RIP Bernard Nathanson Dead at 84

Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson was an early advocate of abortion on demand, co-founded the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now called NARAL ProChoice America), and once operated what he referred to as ” the nation’s busiest abortion business”, overseeing the performance of about 75,000 abortions.

Years later, he would  ruefully admit, “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.”

Dr. Nathanson died in his home today, at the age of 84, after a long battle with cancer.

The National Catholic Register wtites:

After performing his last abortion in 1979 and declaring himself to be pro-life, Nathanson produced the 1985 film The Silent Scream, which shows sonogram images of a child in the womb shrinking from an abortionist’s instruments, and the documentary film Eclipse of Reason, which displays and explains various abortion procedures in graphic detail. Both films had a significant impact on the abortion debate, solidified his credentials among pro-life advocates and earned him the scorn of his former pro-abortion friends and colleagues.

He also published a number of influential books, including Aborting America, written in 1979 with Richard Ostling, then a religion reporter for Time magazine, in which he exposed the deceptive and dishonest beginnings of the pro-abortion movement and undermined the argument that abortion is safe for women.

He often admitted that he and other abortion advocates in the 1960s lied about the number of women who died from illegal abortions at that time, inflating the figure from a few hundred to 10,000 to gain sympathy for their cause.

In his 1996 autobiography The Hand of God, he told the story of his journey from pro-abortion to pro-life, saying that viewing images from the new ultrasound technology in the 1970s convinced him of the humanity of the unborn baby. Outlining the enormous challenge of restoring a pro-life ethic, he wrote, “Abortion is now a monster so unimaginably gargantuan that even to think of stuffing it back into its cage … is ludicrous beyond words. Yet that is our charge — a herculean endeavor.”

The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind

In an epilogue to the second edition of The Hand of God, Father McCloskey called the book “one of the more important autobiographies of the twentieth century,” which documents “man’s inhumanity both to humanity and to his personal self, and the possibility of redemption.”

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For more than a decade after he became pro-life, Nathanson described himself as a Jewish atheist, but in December of 1996 he was baptized a Catholic by Cardinal John O’Connor in a private Mass with a group of friends in New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He also received confirmation and first Communion from the cardinal.

About his baptism, he said, “I was in a real whirlpool of emotion, and then there was this healing, cooling water on me, and soft voices, and an inexpressible sense of peace. I had found a safe place.”

Among those concelebrating the Mass was Father C. John McCloskey, an Opus Dei priest who had instructed Nathanson in the faith over a number of years.

“He was a pro-life prophet,” Father McCloskey said in a recent Register interview. “He saw the whole culture of death coming, and knew that abortion was just the tip of the iceberg.”

Keep reading at the link.

William Grimes wrote a nice obit for The New York Times:

In a widely reported 1974 article in The New England Journal of Medicine, “Deeper into Abortion,” Dr. Nathanson described his growing moral and medical qualms about abortion. “I am deeply troubled by my own increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.”

His unease was intensified by the images made available by the new technologies of fetoscopy and ultrasound.

“For the first time, we could really see the human fetus, measure it, observe it, watch it, and indeed bond with it and love it,” he later wrote in “The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind” (Regnery Publishing, 1996). “I began to do that.”

Despite his misgivings, and his conviction that abortion on demand was wrong, he continued to perform abortions for reasons he deemed medically necessary.

“On a gut, emotional level, I still favored abortion,” he told New York magazine in 1987. “It represented all the things we had fought for and won. It seemed eminently more civilized than the carnage that had gone on before.”

But, he added, “it was making less and less sense to me intellectually.”

Read the whole thing.

Dr. Nathanson’s life story is one of repentance, redemption and forgiveness – a conversion story that recalls St. Paul’s conversion from a tormentor of Christians to Christianity’s greatest evangelist. It’s a story that reminds us that nobody is ever too far gone to find redemption and peace with God.

Rest in peace Dr. Nathanson.

