Late pro-life activist and former renowned abortion physician
Now con to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
"You know I think I know a little about abortion. I was one of the founders of NARAL [Pro-Choice America]... in 1969 and for a period of two years I was [the] [d]irector of the largest abortion clinic in the Western world...
Since those times we have a science, which is known as Fetology, [and] has allowed us to study the human fetus. And all those studies have concluded without exception that the unborn child is a human being indistinguishable from any of us and an integral part of our human community.
In discussing abortion we must also understand that the unborn child is not the only victim. Women themselves are victims, just as the unborn children are... Women in increasing numbers, hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands, have had their wombs perforated, infected, destroyed. Women have been sterilized, castrated, all as a result which they have had no true knowledge...
Now the destruction of a living human being is no solution to what is basically a social problem. I believe a resort to such violence is an admission of scientific and even worse, ethical impoverishment. Somehow I refuse to believe that Americans, who have put men on the moon can't devise a better solution than the resort to violence... Let's all for humanity's sake, here and now, stop the killing."
Documentary film The Silent Scream, 1984
[Editor's Note: Prior to Bernard Nathanson's Con position, he was an abortion provider and Pro to our core question, as indicated in his June 11, 2009 interview with the Washington Times below.]
"I was on the pro-abortion side... I was giving [a course] in the technique of abortion in New York in 1970 under the auspices of NARAL. And I did late-term abortions until I changed my opinion as of 1980... My switch to pro-life had nothing to do with religion... I changed my mind, based on fetoscopies and ultrasound studies. Once we had ultrasound in place, we could study the fetus and see it was a member of our community. If you don't do that, you're just a creature of political ideology."
"Ex-abortionist Recalls Tiller," Washington Times, June 11, 2009
Experts Individuals with MDs, PhDs, ThDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to abortion; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in abortion and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Medical College, 1990-2002
Clinical Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cornell University, 1984-1990
Member, American Bioethics Advisory Commission
Pro-life documentary producer, The Silent Scream and Eclipse of Reason
Chief of Obstetrical Services, St. Luke's Hospital, 1972-1978
Director, Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health (CRASH), New York, 1970-1972
Co-Founder, NARAL - National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now NARAL Pro-Choice America), 1969
Medical intern, New York's Women's Hospital, 1955
MD, McGill University Faculty of Medicine (Canada), 1949