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

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

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by Bernard Nathanson
     
 

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As the former director of the world's largest abortion clinic and the nation's most prominent abortionist, Dr. Bernard Nathanson presided over 61,000 abortions.

As co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League he helped make abortion legal.

Then, in a conversion that made headlines and astonished both sides of the abortion debate, he renounced his

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As the former director of the world's largest abortion clinic and the nation's most prominent abortionist, Dr. Bernard Nathanson presided over 61,000 abortions.

As co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League he helped make abortion legal.

Then, in a conversion that made headlines and astonished both sides of the abortion debate, he renounced his profession to become a pro-life advocate.

But Dr. Nathanson's journey was not over. In this deeply personal memoir, he reveals what led a lifelong atheist and abortion crusader first to the pro-life cause, and finally to Christianity.

The Hand of God is more than one of the most dramatic autobiographies of our time. It is also a definitive explanation of the pro-life positions not only on abortion, but on related issues such as fetal tissue research and doctor-assisted suicide. "I know the abortion issue as perhaps no one else does," writes Nathanson. Even those as committed to legal abortion as he once was will find his arguments challenging and his story unforgettable. Now in paperback, this book features and introduction by Reverend C.J. McCloskey, III.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
During a period of roughly 20 years, Nathanson performed over 75,000 abortions. Since 1975, however, he has been among the leaders of the pro-life movement in the United States. Here, in a book that is part spiritual autobiography, part political campaign and part history of abortion, Nathanson explores the factors that led him into and eventually out of the abortion business. Nathanson recounts the moral hollowness and a paternalistic treatment of women and their bodies during his early years in medicine that allowed him to abort even his own child in a cold and antiseptic matter. However, the advent of ultrasound, and its images of the fetus as a developing life, along with a progressive conversion to Roman Catholicism, convinced Nathanson of the immorality of abortion and led him into a new phase of his life as a doctor. As revealing as this story is Nathanson's condescending tone and sententious sentences (e.g., "I will spare you the ineluctable Tolstoian observation, but I implore you to consider the psychological abyss that yawned beneath me") elicit very little sympathy either for Nathanson's plight or for the pro-life position. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
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.

Ob/gyn Nathanson (New York Medical College; Aborting America, 1979) was co-founder in 1969 of the National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws (now known as the National Abortion Rights Action League) and the director of the first and largest abortion clinic in the US. 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. Nathanson senior thwarted his son's desire to fight in WW II and in 1945 arranged his transition from Cornell to McGill Medical School, where our author was deeply impressed by Karl Stern. 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 1967. He describes the decriminalization campaign and how in 1971 he became director of the Women's Services Clinic, where over 120 abortions were being performed daily. Nathanson's doubts began when Ultrasound revealed the intimate life and development of the fetus for the first time. In 1985 he helped make the controversial film The Silent Scream, which shows a fetus being sucked out and dismembered during an actual abortion. He argues that, whether or not it feels pain or is deemed viable, the fetus is a distinct and developing human life. Nathanson excoriates violence against abortion clinics but warns that current legislation is cutting off legitimate dissent. He is clearly not at peace with his past, and he states that he is presently seeking admission to the Catholic Church.

This concrete and powerful contribution will be required reading for all involved in the abortion debate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621570448
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
1,339,827
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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