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Converted abortionist Nathanson dead at 84

American obstetrician Bernard Nathanson, who said he had supervised 60,000 abortions before converting to the Catholic faith, has died at 84.

  • United States
  • February 23, 2011
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Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, an obstetrician who said that he had supervised over 60,000 abortions before becoming a leading pro-life advocate and a convert to the Catholic faith, died at his home in New York Feb. 21 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

After performing his last abortion in 1979 and declaring himself to be pro-life, Nathanson produced the 1985 film The Silent Scream, which shows sonogram images of a child in the womb shrinking from an abortionist’s instruments, the National Catholic Register reports.

Dr. Nathanson helped found the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now NARAL Pro-Choice America) in 1969 and served as its medical adviser, the New York Times says.

After abortion was legalized in New York in 1970, he became the director of the Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health, which, in his talks as an abortion opponent, he often called “the largest abortion clinic in the Western world.”

In a widely reported 1974 article in The New England Journal of Medicine, “Deeper into Abortion,” Dr. Nathanson described his growing moral and medical qualms about abortion. “I am deeply troubled by my own increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.”

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Bernard Nathanson Dead at 84 (National Catholic Register)

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