New Mexico Abortion Clinic Lies About Fetal Pain
Live Action released their newest investigative video about the late term abortion industry on July 1. It seems fitting given that Texas has entered another special session to pass SB 5, which would ban abortions at 20-weeks in the Lone Star State. It once again features Dr. Carmen Landau, who received her medical credentials in Cuba. The video, which is cut like a trailer, features the staff at the Southwestern Women's Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico explaining to the Live Action investigator that the procedure will result in the delivery of a stillborn child.
First, they inject a chemical, which stops the baby's heart. At times, this injection is made in the child's cranium. It depends on the position of the baby. After a sonogram, which is used to confirm the child's death, the waiting process begins. If the aborted child is expelled too early, the counselor advises the investigator to just "sit on the toilet" and wait until their abortion room-service arrives.
Also, a counselor lies to the investigator concerning if her child would feel pain during the procedure.
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."
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.
Dr. Curtis Boyd, who co-owns Southwestern Women's Options, also runs Southwestern Women's Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas. The facility offers abortions up to 24 weeks, the state's legal limit.
Texas became an abortion battleground in June, with Governor Rick Perry calling a special legislative session to address the discovery of Douglas Karpen's Gosnell-like "House of Horrors" in Houston.