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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He presided over 61,000 abortions—one of which was suffered by his then-girlfriend—and directed the largest abortion clinic in the world. He had helped to legalize abortion in the first place.

One day, he had a change of heart. One day, he found God.

At the drop of a hat, an abortion doctor renounced his profession—and his atheism—for

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He presided over 61,000 abortions—one of which was suffered by his then-girlfriend—and directed the largest abortion clinic in the world. He had helped to legalize abortion in the first place.

One day, he had a change of heart. One day, he found God.

At the drop of a hat, an abortion doctor renounced his profession—and his atheism—for pro-life advocacy and Christianity.

In the most shocking revelations ever expressed in an autobiography, one man unveils his entire life story, detailing countless events—from his gruesome abortion procedures to his conversion and involvement in The Silent Scream.

Discover one man’s incredible journey from death to life in Bernard Nathanson’s The Hand of God.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621570448
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
206
Sales rank:
296,035
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Dr. Bernard Nathanson was co-founder in 1969 of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL, later renamed the National Abortion Rights Action League), and former director of New York City's Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health, then the largest abortion clinic in the world. In the late 1970's he turned against abortion to become a prominent pro-life advocate, authoring Aborting America and producing the seminal pro-life video The Silent Scream. After a long battle with cancer, Dr. Nathanson passed away at his home in NYC at age eight-four.

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The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Nathanson speaks articulately about his path that led to his choice to head NARAL and one of the clinics that performed the highest number of abortions on the east coast. He has a severe change of heart after viewing a sonogram. He exposes the abortion industry without making excuses for his own actions. His prose is eloquent yet cutting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago