A Sutter Middle School teacher who recently aired graphic abortion videos (below) to students during a sex-education class is in hot water with the Sacramento City Unified School District.
The district launched an investigation following complaints from parents whose children had seen the videos, which depict how abortions are performed during various stages of pregnancy. The videos are narrated by physician and anti-abortion activist Anthony Levatino, who describes in detail the process for performing the procedures and urges viewers to “protect the pre-born.”
The classroom presentation, shown earlier this month, included a music video titled “Can I Live?” in which the artist thanks his mother for her decision to forgo an abortion.
School district spokesman Alex Barrios said Tuesday that the videos are “completely inappropriate for the classroom” and fail to “meet the district’s approved family life and sexuality curriculum.”
Parents told The Bee that the teacher is Jenny Thomas, whose specialty is science. Among their responsibilities, science teachers are tasked with educating students about family life and human sexuality. Parents described Thomas as a good teacher, and said they believed she has never used the videos in previous classes.
The series of YouTube videos featuring Levatino demonstrating how doctors perform abortions in the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy. In the first trimester, Levatino says, a suction machine is activated and “the baby is rapidly torn apart.” The video features a graphic depiction of a fetus being destroyed.
Levatino tells his audience that he performed hundreds of abortions before having an epiphany. “I looked at the remains of a pre-born child whose life I had ended, and all I could see was someone’s son or daughter,” he says.
He hosts similar presentations of abortions in the second and third trimester, describing how the fetus’s head “is grasped and crushed” in the process.
The videos also cite risks and complications of pregnancies, including the possibility of death to the mother.
The “Can I Live?” video, directed by rapper Nick Cannon, thanks his mother for deciding against aborting him when she became pregnant as a teenager.
Full story at Sacramento Bee.