Today, Live Action released another investigative video centering on Dr. Carmen Landau of New Mexico. This is part of their prolonged investigation into the late-term abortion industry. For the past two months, the organization exposed the lurid details that pervades this underreported sector of American medicine. In fact, it's shown the nation that late-term abortionists are murdering babies that are viable outside the womb, which is a violation of federal law.
In the case of Dr. Landau, she likens killing a child to a "flu shot."
According to Live Action's press release:
the video features newly released recordings from Dr. Carmen Landau, of Southwest Women's Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a counselor employed at the same facility.
When asked by the Live Action investigator, "Is it a baby?," the counselor answers:
Well what – how – what do you consider a baby? It's definitely a fetus. ... Um, it depends what the term "baby" means to you, and how you perceive it.
When asked if the possibility of the pre-born baby feeling pain bothers her, the New Mexico counselor replies:
I feel that it's, um, necessary for the procedure to happen and, ultimately, um, safest, and kind of the most, kinda, humane way to do it, you know?
Abortion doctor Carmen Landau tells the investigator that the injection that will kill her baby is "like any shot, you know, like a flu shot, or a vaccine, really." Contrary to a large body of evidence, she alleges that babies in the womb do not feel pain or anguish from a poisonous injection, claiming that "it's not like you and I [sic] where when we get a flu shot, we're kind of, 'Ugh!' – not – that – that – that experience of anxiety and suffering is not – it [the baby]'s not capable of."
Lila Rose, President of Live Action, says she hopes to educate the nation on the true nature of abortion.
"These babies," said Rose, "whom Carmen Landau calls 'not a thinking being,' are unique and precious human persons. They feel, they dream, they grow...and when an abortionist tries to kill them with a needle or with forceps, they react. They fight for their lives, just as any of us would.
"Our investigation has exposed the disturbing willingness of abortionists to engage in illegal and inhuman acts," Rose said, "including misleading pregnant women, pushing them into abortion, and even infanticide. This is horrible, but Americans should know just as well the horrifying practices that are still legal, that we allow to happen every day."
The first half of Live Action's latest video details abortionists' estimation of the humanity of the unborn child. Abortionist Laura Mercer assures the investigator that her 24-week baby "doesn't even look like a baby yet." Live Action provides several images of premature babies born as early as 23 weeks.
LeRoy Carhart, the subject of Live Action's previous Inhuman video, is quoted as follows:
Well, in my heart and my mind, you know, life begins when the mother thinks it begins, not when anybody else thinks it begins. For some women, it's before they conceive; for some women, it's never. Even after they deliver, it's still a problem, not a baby.
Here's another "problem." Would you trust a doctor that received medical training in Cuba? That's where Landau got her credentials. A New York Times article from 2007 highlighted the fact that:
U.S. authorities have suggested, however, that it is unclear whether Americans who receive Cuban medical training can meet licensing requirements in the United States. The graduates will have to pass two exams to apply for residency at American hospitals, then eventually pass a third.
However, the piece also noted that some graduates of the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) have received residencies in American hospitals, but question still remain. Cat Wise of the PBS Newshour wrote in 2010 that "because many medical supplies, like advanced diagnostic equipment, are in short supply, students learn medicine the old-fashioned way: listening closely to a stethoscope, relying on their hands to feel for abnormalities."
So, when it comes to these grisly procedures, we have physicians – from schools that lack proper medical tools – conducting them. That sounds safe. Furthermore, you can't really call ELAM a medical school since it's tinged with communist philosophy. As Marc Lacey of the Times wrote back in 2006:
It was President Castro himself who in the late 1990s came up with the idea for this place, which gives potential doctors from throughout the Americas and Africa not just the A B C’s of medicine but also the basic philosophy behind offering good health care to the struggling masses.
The Cuban government offers full scholarships to poor students from abroad, and many, including 90 or so Americans, have jumped at the chance of a free medical education, even with a bit of Communist theory thrown in.
Landau, who's cited towards the end of the '07 Times article, admitted that Cuba "is a highly flawed system...after six years here I could go on and on regarding things that I think should be different." She went on to praise Michael Moore's Sicko, which was released at the time, as an outlet to begin discussions about reforming American health care. In the meantime, she'll abort some babies.