Lizzie B on Not Surviving Roe v. Wade

22 January 2015

Elizabeth Westhoff’s short but insightful take on “surviving” Roe v. Wade:

survived roeToday is the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade. Nearly one million people will be marching in Washington, D.C. today to show their disagreement with the decision. There will be thousands of signs protesting the murder of the victims of this law, posters of cherubic babies asking that their brothers and sisters in the womb be spared, tiny gold and silver feet pinned to lapels, and banners stating “I survived Roe v. Wade.”

I don’t like that last one. I was born in 1974, so I am part of the group that supposedly “survived Roe v. Wade.” It seems to me, by stating you survived Roe v. Wade, there was a chance you wouldn’t have survived, that your mother considered aborting you. My mother did not consider aborting me.

Read more at Elizabeth’s blog, Pop Culture Catholic, on the blog of the Archdiocese of St. Louis’, Virtual Vestibule.

Elizabeth Westhoff is the Director of Marketing and Mission Awareness for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter



#ANTILIFE Alert: More Craziness from NY

8 April 2014

Report: NY Abortion Clinics Inspected Less Than Tanning Salons

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
April 7, 2014


New York authorities dedicate more time to monitoring tanning salons than abortion clinics, according to a new report.

The New York Post found that many clinics escape safety inspections for years at a time, even as authorities aggressively scrutinize restaurants and tanning salons.

“Health inspectors regulate 25 diagnostic and treatment clinics and surgery centers that provide abortion services — though pro-choice advocates say there are 225 abortion service providers in New York state.

Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-12 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times — meaning once every four or six years.

A total of just 45 inspections were conducted at all 25 facilities during the 12-year period.

By comparison, city eateries are inspected every year and graded, while a new law requires tanning salons to undergo inspections at least once every other year.”

The slack oversight surprised pro-life activist Lila Rose, whose group Live Action has performed hidden camera exposes at abortion clinics across the country.

She visited several New York clinics as part of the project and met with clinic workers who advised their clients to poison and drown babies born alive following an abortion. Rose passed along the videos to state authorities but said the Cuomo administration and regulators “stonewalled us at every turn.”

“This is one of America’s most pro-abortion states, with an outrageously high abortion rate and next to nothing in the law to protect mothers and their babies from the industry’s profit-hungry vultures,” Rose said in an email to the Washington Free Beacon. “There is no excuse for this sort of negligence, especially in the wake of mass-murdering Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania and ‘Gosnell-like conditions’ at Planned Parenthood of Delaware. New York is being exposed once again as a partner in the full-throttle attack on the most basic of human rights.”

Activists and conservative lawmakers have been pushing for increased safety regulations and inspections of abortion clinics after Pennsylvania abortionist Gosnell was accused of killing live babies and mothers, as well as operating a clinic covered in fecal matter, urine, and blood. Pennsylvania regulators had not visited his clinic in years due to political pressure.

Gosnell was convicted of multiple counts of murder in 2013 and is serving multiple life sentences without the chance of parole.

Source: The Washington Free Beacon

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Vicki calls herself a “converted conservative”, which she credits to her upbringing and a conversation with former Congressman Mark Neumann in her early days of reporting. Her conservative ideology has been honed and refined over the years; now, Vicki passionately advocates a conservative point-of-view on social and political issues, as well as matters dealing with pop culture and everyday life.
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Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage to End Abortion DAY FIVE!

22 January 2014

Posted by Sarah Campbell
22 January 2014 A.D.


January 18-26 2014

Pray with the bishops to end abortion!

On January 22 our nation will mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer that loss — often in silence.
Join thousands of Catholics across the country coming together in prayer for a “culture of life” from Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, January 26!

4 Ways to Join

HERE to go to the Bishops site to signup for emails, text alerts and an APP!


Day Five: Wednesday, January 22, 2014


For an end to legal abortion in our nation and for the conversion of all hearts, so that the inherent rights of every human being—especially those most at risk of abuse and rejection—will be upheld.