Hat tip: Leah

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Video: Wisconsin Union Protests – Myths v.s. Facts

Getting sick of left-wing fallacies about the union protests in Wisconsin?  Based on what I’ve been hearing, these union protesters seem a little….confused. As a public service, The Heritage Foundation created this video to explain the fiscal situaltion in Wisconsin, and what is being asked of Unions:

Listen up, Maddow, Politifact is getting tired of correcting you:

Via Breitbart TV.

 

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Civility Watch: More Pictures From Saturday’s Protest In Madison

Madison resident, Joseph Storkson called into the Bill Cunningham Show, last night, and described what he saw at the protests on Saturday. He took 200 photos of both sides and posted them on Facebook. Here are a few pictures you won’t see in the Make-Believe media:


Cute. And these folks are “for the children”, right?

Free Speech for me but not for thee .

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Republican Wins LA State Senate Seat In Special Election Giving Republican Party the Majority in Both houses of the Legislature For the First Time Since Reconstruction

Photo via LA Family Forum

This is great news for Republicans in Louisiana!

A Republican candidate late Saturday won a special election for a Louisiana state Senate seat, according to unofficial returns, a result that if certified would give the GOP control of the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.

The Louisiana Secretary of State’s office reported on its website that Republican state Rep. Jonathan Perry narrowly defeated Democrat Nathan Granger in the race to fill a vacant state Senate seat. Unofficial returns show Perry receiving 52 percent of the vote to Granger’s 48 percent, with all 106 precincts reporting.

The contest was closely watched because the state Senate is currently split, with 19 Republicans and 19 Democrats. After a number of party switches, Republicans recently took control of the state House. Republican Bobby Jindal is the governor.

A Louisiana elections official said the state Senate results still must be certified and can be contested until Feb. 28.

New Orleans’ News Talk WWL reported:

“Just to put it in some perspective, in 1976, Democrats held a 38-to-1 advantage in the state senate. So, this has been a long time coming. It marks Louisiana becoming a fully Republican state,” says University of Louisiana Political Science Professor Pearson Cross.

How unpopular is Obama in Louisiana?

According to John Maginnis of LA Politics Weekly - not very:

The decisive factor could have been charges raised by the state Republican Party in the final week that Granger’s campaign employed an former organizer for President Obama.

Hat tip: Charles B.

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Instructions for Filing Complaints Against Unethical Doctors

This past weekend we saw clear evidence of  doctors issuing  sick notes for healthy teachers so they could play hookie from school and get paid for it.  True to Dem Socialist form, these brainiacs think the taxpayers should pay for their  protest time.
As Instapundit noted,
If the doctor involved is actually signing these, he should be brought before the medical licensing board. I would imagine that criminal prosecution is possible, too. And if his name is being forged, then somebody else is a criminal.
Many of these doctors have been identified and their names can be located at Left Coast Rebel’s post, Hacks and Quacks.

For doctor reviews, ratings and general information you can visit Vitals.com. It is a great source to find a doctor in your area.

1)  Print a copy of the Complaint Formand fill in the appropriate information.2)  If your complaint involves a health care profession, you may also print out  the Consent For Release of Information Form and fill in the appropriate information.  Completion of this form is voluntary.

3)  Mail completed document(s) to:

State of Wisconsin
Department of Regulation and Licensing
Division of Enforcement
PO Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

SEE ALSO:

Michelle Malkin: Fake sick teachers may cost Wisconsin taxpayers at least $6 million

UPDATE:

Fox News: University of Wisconsin Medical School Investigating Doctors’ Notes at Protest

Hat tip: Charles B.

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Video: Union Thuggery and Intimidation In Madison, WI

I think it’s important to keep in mind that the President’s political arm, Organizing for America, bused in some of the nearly 70,000 protesters Saturday, and last week he called the bill “an assault on unions.” In fact, it’s now been said that Obama denounced Governor Walker faster than he denounced Mubarak.

