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The March for Life - 01/23
By Rich Trzupek
Once again, hundreds of thousands of Pro-Life Americans gathered in Washington D.C. last Friday to remember the millions of lives that have been cut short through abortion since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v Wade decision on Jan. 22, 1973.
Forty-six years after that fateful day, it may be instructive to take a look back at the events that led up to Roe v Wade. What better way to do that than to do so through the eyes of one of the leaders of the movement the so-called “abortion rights” movement at the time?
The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, along with the Lawrence Lader and Betty Friedan, was a key figure in founding the National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws. NARAL, as it was known, was the driving force behind the pro-choice movement in the late sixties and early seventies. It is not an exaggeration to say that NARAL is as responsible for legitimizing the practice of fetal murder in America as 7 of the justices of the 1973 Supreme Court.
Nathanson would later switch sides, becoming Pro-Life after witnessing a real-time abortion using ultra-sound imaging. He was horrified, starting a personal journey that not only resulted in him becoming a fierce abortion opponent but also joining the Catholic church.
The doctor accepted responsibility for over 70,000 abortions, some of which he performed himself and some of which he supervised. He never ducked his responsibility for taking those lives and deeply regretted doing so until the end of his own in 2011.
He would later recount some of the deceptive tactics that he, Lader, Friedan and other members of NARAL used to legitimize abortion in the eyes of the public, the media and politicians. The following is taken from an article Nathanson wrote for the Catholic News Agency after his conversion:
“We persuaded the media that the cause of permissive abortion was a liberal enlightened, sophisticated one. Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls. We announced to the media that we had taken polls and that 60 percent of Americans were in favor of permissive abortion. This is the tactic of the self-fulfilling lie. Few people care to be in the minority.
“We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000 but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200 - 250 annually. The figure constantly fed to the media was 10,000. These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans convincing many that we needed to crack the abortion law.
“Another myth we fed to the public through the media was that legalizing abortion would only mean that the abortions taking place illegally would then be done legally. In fact, of course, abortion is now being used as a primary method of birth control in the U.S. and the annual number of abortions has increased by 1,500 percent since legalization.”
Forty-six years later, nobody remembers the lies that NARAL foisted on the gullible in order to get them to accept an inherently evil agenda. In fact, the opposite is true. Millions of pro-choice advocates are certain that tens of thousands of women were dying each year before Roe v Wade and that the decision did nothing to increase the number of abortions that were occurring anyway.
Nathanson specialty was obstetrics and gynecology. He would become director of an obstetrics unit at a large New York hospital. In that position, he was at the forefront of the science of fetology: The study of human fetuses in the womb. He wrote this with regard to that topic:
“A favorite pro-abortion tactic is to insist that the definition of when life begins is impossible; that the question is a theological or moral or philosophical one, anything but a scientific one. Fetology makes it undeniably evident that life begins at conception and requires all the protection and safeguards that any of us enjoy.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.