up to her umbilicus and she has been feeling her baby kick for the last two weeks. If you could see her baby, she would be as long as your hand from the top of her head to the bottom of her rump not counting the legs. Your patient is now asleep on an operating room table with her legs in stirrups. Upon entering the room after scrubbing, you dry your hands with a sterile towel and are gowned and gloved by the scrub nurse.

The first task is remove the laminaria that had earlier been placed in the cervix to dilate it sufficiently to allow the procedure you are about to perform. With that accomplished, direct your attention to the surgical instruments arranged on a small table to your right. The first instrument you reach for is a 14-French suction catheter. It is clear plastic and about nine inches long. It has a bore through the center approximately 3/4 of an inch in diameter. Picture yourself introducing the catheter through the cervix and instructing the circulating nurse to turn on the suction machine which is connected through clear plastic tubing to the catheter. What you will see is a pale yellow fluid the looks a lot like urine coming through the catheter into a glass bottle on the suction machine. This amniotic fluid surrounded the baby to protect her.

With suction complete, look for your Sopher clamp. This instrument is about thirteen inches long and made of stainless steel. At one end are located jaws about 2 inches long and about an an inch wide with rows of sharp ridges or teeth. This instrument is for grasping and crushing tissue. When it gets hold of something, it does not let go.

A second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure. The baby can be in any orientation or position inside the uterus. Picture yourself reaching in with the Sopher clamp and grasping anything you can. At twenty weeks gestation, the uterus is thin and soft so be careful not to perforate or puncture the walls. Once you have grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard – really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about 4 to 5 inches long. Reach in again and grasp whatever you can. Set the jaw and pull really hard once again and out pops an arm about the same length. Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.

The toughest part of a D&E abortion is extracting the baby’s head. The head of a baby that age is about the size of a plum and is now free floating inside the uterine cavity. You can be pretty sure you have hold of it if the Sopher clamp is spread about as far as your fingers will allow. You will know you have it right when you crush down on the clamp and see a pure white gelatinous material issue from the cervix. That was the baby’s brains. You can then extract the skull pieces. If you have a really bad day like I often did, a little face may come out and stare back at you.”

Congratulations! You have just successfully performed a Suction D&E abortion. You just affirmed her right to choose. You just made $600 cash in fifteen minutes.

unborn baby at 20 weeks, at the typical age when this type of abortion is performed

Here is a diagram of the D&E procedure:

 View actual pictures of a D & E abortion.

You’ve read about a D&E abortion, but did you know that even early abortions are gruesome? Abortions before 13 weeks are done by suction curettage if they are done surgically and by RU-486 if they’re done medically. Read more about RU-486 abortions in this section.

In a suction curettage abortion, the cervix is dilated and the unborn baby is torn apart via suction. Here is a diagram of this kind of procedure.


See pictures of aborted babies at 20 weeks here, mostly aborted by D &E .

See pictures of babies aborted by suction.

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76 thoughts on “An Abortion Doctor Describes a D&E”

  1. This doctor’s first responsibility is to his patient – his first concern should be to his patient – the woman who came to have an abortion, and if he has not understanding of her plight, her suffering, or physical or mental dilemma, then he is not fit to be a doctor, and went into the profession for the wrong reason in the first place. He would have no feelings if he did not feel something about the fetus. One would hope that the woman would be able to have a baby sometime later when she chose to do so. But a second try-mester abortion is not about convenience, and this “doctor” should be well aware of that – it often is about a badly deformed fetus that would not live after birth, or a fetus endangering the health of the mother, of one entering the mental health of the mother because it was brought about through rape of incest. This “abortionist” is full of self-loathing and he means to take it and translate it to make all people feel loading towards all abortions – that does not work for me. I have known too many people who have had legitimate reasons. My relative had her life saved when her fallopian tube burst because the fetus attached itself to it, and she began to hemorrhage. She went the the ER, the fetus of course could not be saved, and she lost a tube and an ovary. It would be ridiculous to think that the fetus should have been saved while she was bleeding to death, because there was no way in heaven or hell it would have been saved. This man’s propaganda is meant to shock and horrify people and does not give a complete picture of abortion.

  2. I don’t know why people think they have any right to try to tell another person how to live.
    Nor do you have the right to try to make women feel guilty for their choice.

    What’s right for you, has no baring on anyone else.

    Making that choice is one of the hardest choices a woman will ever have to make.

    The nightmares, heartache and pain she feels, years down the line, do not effect you.

    So your opinion on what she should do, is irrelevant.

    1. The pain she feels?! what about the pain that little life feels when it is tore apart? Or just sucked up in a container for disposal of later with the trash? How about she makes the decision to take the pill or just not have sex or how about ADOPTION?

