Bernard Nathanson

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Bernard Nathanson (died in 2011. "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...

"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.”...

"Nathanson is the author of a number of books, including Aborting America, and his autobiography, The Hand of God." [1]

He is the former director of Manhattan's Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health.

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  1. Former abortionist, top pro-life advocate Bernard Nathanson dies at 84,, accessed November 21, 2011.