It was a spring day in 1983, but I remember it as though it were yesterday. I was in New York to interview Dr. Bernard Nathanson for the documentary “A Matter of Choice” at his medical office in Manhattan.
This modest brownstone was quite a comedown from the days when he ran the Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health, which, at the time, was the largest free standing abortion provider in the world. New York legalized abortion a full three years before Roe v. Wade providing Nathanson and many of his medical colleagues an opportunity to make a killing, so to speak. CRASH, as it was called, operated around the clock, 24-hours a day.
Nathanson also was one of the founders of the National Assoication for the Repeal of Abortion Laws which, after Roe, became the National Abortion Rights Action League. Then, he got a grant to study fetology and his life took a dramatic turn.
After the development of realtime ultrasound imaging and fiber optics, the facts were clear to him: The child in the womb is a living human being and killing a human being is murder.
This man, who had presided over 75,000 abortions, then did what he felt he had to do. He went to the offices of NARAL, where he was the medical advisor, and presented his findings to its leadership, fully expecting that they, too, would see the light.
The response was not at all what Nathanson expected. Betty Friedan, NARAL’s founder, threw him out and dumped the contents of his desk in the street.
In 1974, he wrote an seminal article in the New England Journal of Medicine about his moral dilemma and, a few years later, became one of the most outspoken pro-life activists.
At that time, I was new to the abortion debate. As you might imagine, that interview was quite an eye-opener. However, a few things that he said that day will be forever etched in my mind.
Dr. Nathanson called Planned Parenthood “the most evil organization in America.” I was taken aback. What could be more wholesome than helping married couples plan their families? Then, he pulled back the curtain on this billion dollar non-profit that runs the largest abortion operation in the country.
Nathanson, an obstetrician/gynecologist, had gone into the abortion business blind, believing that he was sparing women with unplanned pregnancies a world of pain, but when technology gave him a window to the womb, he quit. Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, picked up where Nathanson left off and nationalized this macabre industry with its eyes wide open.
Over the years, PPH sank to new lows, fighting against laws for informed consent and parental consent, encouraging teens to become sexuality active so that when they get pregnant (and they invariably do) it is there to rake in more money.
Now, thanks to the Center for Medical Progress, we know that Planned Parenthood is illegally harvesting and selling the organs of its tiny victims at obscene profits, often altering the deadly procedure, not for the health and safety of the mothers, but to obtain intact livers, brains and hearts.
But this is not the first time Planned Parenthood has been exposed. In 2010, Live Action released a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood staffers at multiple affiliates willing to assist a prostitution ring with underage girls.
In 2002, Life Dynamics conducted a sting operation using an actress portraying a 13-year-old girl who was impregnated by a 22-year-old man who called Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation clinics seeking an abortion in order to conceal this illegal sexual activity from her parents and authorities. http://www.childpredators.com This is a mandatory reporting situation! The calls were made from Texas where it is legal to record. In 813 calls to 49 states, 90 percent of the “counselors” agreed to ignore the law.
Despite all this unsavory and illegal activity, Planned Parenthood continues its sordid business. Not only that, it is subsidized by taxpayers to the tune of a half billion dollars a year.
Which brings up another unforgettable statement from my interview with Dr. Nathanson more than 30 years ago. I asked him why, as an atheist (at the time), he opposed abortion. His answer was simple: “I’m an atheist, but I’m not without morals.”
The question is are you?
The fact that Planned Parenthood even exists today is a stain on the nation, but the stain is greater still because it is financed with our tax dollars.