      1. Yes, the pain she feels…the pain that little 10 year old felt when her father ripped into her small hymen & raped her repeatedly, and now she’s pregnant. The pain that woman felt when she was held down by 2 men as she was brutally raped before being passed to the other two. The pain that woman feels knowing that the baby she’s carrying will be born dead, the pain that single mother of a 5 yr old feels being told that if she gives birth, it will kill her leaving her 5 year old w/out a parent.

    2. It is my business when innocent life is murdered in medical concentration camps. I have every right to help show women that there are better more life-giving choices than murder. We are simply exposing what abortion really is: murder. Ever since Lakisha Wilson was killed by abortion, I have been a pro-life activist so that abortion can never again harm women.

      1. It’s still none of your business. That’s like someone telling you not to smoke or not to eat junk food because it can make you fat or kill you. Whether you agree with it or not, NO woman should be forced to carry a fetus.

        1. No woman is being forced to carry a fetus unless they are raped which if they are then yes they should have the decision to have an abortion but if you get an abortion because you had a one night stand and forgot to use a condom or it broke, then that’s on you not on the baby and you should not have the option of murdering a child.

    3. You could not be more wrong. I feel so sorry for you. Listen to your heart and listen to yourself. You will come to your senses.

    4. If it isn’t a baby, why is it difficult? Why is it even a big deal? Because we all know it’s a baby. Its not her body. Its just in her body

  3. Our now beautiful 3 year old perfectly healthy girl was born in a crisis, very unexpected situation early at 29 weeks along. While she was still in the NICU I was at my parents house that night showing them pictures I had just taken of our beautiful little 2 pounder with tubes and a breathing machine. My brother was looking at them too and out of no where he steps out on the porch and begins to sob. He was trying to hide it from me but I could hear him. I asked my mom what was wrong with my brother and she told me that he and his girlfriend had chosen to abort my niece or nephew a couple years ago. Of course my parents were devistated but didn’t tell me beacuse we just had our baby in the NICU and didn’t want to cause me anymore emotional stress. I couldn’t believe it. My brother was out there sobbing because as he saw all of the pictures of our new tiny little baby girl it had just hit him that he murdered his own child. Since then I have learned I have lost two cousins from abortions and a brother/sister in law from abortion. Unbelievable. Jesus is the author of life. He doesn’t need doctors to tell him when life begins. Look at his marvelous creation. Jesus came here to die for us. At the time of his death, he died for the people who had already passed at that time, the people who were alive at that time, and for the future generations to come (THE UNBORN). I would hope that ANY soon to be mother would die for her child. I most certainly would and I almost did with my first. My body was literally shutting down but God blessed me and my husband and all is well and healthy in our house. He is so good. It is NEVER ok to abort, “KILL!” I DO NOT CARE WHAT CIRCUMSTANCE OR EXCUSE YOU GIVE. I’ve been there. We are truly blessed that God has created our bodies to hold his treasures; the gift of life.

  4. Humans make mistakes, an abundance of them. Some of you will never know the heartache and regret some feel after making a huge mistake, and I’d hope you’d never have to. Life is one big learning lesson and we can only hope that we all learn from our mistakes and try to better our lives. Peace be with all these beautiful babies who didn’t have the choice to bless our cruel world.

  5. I am 16 years old and pregnant. I have six months and a half and never has it crossed my mind to have an abortion. That is just horrifying and stupid, why would anyone kill a defenseless baby, to all those women that abort a child I can only simply ask them how can they live with themselves. What ever the mistakes we have done it is not the babies fault. Why get an abortion if you can give it in adoption, just give it a chance to live. Why would women kill their babies, they feel it kick and they know that something alive is in them and still they have the courage to tear it apart into tiny pieces. I almost cried when I read this and to think that many women actually do it. I’m just saying that even though I am young and pregnant, my baby deserves to live by my side. To all those women that get abortions, I just ask, Why?

      1. That is common argument and very terrible for everyone involved especially the woman and yes for the unborn baby if one is conceived. Rape doesn’t make it right to murder a soul created. That baby is still the innocent one in all this and killing it does not justify the action.+

      2. you know what sarah, rape is a tragic situation and I feel so bad for the woman who go through it, but that is never an excuse for murder, their is always adoption, or just keeping the baby, but never is murder okay, I don’t care what the reason is! Abortion is Murder and it is a legal crime that God will deal with!!!