Charlie Martin at The PJ Tatler directed attention to this Daily Caller story from Saturday’s protests:

Police officers in Madison detained and subsequently released a labor union operative who attempted, somewhat successfully, to destroy the speaker system at the Tea Party counter rally Saturday.

Police would not release the name of the man, or any more details, but eyewitnesses told The Daily Caller he ripped the wiring out of several different speaker systems. Part of the sound system went out for about five minutes.

It makes you wonder whose side the police are on? As Martin notes:

The puzzling — okay, it’s not puzzling, I’m more cynical than that — the striking thing here is that the police didn’t intervene when the union thug was merely destroying property to impede the Tea Partier’s right to speak; they did finally act when the thug progressed to assaulting the Tea Party guy; and they’ve already released the thug, apparently without charges.

The second man in video above described the hate-filled, and vitriolic mob the tea partiers had to walk past to get to their rallying spot.

Via Fitzworth at AoSHQ, an Independent school teacher and union member described her experience in detail:

We walked by displays set up by several socialist groups, and doctors giving fraudulent notes to teachers so they can get paid with taxpayer money for protesting. I was very surprised and disturbed by this.

At the rally supporting the bill we agreed with most of what we heard, especially “Joe the Plummer” and the last young woman who spoke: they seemed to say everything we hear around our kitchen table and from friends and family in our everyday lives.

But then there was the mob that everyone had to go through to get to and from the area for the support rally. I wish I had video taped trying to leave. I had no sign, and was not an active participant – but I experienced first-hand the intimidation and hostility of either union mercenaries, or even worse, of the good people who have been getting whipped into an exhausted and desparate state by the union sponsored liberal rhetoric and atmosphere.

They stood blocking the way, leaving only a narrow two-person-wide space for thousands to funnel through. It was scary, claustrophic, and made me feel panicked. They glared, yelled, and one guy pushed me so hard I flew two feet forward. I thought my husband was going to lose it, so we stopped and just stood to the side where we were. I watched a lot of people from the rally pass in front of me experiencing the same thing. I saw middle class, working class people who looked liked my sister, my mother, my son or daughter, my neighbors… being taunted and intimidated by a mob hoping to provoke mayhem or violence. I looked for police help to secure a path or help with our exit, but I only saw them standing in isolated clusters amongst themselves, the nearest over 50 feet away from the crowd.

She goes on to say:

As the daughter of a police officer, I’m heartbroken to experience their callous indifference for my safety, that I can only understand as their passive support for protesters, and which makes them complicit in the intimidation.

Go to AoSHQ for full story and video of Union protesters blowing whistles while the tea partiers said the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lefty protesters also tried to drive Fox News away with obnoxious taunts and chants on Saturday:

MORE:

Jim Hoft Reports: Breaking: Situation Escalates in Wisconsin – RIOT POLICE Called in On Violent Leftists at 2 AM

A Conservative Teacher: BREAKING: Barack Obama Time Travels from January to Scold Barack Obama of February of his Lack of Civility in Wisconsin Budget Battle

UPDATE:

Via Doug Ross –  Apparently The New York Times is reporting that “the White House and the DNC itself really had nothing at all to do with the public service union protests in Madison”.

Absolute nonsense.  Brad Woodhouse, the Democratic Party Communications Director, was spotted on Twitter crowing about Dem involvement:

According to Politico‘s Ben Smith, Obama’s Political arm, OFA has published at least 54 tweets promoting the rallies.

While duplicitous Dems  desperately try to project the idea that the public overwhelmingly supports their cause, the latest Rasmussen poll shows that VOTERS SIDE WITH SCOTT WALKER… Only 38% Support Radical Gov Union Workers.

See also: Theo Spark for a video featuring International Socialist Organization, revolutionary Trotskyites committed to global anti-capitalist struggle.

Linked by The Lonely Conservative, thanks!

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