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Counter abortion with love, says 40 Days for Life prayer launch speaker


  • OB/GYN and former abortion provider Dr. Anthony Levatino addresses attendees at the prayer launch for the Massachusetts' 40 Days for Life Campaign, Feb. 26. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe
  • Father Michael McNamara, part-time parochial vicar at St. Paul Parish in Hingham and director of Servants of Christ Ministries in Scituate, celebrates the Mass for the 40 Days prayer launch at Betania II retreat house, Feb. 26. (Pilot photo/Mark Labbe)

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MEDWAY -- Speaking at the prayer launch for Massachusetts' 40 Days for Life Campaign, Dr. Anthony Levatino, an OB/GYN and a former abortion provider, detailed what an abortion actually entails.

A community-based campaign, 40 Days for Life calls on participants to pray, fast, and peacefully protest and hold vigils outside of abortion clinics for 40 days. While the prayer launch was held on Feb. 26, the campaign officially began on March 1 and will continue until April 9.

Addressing approximately 200 people at the Betania II Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center in Medway Feb. 26, Levatino began by asking the attendees to put themselves in his shoes for a moment.

"I want you to imagine that you're an obstetrician gynecologist like me. I want you to imagine you're a pro-choice obstetrician gynecologist like I used to be," he said.

"Your patient is 17 years old (and) she's 20 weeks pregnant... She's been feeling her baby kick for two weeks, but now she's asleep on an operating room table and you're there to help her with her problem," he continued.

He went on to describe in detail the process of the surgical abortion, which can involve the dismembering of the unborn baby.

"Congratulations, you've just successfully performed a second trimester D and E (dilation and evacuation) abortion. You've just affirmed her right to choose. You've just made $800 cash in 15 minutes," said Levatino.

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