  6. Very graphic, very clear: to earn $600 in only 15 minutes, surrender your sense of humanity, morals and compassion, dismember a defenseless, innocent human being, and go on to the next inconvenienced pregnant female. The barbarism of this act/procedure/crime turns the heart of the perpetrator to something akin to stone. It injures the patient, debases morality, breaks the Hippocratic Oath, and devalues life, family, motherhood, and society itself. If Public schools would show this article in Sex Ed classes, instead of teaching 5th graders how to roll a condom onto a banana, reality might make a comeback. Thank you for your informative writing/presentation.

  7. im 14 years old and im doing a research paper on abortion and after just reading this ,well i knew its wrong but i dont see why killing your own creation just because you cant take care of it is affective,i couldent live with my self if i did, theres always other options put the child up for adoption your killing your own family and even if you dont like the fact of adoption you still can get your child back once your ready dont be a killer and LET YOUR BABY LIVE! Just remember your child loves you no matter what and if you abort it you will never know just how much they do but if you just take that chance to love your own child do it let them know your a mother let them know you love them back. it was your choice to have sex and now let them have their life like there supposed to.
    -Sydney Elizabeth Hodges

    1. What if the fetus was compromising a woman’s health!? What if she would die if she didn’t have an abortion? What if it was a case of rape! What if she were 11 and completely unprepared and not ready?? Abortion is a right protected by the ninth amendment of the Constitution!!!!

      1. There’s always adoption. I understand that in some cases it may affect the mother’s health, but if indeed that isn’t the case and the mother is simply not ready, abortion should never be the answer. Always choose adoption. For all anyone knows, that baby could have had the cure for cancer.

        1. Um, hello. That doesn’t make any of her points any less valid. If this is a young girl, she could have complications during pregnancy, causing serious health concerns for the mother. If you value one life over another, does that really make you pro-life?
          Also you have no right to police someone else’s decision. For all you know adoption is not the best option for her.
          I’ve been in foster care, and I can tell you first hand that there is no surplus of good homes. This is not your body that could have complications, it is not your life (which is forever changed by a child), it is not your wallet (you have no idea of knowing how financially capable this mother is), this is not you. Stop policing someone else’s life.

          1. Would you police me if I decided to kick my dog to death for pooping on my nice carpeting? How about if I decided to lock my four-year-old in a closet for two weeks because she wouldn’t eat her food, or if I decided to shoot my grandmother in the head because she has Alzheimer’s disease, would you look the other way? Should I tell you to mind your own business and stop policing me?
            If a woman is raped, there is no reason to wait longer than one day to get a rape kit and the morning after pill.
            If a woman’s health or life is in danger, have a c-section or induce labor, and gently and kindly remove the baby and try to humanely save him/her. There in no need to be brutal with an innocent baby. I would never dare ignore any kind of abusive behavior and neither should you.

      2. An OBGYN told me that less than 1% of abortions that occur in the U.S. are performed for the life of the mother or because of a rape. So I guess that is a 1% who needs more care than is given from an abortion. The real problem I think is not that women want to have an abortion, It is other people who want them to have an abortion. I don’t believe she is acting within her rights when she gets an abortion. I believe she is acting in fear and allowing others to govern what her rights are. (i.e. parents who don’t think it is within her best interest to have children, Doctors who need a paycheck, partners to don’t want to assume responsibility, work places who don’t want to invest in a worker being gone for three months, ect…)

      3. and just a reply to what you said, okay, yes EVERY body has a choice, and 11 year old should not performing intercourse for one.! in a case of a rape, it’s not the babies fault.! the only I “guess” appropriate time for an abortion is the lives of the mother, and baby or mother are in danger. There isn’t really a good, or right time to kill another human.! I don’t care what anyone else says, at the time of conception, through gestation, and the fetal stages of the fetus is alive and is a human being, the baby has a heart and can feel pain.! —

        1. yall need jesus. Hes the answer. In the bible not once does it mention aborion. But multple times it does mention adaption.

      4. Give me an example of a time that you know of that a woman died because she did not have an abortion. Newspaper article with date or news clip with date. Truth is, medical technology is so advanced today they can 99.999% of the time they can take care of the mother just fine. The phrase “for the health of the mother.” If a mother has cancer during a pregnancy, she is still likely to die from it after the pregnancy. Rape? So now the mother that became a victim of violence becomes the attacker herself and victimizes another innocent person? That makes sense. The baby is still precious and can be put up for adoption. Rape, is no excuse. Age 11? Can you give me an example of a story you have read about at age 11? Again, even if and when that happens, she doesn’t need to be ready to be a mother, she can give it up for adoption. If you are going to make an arguement, base it on factual cases. Truth is, most abortions happen to babies that are healthy and moms that are healthy. Look it up. I understand crisis pregnancies first hand, but we can always survive them and get through them. Our greatest difficulties can be our biggest blessings if we look at them through eyes of thankfulness. I testify personally as I sit here and type while my unwanted pregnancy with red curly hair is suckling from my breast. Earlier today she was watching me blow bubbles with bubble gum and she is only 7 weeks old. I love her and enjoy her every day. She is cute, chubby and innocent as can be. Anybody that speaks on behalf of being anti-abortion is only trying to help women from making the biggest mistake of their life.

