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I’m afraid there are a lot of people who’ve never even heard of Dr. Bernard Nathanson.  I’d like for you to know a little about him.  I’ll let him introduce himself.

I am personally responsible for 75,000 abortions.  This legitimises my credentials to speak to you with some authority on the issue.  I was one of the founders of the National Association for the Repeal of the Abortion Laws (NARAL) in the U.S. in 1968.

So begins Dr. Nathanson’s brief Confessions of an Ex-Abortionist.  After performing all those abortions, the doctor came to the unanticipated realization in the mid ’70s that abortion destroys a human life.  In 1984 he produced and narrated a documentary that stunned many of his former colleagues.  A portion of that video is embedded after the jump.

I find it interesting that Nathanson was not a Christian when he changed his mind about abortion (much later, in 1996, he did convert to Catholicism).  Instead, the dramatic change in his point of view was the result of discovering convincing medical and scientific evidence that human life begins at conception.

In 2001 Nathanson gave a more elaborate and riveting description of his life and work in the autobiographical book The Hand of God:

I have aborted the unborn children of my friends, colleagues, casual acquaintances, even teachers” (p.61).

He also aborted his own child.

Yes, you may ask me… What did you feel? Did you not feel sad — not only because you had extinguished the life of an unborn child, but, more, because you had destroyed your own child? I swear to you that I had no feelings aside from the sense of accomplishment, the pride of expertise. On inspecting the contents of the bag I felt only the satisfaction of knowing that I had done a thorough job. You pursue me: You ask if perhaps for a fleeting moment or so I experienced a flicker of regret, a microgram of remorse? No and no. And that, dear reader, is the mentality of the abortionist: another job well done, another demonstration of the moral neutrality of advanced technology in the hands of the amoral” (pp.60-61).

Below is a 5-minute clip from The Silent Scream, the 1984 video that shocked a lot of people when it was originally released.  (EDIT: Apparently the video was uploaded to YouTube illegally. Neither the embedded clip nor the link below work any more. If you can find a copy to purchase or rent, I recommend it, with the following caveat.)

Even though it’s dated, the video still makes its point.  Frankly, it’s pretty disturbing to watch.  The truth is often disturbing, though.  It’s actually not a bad thing to have your sleep disturbed when the house you’re in is on fire.

Here’s the full length video.