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be


Today, on this 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we consider the past four decades in which our society has legally permitted abortion and wandered far from God. Instead of accepting children in joy and hope, many hearts seem hardened against making commitments to others, fearing the demands others may make on our time or our freedom. We are becoming a culture marked by rejection, by loneliness and sorrow. In today’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus grieved over the Pharisees’ hardness of heart, as he heals the man with the withered hand. They remained silent when Jesus pointedly asked them: “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” Our laws now make it legal to destroy life by abortion, by abortifacient drugs, in destructive embryo research, in the course of in vitro fertilization procedures, and in some states by assisted suicide and the death penalty. How Jesus must grieve over this culture of death! Let us open our hearts in faith, entrusting our culture to the healing power of Christ, the One who has overcome sin and the power of evil.

Acts of Reparation (choose one)

Today is a day of prayer and penance for restoration of the right to life. Step out of your comfort zone and witness publicly to life in a march or rally, or call your elected representatives to ask them to promote policies and laws that respect life.

Gratitude helps us love God and neighbor. Today try to not complain or be negative. Say a prayer of thanksgiving instead.

Don’t push the snooze button. Get right out of bed and offer your day in prayer to God. “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light” (Ephesians 5:14).

Poll: Americans Back Late Abortion Ban, Women More Pro-Life via @StevenErtelt

17 July 2012

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 7/17/12 11:53 AM

A new poll show Americans are strongly in favor of banning late abortions and do not like the fact that abortion is legal up to the point of birth in the nation’s capital or that unborn children can be killed after the point at which they can feel pain.

The Polling Company conducted a nationwide survey of Americans for the National Right to Life Committee to focus on legislation Congress is currently considering.

One bill, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803), is scheduled to be voted on by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, July 18. The measure is important because the District of Columbia has no abortion law — meaning abortions are legal up to birth for any reason.

However, by a 2-to-1 margin (58-27%), American adults, once informed of the current abortion policy in the nation’s capital – legal abortion, for any reason, until birth – would be more likely to vote for lawmakers who support a pending bill that would not permit abortion in the District of Columbia after 22 weeks of pregnancy (20 weeks after fertilization), except to save a mother’s life.

The poll found women were less likely to support members of Congress who favored abortion to the point of birth compared with men.

The polling firm asked:

Currently, within the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital, there is no abortion law at all. This means that abortion is legal there, for any reason, right up until the moment of birth. This summer, Congress is considering a bill that would not allow abortion in the District of Columbia after 22 weeks of pregnancy – which means after the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy – unless the mother’s life is in danger. Would you be more or less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who votes in favor of this bill? And would you be (ROTATED) more or less likely to vote for a Member of Congress who votes in favor of this bill? (PROBED: And would that be MUCH or SOMEWHAT MORE/LESS LIKELY?)

58% TOTAL MORE LIKELY (NET) [women: 62%; men: 53%]

27% TOTAL LESS LIKELY (NET) [women: 27%; men, 27%]


for the rest of this sensational article please click HEREto go to LifeNews.com.

Many thanks to Steven Ertelt for his unceasing efforts for life!

Mirror, mirror on the wall…What kind of Catholic am I? REAL or COUNTERFEIT?

24 January 2012

A priest I know answered a question of mine about voting when I was 18. I asked him, “Father, how do I know how to vote?” I was very young and getting a ton of misinformation from other Catholics.

He looked at me and answered quietly, “You hold the Crucifix in one hand and pull the lever with the other…”

To this day, I never have a problem voting. The teachings of Our Lord entrusted to Holy Mother Church and her Vicar are here for all of us so we know what that Crucifix means, in all stages and phases of our lives. The Church and Her Teaching is a constant that never leaves me…Deo Gratias!

Thank you to Michael Voris and Real Catholic TV for giving voice to those who desire to be obedient to our Faith. In addition, a big thank you to @ToddyLittman for tweeting this to us, knowing we would definitely want to post it.

Obama’s Counterfeit Catholics

Learn the truth behind the fake Catholics who have helped an atheist billionaire dominate the Democratic party…


We Told you So!

Dissenting and indifferent Catholics in the voting booth have significantly contributed to putting the most anti-life president ever to occupy the Oval Office into power.

Lord, help us!

Truth unvarnished…a look at abortion for what it really is…

11 March 2011

During my daily hunt for stories that I think my readers find interesting to read I have found a website that is VERY different. At mensnewsdaily.com I have found a riveting post about the horrors of abortion. Take a look, read it for yourself and comment please.

I definitely will be visiting this site again, just because the writer had the courage to address this issue when the Main-Stream Media won’t…


Tales of an Abortion Addict

March 11, 2011

Irene Vilar recently published Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict, an account of her having 15 abortions in 16 years. She had most of those abortions while married to an older man who did not want children. Vilar wanted to get pregnant – even though she had no intention of carrying to term. She writes, “I would get my period and be sad, then discover I was pregnant, being afraid, yet also so excited.”

Then she would abort, enjoy another “high” on getting pregnant again and terminate another pregnancy. Vilar traces much of the psychology behind her actions to a troubled family history. One of her grandmothers was Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebron who, along with three men, opened fire in the United States Congress in 1954 to protest Puerto Rico’s status as a commonwealth of the U. S. Vilar’s mother had been victimized by a coercive sterilization program, falling into a depression that culminated with her committing suicide by throwing herself in front of a moving car.

That Irene Vilar’s background led to psychological problems, including self-mutilation, is hardly surprising. What is surprising is that she repeatedly got pregnant with the intention of aborting.

Her book is supposed to represent a coming to terms with the psychic tangles that led to her multiple abortions. However, that book, and some of the commentary on it, may obscure the most troubling aspect of this “addiction.” Dr. Lauren Streicher, clinical assistant professor at the Northwestern University School of Medicine, said, “She is unconsciously sabotaging contraception for self-mutilation. It’s a way of escaping feeling empty.” Vilar in her book writes, “I want to explore how when abortion takes on repetitive and self-mutilating qualities it can point to an addiction.”

In the above formulations, the unborn is strangely invisible. An embryo or fetus –or an unborn baby – was expelled from her womb and killed either as a result of that expulsion or in the process of it. Quite early in the pregnancy, the unborn possess heads, arms, and legs – appendages that are torn off in a first-trimester abortion. It was not Vilar but her embryos and fetuses that were “mutilated” – and killed – in her abortions. Vilar does not seem to recognize the possibility that her actions came from a desire to kill.

It is altogether arguable that even if the unborn are human beings, they do not have a legal right to the intimate use of another’s body. After all, none of us who are born have any legal right to another’s kidney, bone marrow, or even a pint of blood. However, it is important to remember that it at least possible that an embryo or fetus is a human being – and that an abortion kills a human being.

This makes the possibility that females deliberately allow themselves to be impregnated planning to abort especially horrifying. I first encountered this possibility many years ago in a round up done by U.S. News and World Report on women who had abortions. One woman featured said she had aborted eleven pregnancies. She said the first pregnancy was an accident and she kept deliberately getting pregnant again because the abortion clinic workers had been so nice to her that she wanted to return.

The possibility of women getting pregnant to abort came up again in a conversation with my friend, the late Dan Duchaine, an expert on bodybuilding who was known as the “steroid guru.” He said, “Some Olympic level female athletes will get pregnant planning to abort because the chemical change in their bodies from the pregnancy will give them an edge.” Warren Farrell in The Myth of Male Power mentions reports of female soldiers getting pregnant so they could get safer assignments and then aborting.

There is no way to know if the above stories are factual. However, what is indisputable is that a woman who gets pregnant with the intention of aborting has done nothing illegal in modern America. Indeed, females with homicidal impulses could satisfy those impulses through abortion knowing they were safe from legal repercussions.

Did legalizing abortion just replace one set of horror stories with another?

Father Z Watch: A Catholic View from Across the Pond

26 February 2011

Here at AlwaysCatholic we tend to agree with Father Z when considering opinions about any of our Presidents’ from non-Americans. In this case, Dr. Oddie opines from a Catholic viewpoint and therefore “all is up for grabs” as far as we are concerned here at ACBlog.

We could have printed Dr. Oddie’s story directly from The Herald (It’s THAT good and we were sooo happy that someone has addressed the Anti-Catholic issue and Barack Obama) but we chose to run it from WDTPRS.com because of Father Z’s spot on observations.
Read on and see if Dr. Oddie and Father Z hit the bullseye on this topic. We think they did…

Catholic Herald (UK) – Wm. Oddie opines about Pres. Obama

Posted on 25 February 2011 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

From William Oddie of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald comes this strong opinion piece about the President of the United States. I generally dismiss transatlantic views of any POTUS. This commentary, however, caught my attention because it concerns the President and the Catholic Church. He also quotes at length from Archbp. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis, my native place.

My [Father Z] emphases and comments.

Why Barack Obama has to be seen as an enemy of the Catholic Church

We need to be alert: he is not without influence, even on this side of the pond

By William Oddie on Friday, 25 February 2011

Is Barack Obama the most anti-Catholic American president in living memory?

I don’t mean, of course, that he has openly attacked the Church (though it was noted that, at his inauguration as president, contrary to normal practice there was among the clergy invited to attend not one single Catholic, though he made a point of inviting the controversial — because openly and actively homosexual — Episcopalian (i.e. Anglican) bishop, Gene Robinson). [A good observation. And now Pres. Obama has directed his administration not to defend federal law regarding marriage. Interesting. No? Pres. Obama considers DOMA unconstitutional.]

What I mean, though, is that across the whole spectrum of contemporary moral issues, he is passionately committed to a series of views which run directly contrary to those of the Church. All this has caused at least one Catholic bishop (there are probably others) to call him anti-Catholic.

As a Senator, [which wasn’t all that long] he supported sex education, to be provided by Planned Parenthood, to children of five years old. He consistently voted for abortion, including partial birth abortion. He voted (twice) against Bills prohibiting public funding of abortions ; he voted in favour of expanding embryonic stem cell research; he voted against notifying parents of minors who had undergone out-of-state abortions; he voted for a proposal to vote $100,000,000 for the funding of sex-education and contraceptives (including abortifacients) for teenagers; he opposed the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” on the Senate floor and in 2003 killed the bill in committee. [Consistent with what he did when still in Illinois.] This would have outlawed “live birth abortion,” where labor is induced and an infant is delivered prematurely and then allowed to die.

Continue reading at WDTPRS.com>>>

Archbishop Dolan, hello, are you there??? Hmmm… UPDATE ON NYC PRO-LIFE BILLBOARD

25 February 2011

Pro-Life NYC Billboard on Black Abortion Rate Taken Down

by Steven Ertelt | New York, NY | LifeNews.com | 2/24/11

Pro-abortion activists in New York City have forced the removal of a pro-life billboard that warned about the inordinately high abortion rates on African-American women and children.

The pro-life group Life Always paid for the billboard, to try to draw attention to the fact that abortions kill 300,000 black unborn children annually. In fact, new data put out by the CDC today indicates black babies are victims of abortions at a much higher rate than their white or Hispanic counterparts.

The billboard, located in SoHo, bears an image of a young black girl and says “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.”

But the outdoor advertising company that sold the space to the pro-life group for the billboard said on Thursday that it would remove the image because the employees at the Mexican restaurant located on the bottom floor of the several story building bearing the ad were facing harassment over its pro-life message.

“It’s down, or at least it should be coming down soon,” Peter Costanza, the general manager for Lamar Advertising, told the New York Times. “Why did I take it down? Yesterday, somebody came into the restaurant harassing the waiters and waitresses. I don’t want any violence to happen around the buildings there.”

Yet, a woman answering the phone at Lupe’s East L.A. Kitchen could not verify to the Times that any harassment had been taking place.

Costanza said the decision to remove the billboard “wasn’t about politics” even though several black activists in the city spoke out against it.

The pro-life group told LifeNews.com it disagrees with Lamar’s decision to remove the billboard.

“Life Always strongly disagrees with Lamar Outdoor’s decision to remove the billboard in Soho, but the billboard’s message holds true, and truth has a place in the public square,” it said. “The intent of the board is to call attention to the tragedy and the truth that abortion is outpacing life in the black community.”

Pastor Stephen Broden, a member of the group’s board of directors, added: “The reaction to this billboard is centered on trauma; abortion is traumatic, it is the emotional and physical trauma that women face after abortion that necessitates access to post-abortive healing services.”

And Rev. Michel Faulkner of New York responded, “While this billboard causes a visceral reaction from many African Americans, it addresses a stubborn truth that 60 percent of black babies do not make it out of the womb. We must do something now.”

“Instead of challenging the design of the ad, we should ask why the message is true and how can we change the fact that the leading cause of death for African Americans is abortion,” Faulkner said.

Before the Lamar decision, Letitia James, a City Council member who represents parts of Brooklyn, was outraged by the pro-life billboard and worked with the pro-abortion, liberal activist group MoveOn to post a petition campaign against it. James had planned to hold a news conference with Al Sharpton on Friday at the billboard had Lamar not decided to take it down.

“The billboard was offensive, especially during Black History Month, and I had intended to hold a press conference Friday in front of the billboard to protest the message of racial profiling and against a woman”s right to choose,” Sharpton said Thursday.

Also, Women of Color Policy Network, a research and policy institute at New York University, wrote a letter to Costanza and told the newspaper he assured the group the billboard would be removed. And Joan Malin, the president of Planned Parenthood of New York City, applauded Lamar’s decision, saying the abortion business was “pleased that Lamar Advertising has heard the voices of thousands of New Yorkers.”

Meanwhile, the mother of the young girl who appears in the ad is upset that her daughter’s image is associated with it. Tricia Fraser said her daughter signed a contract to become a stock image model knowing that her image could be used in any number of campaigns with which she or her daughter might disagree.

“I would never endorse something like that,” the mother of 6-year-old Anissa Fraser told Fox television today.

Before Lamar’s decision, a representative of Life Always, Marissa Gabrysch, said: “There’s a grave disparity and just a huge disproportion that African-Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population yet represent 36 percent of abortions in the United States. African-Americans are claimed in abortions twice as frequently as they lose their lives to violent crimes, AIDS, cancer, heart disease and motor vehicle accidents combined.”

Life Always board member Pastor Stephen Broden told the Catholic News Agency: “During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion. We have seen the heartbreaking effects of opportunists who happen to be black abortionists perpetrating this atrocity; it’s not just babies who are in danger, it’s also their mothers, and our society at large.”

Rev. Derek McCoy, another Life Always board member, added: “This campaign highlights the tragedy that abortion is the number one killer since 1973 in the black community and the truth that we must confront in a city with a near 60 percent abortion rate for black women.”

The billboard is similar to a campaign Heroic Media ran in Jacksonville, Florida and Austin Texas last year, that Life Always took over in January.

The billboard follows a December city health department report showing 41 percent of pregnancies in New York City ended in abortion in 2009. Blacks had the highest number of abortions with 40,798, the report indicated. [Emphasis added by AlwaysCatholic editor]

ACTION: Contact Lamar advertising to protest its decision at http://www.lamar.com/Contact


Okay, okay, so I expect Planned Parenthood to say and do stupid things. I certainly expect for the “Reverend” Al Sharpton to bring up racial profiling no matter what the case (racial profiling concerning abortions of black children by black mothers? ) Pretzel logic at it’s Sharpton finest… BUT…

I do not expect the Archbishop of NYC, Timothy Dolan to sit by quietly after his remarks concerning NYC abortion statistics back in January were publicized locally and nationally. I do not expect Archbishop Dolan to stop at those remarks, I expect him to respond to the billboard controversy…Why?

Archbishop Dolan was appointed to one of the top Archdioceses in the country. Some would say the the NYC Archdiocese is perhaps THE most important as a pulpit simply because NY is the Number one share in the TV/Radio media market. So why do I expect him (and his Secretary & Press Office) to be on top of this story? Archbishop Dolan doesn’t have the luxury of showing up smiling and performing for the media with his ebullient personality. He has the responsibility to uphold the supreme law of the Church which is to save souls.

Black children died in the womb between January 9 and February 23, 2011 and where was the Shepherd of his flock in NYC? Well, on January 9th he was here:

February 23, 2011, when the billboard made the news and February 24, 2011 when it was forced to be taken down by pro-abortion supporters, where was Archbishop Dolan? I don’t know do you? Maybe he was being interviewed on “Fox & Friends” again when he obviously forgot he was the President of United State Catholic Conference of Bishops. Remember, he IS a Roman Catholic priest not a layman who teaches a class on Comparative Religions. Take a look at this interview by the leader of our Bishops in America…

Now, I say again, WHERE WERE YOU ARCHBISHOP DOLAN? This is not a popularity contest and you are not a Page Six celebrity (Page Six for those who don;t know is the celebrity gossip column of the NY Post) ! Get over yourself, please and remember this…how many black babies died between your little presser on January 9th and yesterday, February 24th?

How would you know? The cameras weren’t there yesterday and neither were you.

Sofia Guerra,

[ Please go to this link at AlwaysCatholicBlog…“How do we solve a problem like Maria? (oops!) Dolan?” Still don’t want to tell you “I told you so…but I will soon enough, I am sure…sorry…]

Thank you to @AncientSoul, our site designer and blog contributor who put me on to Archbishop Dolan’s trail after she sent me this RealCatholicTV vid. I promised her we would do something about his remarks after we initially responded to his being elected as the President of the USCCB. I’m sorry it took so long, but a promise is a promise and I thank Mary for never missing a trick. You can find @AncientSoul at her blog, Battlebeads hot on the trail of all things NOT faithful to the Catholic Church.

Good job, Mary, thank you!

Dr.Bernard Nathanson Dead at 84

21 February 2011

‘I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.’ After putting thousands of unborn children to death, he became one of the great leaders of the pro-life movement.

National Catholic Register

— Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, an obstetrician who oversaw the performance of about 75,000 abortions before becoming a leading pro-life advocate and a convert to the Catholic faith, died at his home in New York Feb. 21 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 84.

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.”

He noted, regretfully, “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.”

His pro-life witness could not easily be dismissed as one-sided propaganda since Nathanson had enjoyed such a high standing among abortion supporters as a co-founder of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now called NARAL ProChoice America), and as operator of what he called the nation’s busiest abortion business. The facility was opened in New York City after the state’s abortion laws were loosened in 1970 and abortion promoters realized that the high number of women seeking abortion could not all be admitted to a hospital for the procedure. A freestanding ambulatory clinic, in which abortion and recovery took about three hours, was an innovation devised by Nathanson and his colleagues.

Overall, Nathanson estimated, he presided over 60,000 abortions as director of the facility, instructed fellow practitioners in the performance of 15,000 other abortions, and personally performed about 5,000 abortions, including one on his own child conceived with a girlfriend in the 1960s.

Baptized Catholic

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.”

Nathanson visited Father McCloskey periodically over the course of a decade, the priest said, and one day in 1994 announced that he wanted to become a Catholic. After his baptism, Father McCloskey said, “He practiced the faith, he frequented the sacraments, and spoke about his Catholicism unabashedly.”

Nathanson later said that he was drawn closer to God while viewing a massive Operation Rescue event, when hundreds sat down in front of a New York Planned Parenthood building, blocking traffic. The sight of so many pro-lifers selflessly sacrificing their selves and risking arrest made him realize that they must be answering a higher call, he explained.

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.”

Another strong factor in his conversion was the book Pillar of Fire, by noted psychiatrist Dr. Karl Stern, who tells of his own journey from Judaism to the Catholic Church. Nathanson studied briefly under Stern in medical school, though at that time he did not know about Stern’s conversion. It was only years later, when Nathanson read Pillar of Fire that he learned off his former professor’s religious views.

Nathanson’s godmother for baptism was Joan Andrews Bell, who had served more than a year in jail for blocking the entrances to abortion businesses.

She said she spoke to Nathanson by phone in February 2011, when he only had the strength to speak a few sentences. “He said he was praying for us, and I told him we love him and pray for him, too,” she said.

“He will be remembered as a very strong advocate for the babies,” she continued. “One factor stood out, knowing him over the years, and that was that he had a deep pain for what he had done in terms of abortion. I remember there were periods he was fasting; he underwent huge amounts of fasting to make up for it.”

She said that he had “a deep and tender heart,” and that once he saw the truth about abortion, he was determined to stop it. “He was like St. Paul, who was a great persecutor of the Church, yet when he saw the light of Christ, he was perhaps the greatest apostle for the Gospel. Dr. Nathanson was like that after his conversion. He went all around the world talking about the babies and the evils of abortion. Being his godmother was such an amazing thing, to see him come to Christ.”

Nathanson was married and divorced three times before being married in the Church by Father McCloskey soon after becoming a Catholic. His wife, Christine, survives him, as does his grown son, Joseph, by an earlier union.

A Doctor’s Son

Bernard Nathanson was born in New York City July 31, 1926. His father was a highly accomplished obstetrician/gynecologist who taught in various prestigious medical schools. Nathanson grew up with his younger sister in a secular Jewish home. As he explained in his autobiography, his father sent him to Hebrew school yet would question and undermine the teachings of the rabbis.

He described his father as an excellent and ethical physician who was less than exemplary in his personal life. He was dominating and overbearing, and cheated on his wife. Nathanson wrote that his sister “lost her personality” under their father’s influence and committed suicide at age 49, an event that grieved his father so greatly that he never mentioned her in conversation afterward.

Nathanson followed in his father’s footsteps, attending McGill University Medical College in Montreal, where he had his first experience with abortion after he got his girlfriend pregnant. He used the money received in the mail from his father to pay for her abortion, at a time when the procedure was illegal. “It served as my introductory excursion into the satanic world of abortion,” he later wrote.

After graduating from medical school in 1949, he did his residency in Chicago and New York, at one time working in the same hospital as his father. In 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for a few years as an obstetrician/gynecologist.

After his military stint, he settled in New York and began building a thriving ob-gyn practice. While working with poor patients, he saw the scarring effects of illegal abortions on the women. He wrote, “Illegal abortion was in 1967 the number one killer of pregnant women.”

In New York, he got another girlfriend pregnant and decided to perform an abortion on her himself. About aborting his own child, he wrote in The Hand of God: “I swear to you that I had no feelings aside from the sense of accomplishment, the pride of expertise.”

He added, describing the abortionist’s mindset: “icy; conscienceless; remorselessly perverting his medical skills; defiling his ethical charge; and helping, nay seducing, with his clinical calm, his oh-so-comforting professionalism, women into the act that comes closest to self-slaughter.”

Busiest Abortion Business

While not giving up his ob-gyn practice, Nathanson became heavily involved in abortion in 1968 after meeting Larry Lader, a politically connected public relations master who was obsessed with overturning New York’s abortion laws. In looking for an easy target to attack for media attention, Nathanson said, they chose the Catholic Church, whose opposition to abortion they blamed for every botched illegal abortion they brought before the media.

Bolstered by a coalition of abortion doctors and a burgeoning feminist movement, New York’s lawmakers passed a bill to overturn the state’s century-old abortion restrictions, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller on July 1, 1970.

Soon Nathanson was the director of the new Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health (CRASH) in Manhattan, which he described as the “largest abortion clinic in the Western world,” with referrals from all along the Eastern seaboard and beyond.

Looking back on those years, he wrote, “I had a young son and a wife, but I was hardly ever at home. I bitterly regret those years, if for no other reason than that I failed to see my son grow up.”

As he became more publicly associated with abortion, he was treated as a “pariah” in legitimate medical circles and received fewer obstetrical referrals. For these reasons, he decided to leave the abortion facility at the end of 1972 and took the position as chief of obstetrics at St. Luke’s Hospital, where he kept doing abortions for what he considered “medically justified reasons.”

Yet the advent of ultrasound technology eventually convinced him that a true human being is killed in abortion, and he began to develop what he called the “vector theory of life.” By this he meant that from the time of conception, the unborn child has a self-directed force of life that, if not interrupted, will lead to the birth of a human baby. He knew this was not “potential life,” as the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade.

Writing in The Hand of God, Nathanson described a turning point in his thinking: “I believe the fertilized ovum (zygote) to be a new individual launched along an unimaginably busy vector of life that terminates when the vector finally moves its 180 degrees to the negative pole.”

The trajectory of this insight would lead him to his own 180-degree turn in thinking and eventually to work against legal abortion and the industry that promoted it.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Register correspondent Stephen Vincent writes from Wallingford, Connecticut.

Editor’s Note:

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison. Requiescat in Pace, Dr. Nathanson.We will pray for the repose of his soul and ask all ProLifers to do the same…

“And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil.  And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom.  And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in paradise.” Luke 23: 39-43

Dr. Nathanson’s story is one of the most powerful because it is about redemption. It gives me hope everyday that one day I may reach Purgatory. Our Lord’s Divine Mercy is a gift for those of us who think we do not deserve it.

Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord and for all the babies who have been killed in the wombs of their mothers. May perpetual light shine upon them.

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