        1. What about that recent case in Ireland where a woman died from Sceptacaemia because the baby had died inside her but for some reason by the rules in heavily anti-abortion Ireland, the dead baby wasn’t removed and the mother died?

          Also many women over the centuries took their own lives as they had no access to abortion. You really need to do your research.

          And to those callous, selfish inhumane people like yourself who say rape is ‘no excuse’, how about YOU or your MOTHER or your daughter is raped, then forced to carry the result of thasat crime and the bad seed inside of her, and be raped all over again every day for 9 months including when the bad seed is born? Its alright for YOU to say its ‘no excuse’, but when you’ve been BRUTALLY RAPED, it is inconceivable that some lowlife wants you to carry it. Rape IS an excuse, it IS A REASON. Unless you are a cold-hearted MONSTER and totally ignorant and selfish.

          As to adoption, I’m AGAINST ADOPTION. Adoption is WRONG. It is evil. It causes more heartache for the mother, and for the child who is forever wondering why he/she was given up, and for the adoptive parents who dread the day their adopted child wants to find their real parents. Adoption DESTROYS families. Adoption is NO EXCUSE. It is NO ANSWER. It is evil. It destroys more families and lives than abortion does, abortion is far, far more preferable than an unwanted whose life is destroyed and shuffled from foster home to foster home to foster home. Many would prefer to not have been born at all, because that is no life at all. The world is overpopulated, there are FAR TOO MANY children waiting to be adopted (some aged 14+) and not enough adoptees. Because it is AGAINST NATURE to want to adopt something that isn’t your dna. Adoption is wrong, evil and should be made illegal.

          Abortion should always be legal and safe. Anyone who sees the world ONLY in “black and white” and not the gray areas that life is, is delusional. Life is NOT black and white. Wake up and grow up. Anyone who would force a woman to carry a bad seed from a VIOLENT CRIME like a RAPE, is sick, evil, and twisted and since they are heartless monsters, should have been terminated themselves because the world has too many cruel, selfish, heartless people.

          1. I think that is called septicemia and it is a form of bacteria that attacks your own body. Therefore, regardless if she was pregnant or not she would have died. The reason she died is because the doctors didn’t catch it early enough, delivering the baby wouldn’t of helped. 2nd response to your second point is that more women are dying because of abortion and the physical number is quite high, and that’s just those that are reported, many of which are concealed. If not physical, many are dying an emotional, mental and spiritual death because of having one. 3rd point, regarding rape….I am not selfish, as I just carried an unplanned pregnancy to term and chose life in a crisis situation. It’s clearly the most unselfish thing I could have done. How can you justify in your own argument that it is wrong to be brutally attacked by a rapist, but then turn around and brutally attack an innocent baby in the womb? In what world is that OK? Our greatest blessings can come from our most difficult hardships. Women are strong, we don’t have to collapse our moral standard because something was done to us. We have the power to take something that was meant for evil and turn it into something good. The baby a bad seed? A baby in a loving, nurturing ,environment can be a beautiful thing. The baby doesn’t have to remind the mother of the rape. As my baby looks and smiles into my eye, I am not reminded who the sire was. My love for this precious baby far outweighs the memories of 9 months ago. My baby doesn’t even look like the sire. I see only love and innocence in her eyes. I can testify to the truth, because I faced my fire and walked through it. I thought my baby was going to come out black. I have 6 blonde children. I had a lot of fear of “What would people think?” in my small community. She came out a curly red head. We dream up in our heads that our situations are going to be so difficult that we make decisions to kill? Come on, women are much stronger than that. Since when does a women’s rights group think so little of women? Are we born cowards? Next point, abortion is not safe. 100% of babies die from it. With the recent news and all the botched abortions, seriously. Your perspective on abortion is completely flawed. Look at those that have been adopted: President Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Jamie Fox, Tim McGraw, Steve Jobs, John Lennon, The Babe, Nelson Mendella, Willie Nelson…..ya…go tell them that it would have been better if they were aborted. The link to this is on this site. There is absolute Truth in this world. Maybe not black and white, but there is right and wrong. If it’s wrong to kill someone in a gas station, it’s wrong to kill someone on a sidewalk, or a bus, or on a table. It’s not about location…6 inches from being in utero to out of utero on the table.

