New Live Action video shows abortionist misleading on fetal pain
posted at 8:01 am on July 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Live Action has a new undercover video out today, in which a 27-weeks-pregnant undercover reporter goes back to the same clinic and same abortionist featured in their previous video. In that earlier episode, Dr. Carmen Landau likened a late-term abortion injection that kills a baby to “a flu shot.” This time, Landau once again can’t answer whether a child can feel pain at the 27th week of gestation, even though it’s clearly established that the entire neural network for pain has developed by the 20th week.
Even more remarkably, Landau tells the Live Action reporter that a late-term abortion — which involved injecting poison into the uterus, killing the child, and leaving it there for more than two days — is safer than a full-term delivery. Kermit Gosnell’s victims probably disagree:
Live Action has released the sixth video in its latest undercover investigation, Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Abortion Industry. The video, found at www.liveaction.org/inhuman, exposes abortion doctors at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico revealing disturbing aspects of the facility’s protocol, including the practice of leaving women alone in hotel rooms to deliver their dead children.
An unnamed counselor at the facility advises Live Action’s 27-week-pregnant investigator:
If we can’t catch it [delivery of the dead baby – the final stage of the abortion procedure] early enough, which has happened … then you’ll want to unlock the door to the hotel room, get your cell phone, and just sit on the toilet. You don’t have to look at anything … you can stay on the phone with us until the doctor and nurse get there[.]
Dr. Carmen Landau echoes this advice, telling the Live Action investigator to “sit on the toilet” and “unlock the hotel room.” “Just sit there,” Landau says, “and you would not move until we come and get you.”
Here’s the “doctor” trying to duck the issue of fetal pain at 27 weeks:
The new video also presents an abortion counselor offering misleading information on whether the 27-week pre-born child will feel the lethal abortion injection. “[If the baby]‘s bottom-down, it’ll insert through the baby’s bottom, [and] if it’s head-down, it’ll be inserted through the cranium.”
“I don’t know if it’s developed enough to feel that,” she says. “It might be.” The Live Action video includes references to K.S. Anand, an expert on fetal pain, and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, showing that pre-born children at 20 weeks and older definitely feel pain – likely more acutely than older children do.
Landau seems as well-informed an oddsmaker as she is a physician.
Update: I originally had the abortionist’s first name as “Carol”; it’s Carmen. I’ve corrected it above.