Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 11/14/2009 4:05:00 AM A video describing a first-trimester abortion -- produced by Priests for Life and published on YouTube -- has reached a milestone.
The YouTube video has been viewed more than a million times. Spokeswoman Janet Morana tells OneNewsNow that Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life plays host as he describes in direct but delicate terms just exactly what happens during an abortion.
Using a fetal model and actual tools of abortion, Pavone says "this instrument I have in my hands was actually used to kill babies in the way that I'm about to describe" -- adding that "this is the gruesome reality of what abortion is."
Morana says the frequency of the viewing of the three-minute video makes her group hopeful -- because the problem in society, she feels, is that the words "abortion" and "choice" have lost their meaning and people are not sure about what happens during an abortion.
"And so by people viewing this first-trimester [abortion] description...along with seeing those little fetal models -- that this is the size of the baby that's actually being ripped apart in this procedure -- I think it's heightening the awareness [to the point where people understand] this really is a well-formed child, even in the first trimester," she says.
Education, she adds, is one of the keys in the pro-life movement. "We have testimonies on our website of people who have seen this YouTube [video], who have seen the other graphic images and the procedures that we have available on the Priests for Life website...and we have testimonies that people have been converted."
Morana encourages people who encounter others who claim to be pro-abortion or "pro-choice" to motivate them to see the video.