          2. The foster care system is a different argument altogether. There are tons of families that have been waiting for years for a newborn. My sister has adopted 11 black children. If more people, like you would adopt from the foster care system…there wouldn’t be a problem in the foster care system:) So don’t complain about something if you are not willing to be part of the solution. Newborn babies are in such high demand in this country that our own citizens have to go overseas to adopt and give all that money to China and other countries. Meanwhile, we have scientists that want to take the eggs from aborted babies, so they can grow babies to be adopted! Of course not all adopted situations are easy and perfect, but ALL parenting comes with challenges whether the children are bio or not. When in life is everything suppose to be perfect and easy. Life is hard, you need to grow up and face it. Killing a baby in utero is only a temporary fix, before life throws you the next curve ball. Learn how to hit it and run forward with all your power. Don’t just cower to the pressure.

          3. How can you say that adoption ruins families and is evil? That is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard! Adoption gives a child a chance to thrive and live the life they wouldn’t have been allowed to live otherwise – and in your opinion: no life at all…

            My grandma had two babies before she got married, when she was quite young. No one knew, including my grandpa, until I was five… Let’s see… that was when my oldest aunt would have been around FORTY years old!!! Regardless, both of my aunts lived happy and fulfilled lives (I know, some people aren’t so lucky – but some people don’t live happy lives in their own biological homes, either. I know plenty, including my mother, who can attest to that). Anyway, my oldest aunt decided to search for her biological mom (and dad – never found him and doesn’t care to, I don’t think) and her sister. It took her a while, but when she found us, it caused some family drama (I was only four, so to me it was just like meeting another family member), but we all got over it.

            I love my aunt and I’m so thankful that she found me. I don’t have a large family, so it is such a BLESSING to have her in my life. I’m so happy my grandma chose to give her up, rather than abort her. I’m sure I would feel a hole in my heart because my aunt fills so much of my heart.

            My aunt has told me that she is thankful for her adoptive family, but now, we are also her family. Sure, it’s a little more complicated than your run-of-the-mill family situation, but whose family is normal? She gets along fine with her adoptive family, for your information. And, of course, someone who knows they’re adopted would want to find their biological family (often for health reasons – my aunt has some doozy health problems. The reasons you give for adoption being evil are, I’m sorry, not good enough to warrant abortion.

            Sorry, this was a bit all over the place, but I’m very passionate about adoption. I, for one, feel a great pull and duty to adopt a child moreso than I feel the need to have my own biological family.

          4. You’re incorrect. I was adopted. I was abused, I was neglected, I suffered, and I contributed to the ills of society. And guess what? Here I am: utterly grateful that I’m alive, amazed by the blessings that have followed so closely behind my trials,as though I suffered merely to carve out room for my triumphs. Life is beautiful; there is hope. Please leave the darkness that shrouds you…

      5. If the fetus is compromising the woman’s health or life, have the doctor perform a c-section, gently remove the baby and kindly take care of him/her as best as possible. No need to be brutal and tear the child apart. This child feels pain.

        If a woman is raped, have her take the morning after pill, provide her with a rape kit, and then file charges and put the rapist in jail. There is no need for a raped woman to wait weeks or months before killing an unborn baby.

        God thought the safest place for an unborn baby to grow would be in the mother’s uterus. Was he wrong?

        1. “If a woman is raped, have her take the morning after pill, provide her with a rape kit, and then file charges and put the rapist in jail.”

          Are you serious right now? Did you really think it was that easy? Did you know only 2% of rapists are convicted and put in jail? I’m guessing no.

          In your opinion, that’s what God thought. In my opinion, I don’t make my choices based on religion. It’s unfair of you to throw that in someone’s face and not have any other argument besides “God said, so obviously it’s the right answer.”

          I’m a 21 year old female, in the middle of university and saving money to go towards a down payment on a house. If I were to find out I was pregnant, I can’t say what I would do, because I’ve never been in that situation before. I do know that I am in no place to raise a child, mentally or financially, and I feel very fortunate to have a legal, safe, and covered by taxes option available to me if I were to choose to terminate the pregnancy. Sometimes, the situation wouldn’t allow someone to even go through with the 9 months of pregnancy, if they wanted to have someone adopt.

          Abortion is ultimately the woman’s own, personal choice and she should never ever have that right taken away from her or made to feel guilty for it. Especially not with religion if she is not even religious.

        2. Rape is not the answer. If a women is raped and then a few months later turns around and murders her baby then she is no better.

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