The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind by Bernard NathansonThe Hand of God is a memoir from a former abortionist who was pivotal in legalizing abortion in America. Dr. Bernard Nathanson was a cofounder of NARAL, now the NARAL pro-choice America, formerly the national Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. Nathanson campaigned to make abortion legal and then ran one of the biggest abortion clinics in the country. After working at the clinic for many years, and supervising all the doctors, as well as performing many abortions himself, he became convinced that abortion was the taking of a life. Breakthroughs in fetal development research and embryology drove his conversion, which was not motivated by religious teachings. He became a famous pro-life activist, and produced the movie The Silent Scream, which showed an unborn baby being aborted in the womb, recorded on ultrasound. The film was very controversial and converted many peoples of the pro-life cause. It can still be found online in various places.
In this book, Dr. Nathanson talks about his life, from his childhood to his adulthood. Since in another book, Aborting America, he chronicled his fight to legalize abortion and his work at the abortion clinic, he only brushes over that in this book. He talks more about his pro-life conversion and his pro-life activities. He discusses filming the silent scream, and describes what it was like being in the pro-life movement. Its more of a memoir than an actual pro-life book I thought, it is more of a biography or autobiography rather. Dr. Nathanson converted to Catholicism several years before he died. Therefore, he discusses his conversion in his book and gives his reasons for becoming a Catholic. He believes that God drew him into the Catholic fold, but the religious content of the book is not too overpowering. Therefore, it can be read by anyone – I am a non-Christian but I still feel I got a lot out of the book.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in the abortion debate, or anyone interested in Dr. Nathansons life and the reasons why he he made the tremendous transitions that he did – first from vehemently pro-choice to pro-life, then for an atheist to a Catholic. The book captures his life very effectively.
The Silent Scream [high quality] (The ultrasound of abortion)
Fifteen years after the publication of Aborting America , Bernard Nathanson's second book hit the shelves. The Hand of God offers a much more personal, soul-exposing glimpse at the doctor who was so instrumental in the legalization of abortion in America. And by the time his second book was released in , a dramatic spiritual shift had taken place as well.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson, In the Hand of God
If you know even a little about the history of abortion in the USA, you have heard the name Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Regnery Publishing, I could hardly put this book down once I began reading it! I highly recommend it to you. Amazon link here. It gave me so much to ponder, that I hardly know what to say except: read the book yourself!
Thank you! Autobiography combines with a battery of argument and data in this passionate account of the author's transition from pioneer of abortion rights to champion of the pro-life cause. He describes how he grew up in a "hate-filled household'' in which his brilliant but autocratic father taught him to despise his mother and ridiculed the family's Jewish observances. During his residency at New York's famous Woman's Hospital, Nathanson was horrified at the consequences of botched illegal abortions, and his efforts to change the laws took off in He describes the decriminalization campaign and how in he became director of the Women's Services Clinic, where over abortions were being performed daily. Nathanson's doubts began when Ultrasound revealed the intimate life and development of the fetus for the first time.
Click here to read it. Yet his funeral was filled with pro-life activists. Respected pro-life stalwart Archbishop Timothy Dolan officiated. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. Years before, she chose the former abortion provider, responsible for more than 75, deaths as the director of the largest abortion facility in the world, to deliver her daughter.
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