Dr. Bernard Nathanson was one of the founding members of NARAL and the director of one of the Nation’s largest abortion facilities in the 1970s. In the late 60s and early 70s he helped his fellow abortion advocates lie about fetal development and illegal abortion statistics in order to push for legalized abortion. He as said that he is personally personally responsible for the killing of 75,000 unborn children, personally killing thousands himself, including one of his own.
But, thank God, that’s not where his story ends. In 1979, largely thanks to new ultrasound technology, he had a pro-life conversion and has been fighting for life ever since. His most famous and effective contribution to the pro-life movement is the documentary The Silent Scream, which shows the abortion of a 12 week old unborn child who appears to “scream” in pain as he is being killed.
In this video he did for a campaign in South Dakota a few years ago, you can see, even after all these years, how deeply remorseful he his about his past:
Bernard Nathanson died this Monday at the age of 84. Nathanson was baptized Catholic in 1996. His godmother, Joan Andrews Bell, said (source)
“He will be remembered as a very strong advocate for the babies. One factor stood out, knowing him over the years, and that was that he had a deep pain for what he had done in terms of abortion. I remember there were periods he was fasting; he underwent huge amounts of fasting to make up for it.”
Hopefully he is now enjoying his reward in heaven!
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.