Dr Levatino tells Youth Conference how an abortionist became pro-life
7 March 2017
Dr Levatino speaking at the 2017 Youth Conference - the year which marks 50 years of legalised abortion in the UK.
This past weekend, a record 200 young people gathered from across the UK to listen to inspirational pro-life speakers, make new friends and learn how to reinvigorate the pro-life movement.
The keynote speaker was Dr Tony Levatino, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who performed abortions for eight years before he stopped in 1985, and became an inspirational pro-life advocate. Delegates listened with horror as he described the grisly process of a late term abortion, of which he performed over 1200. He also passed around the instruments which are used in the procedure.
Dr Levatino then shared how the death of his daughter Heather in 1985 led to him seeing the babies he was aborting as someone's son or daughter. He stopped performing abortions, and went on to become an outspoken advocate for the unborn. He has spoken all over the world, including in front of the US Congress. In fact, after leaving the conference, he flew to Ireland, where he spoke in front of the Citizen's Assembly, which is considering whether the pro-life Eighth Amendment should be repealed.
The young people gathered at the conference were greatly impressed by Dr Levatino's testimony, and the Q and A session wasn't long enough to satisfy them - he was constantly surrounded by eager questioners. His expertise as an experienced obstetrician was also very valuable - he dispelled myths around abortion when the mother's life is in danger, telling us that although there are frequently life-threatening complications in pregnancy, they occur in the late stages when an abortion would take far too long - instead the baby is safely delivered by emergency cesarean section.
The greatest human rights campaign of our time
Other highlights of the conference included:
- Fiorella Nash, who spoke on the necessity of a pro-life feminist position
- Alexandra Tompson, who explained the problems with screening for Down's syndrome
- Dr Anthony McCarthy, who explained how gender theory is a threat to the pro-life ethic
- Dr Patricia Morgan, who talked about how attacks on the family have led to the current situation with abortion
- Dr Joseph Meaney, who gave an inspiring closing speech, telling the young people: "if you are not involved in the pro-life movement, you are not part of the greatest human rights campaign of our time".
The conference attendees also had a chance to take part in workshops, and to hear about the great work being done by SPUC Scotland through Project Truth, and at the March for Life. There was also plenty of time to meet other young people, talk to all the people running stalls, and, of course, dance at the ceilidh!
More reviews, photos and videos will be posted in the coming days.
News in brief: