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February 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bernard Nathanson, the former abortionist turned top pro-life activist who is perhaps best known for his role in creating the pro-life video The Silent Scream, died at the age of 84 this morning after a lengthy battle with cancer, reports the National Catholic Register.
At one time Nathanson was deeply entrenched in the American pro-abortion movement, having co-founded the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) and overseen 75,000 abortions as director of an abortion clinic.
Nathanson’s high-profile conversion to the pro-life movement was sparked by the advent of the ultrasound machine in the early 1970s. He has related how he was moved to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn child after he watched an unborn baby recoil from a vacuum abortion device before being sucked from its mother’s womb.
Nathanson titled the video of this incident The Silent Scream and began using it to spread the pro-life message.
In an interview with the Washington Times in 2009 he explained: “My switch to pro-life had nothing to do with religion.” Instead he changed his mind purely “based on the scientific evidence … based on fetoscopies and ultrasound studies.”However, he subsequently converted to the Catholic faith.
Following his conversion Nathanson exposed the fact that he and NARAL often lied about key facts and figures in the effort to push the legalization and acceptance of abortion, saying that they were “guilty of massive deception.”
In a radio program in 2008 he explained, “We claimed that between five and ten thousand women a year died of botched abortions. The actual figure was closer to 200 to 300.”
“We also claimed that there were a million illegal abortions a year in the United States,” he continued, “and the actual figure was close to 200,000. So, we were guilty of massive deception.”
In the same 2008 program Nathanson lamented that increasingly abortion was being used as a form of birth control: “One of the myths that was fed to the public through the media was that legalizing abortion would only mean that abortions taking place illegally, would be done legally. But in fact, abortion is now being used primary as a method of birth control all over the world and in the USA too.”
Nathanson is the author of a number of books, including Aborting America, and his autobiography, The Hand of God.
In the Hand of God he related how he aborted one of his own children; he said: “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.”
However, Nathanson has been widely acknowledged as being one of the most influential and powerful forces in the pro-life movement in the last several decades.
Here is the famous video: The Silent Scream
His book: “The Hand of God”