A former mass killer, who valued life, dies aged 84.
There are 2 things I remember very vividly about Bernard Nathanson.
The first is that he intentionally lied about his 'great' liberating social cause in the '70s. He deliberately fabricated statistics in order to deceive public thinking, and it worked. The second is that he, as a mass killer, had the courage to admit that he was wrong - so very wrong.
Bernard Nathanson died very recently - he finally experienced what he had inflicted on thousands of people - but he died a changed man.
Read on ...
Dr. Bernard Nathanson was born in New York City in 1926 and became a medical doctor in 1949.
Rather than protecting, saving and caring for life, Nathanson became the director of CRASH - the Centre for Reproductive and Sexual Health which was the largest freestanding abortion facility in the world.
He was responsible for more than 75,000 abortions throughout his career as an abortion provider. (You may need to read that again; it's mind boggling).
That brings me to my first recollection of Nathanson - as I watched with numbness as he admitted he (and others) deliberately lied about the numbers of 'back yard abortion' deaths. They were, in reality, quite few in number but Nathanson inflated the figures to sway the public sympathetically towards abortion. He lied.
And it worked ... the public fell for it (after all, who needs proof?).
His 'big win' was to be Roe v Wade decision of the Supreme Court.
Nathanson's big win, however, was soon to plague his mind for the rest of his life and it came about because of new technology; the ultrasound to be exact. For it was during the use of this form of technology that Nathanson watched in shock at the death of a real 'baby'. During his observations of a 'live' abortion, Nathanson clearly saw the baby grimace in pain.
Such was the impact of this event that a documentary, called 'The Silent Scream', was produced; directed and narrated by Nathanson himself. The film depicts the baby in obvious pain and discomfort.
This brings me to my second strong impression, and recollection of Bernard Nathanson. And it is this: when we are proven to be wrong - we must not only acknowledge our error but not to be party to it again. Evil is always evil.
One wonders what actually happened within the soul and consciousness of this man; that day when he realised that so many thousands of lives had been lost. He was later to write in his 1996 autobiography, Hand of God, " I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age."
Later, he developed the "vector theory of life" which states that from the moment of conception there exists, " a self directed force of life that, if not interrupted, will lead to the birth of a human baby." (The Good Book has been teaching this for thousands of years.)
Nathanson became one of the founding members of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws and worked tirelessly for the legalisation of abortion in the USA.
Consider Nathanson's other quotes:
- Abortion is "the most atrocious holocaust in the history of the United States"
- ... "the dishonest beginnings of the abortion movement".
- “We can see the child moving rather serenely in the uterus. The child senses aggression in its sanctuary. We see the child's mouth wide open in a silent scream.”
In 1996, he converted to Roman Catholicism from being a "Jewish atheist".
Last month, Dr. Bernard Nathanson died of cancer, aged 84.