Testimony of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Co-Founder of NARAL

Dr. Bernard Nathanson

Left: Dr. Bernard Nathanson (L), ex-abortion provider and co-founder of NARAL, (known originally as The National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws), with Joseph Scheidler, Chicago Pro-Life Action League.

 Dr. Nathanson's testimony is powerfully described in his book The Hand of God, published in 1996 by Regnery Publishing.

Dr. Nathanson was the director of the Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health in New York City. In his two years in that position, he oversaw some 60,000 abortions. In addition, he performed some 5000 abortions with his own hands in private practice, and supervised residents in training who performed another 10,000 abortions. 

In The Hand of God, Dr. Nathanson writes, "I have aborted the unborn children of my friends, colleagues, casual acquaintances, even teachers" (p.61). He also aborted his own child. He writes, "Yes, you may ask me...[W]hat 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).

Dr. Nathanson eventually rejected abortion on scientific grounds. In December of 1996, he became a Catholic.

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