How lying marketers sold Roe v. Wade to
Posted: January 21, 2005
"Women must have control over their own bodies."
"Safe and legal abortion is every woman's right."
"Who decides? You decide!"
"Abortion is a personal decision between a woman and
"Who will make this most personal decision of a woman's
life? Will women decide, or will the politicians and bureaucrats in
"Freedom of choice a basic American right."
In one of the most successful marketing campaigns in
modern political history, the "abortion rights movement" with all of its
emotionally compelling catch-phrases and powerful political slogans has
succeeded in turning what once was a heinous crime into a fiercely
defended constitutional right.
During the tumultuous 1960s, after centuries of legal
prohibition and moral condemnation of abortion, a handful of dedicated
activists launched an unprecedented marketing campaign. Their aim was
twofold: first, to capture the news media and thus public opinion, and
then, to change the nation's abortion laws.
Their success was rapid and total resulting in
abortion being legalized in all 50 states, for virtually any reason, and
throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Since the Supreme Court's
controversial Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, American doctors have
performed well over 40 million abortions.
Although polls consistently show a clear majority of
Americans disapprove of unfettered abortion-on-demand, the
movement's well-crafted, almost magical slogans appealing to Americans'
deeply rooted inclination toward tolerance, privacy and individual rights
have provided the abortion camp a powerful rhetorical arsenal with which
to fight off efforts to reverse Roe, which struck down all state laws
In marketing wars, the party that frames the terms of
the debate almost always wins. And the early abortion marketers
brilliantly succeeded in doing exactly that diverting attention away
from the core issues of exactly what abortion does to both the unborn
child and the mother, and focusing the debate instead on a newly created
issue: "choice." No longer was the morality of killing the unborn at
issue, but rather, "who decides."
The original abortion-rights slogans from the early
'70s they remain virtual articles of faith and rallying cries of the
"pro-choice" movement to this day were "Freedom of choice" and "Women
must have control over their own bodies."
"I remember laughing when we made those slogans up,"
recalls Bernard Nathanson, M.D., co-founder of pro-abortion vanguard group
NARAL, reminiscing about the early days of the abortion-rights movement in
the late '60s and early '70s. "We were looking for some sexy, catchy
slogans to capture public opinion. They were very cynical slogans then,
just as all of these slogans today are very, very cynical."
Besides having served as chairman of the executive
committee of NARAL originally, the National Association for the Repeal
of Abortion Laws, and later renamed the National Abortion and Reproductive
Rights Action League as well as its medical committee, Nathanson was one
of the principal architects and strategists of the abortion movement in
the United States. He tells an astonishing story.
Changing the law on abortion
"In 1968 I met Lawrence Lader," says Nathanson. "Lader
had just finished a book called 'Abortion,' and in it had made the
audacious demand that abortion should be legalized throughout the country.
I had just finished a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and was
impressed with the number of women who were coming into our clinics, wards
and hospitals suffering from illegal, infected, botched abortions.
"Lader and I were perfect for each other. We sat down
and plotted out the organization now known as NARAL. With Betty Friedan,
we set up this organization and began working on the strategy."
"We persuaded the media that the cause of permissive
abortion was a liberal, enlightened, sophisticated one," recalls the
movement's co-founder. "Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would
be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls.
We announced to the media that we had taken polls and that 60 percent of
Americans were in favor of permissive abortion. This is the tactic of the
self-fulfilling lie. Few people care to be in the minority. We aroused
enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating
the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual
figure was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media
repeatedly was 1 million.
"Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the
public. The number of women dying from illegal abortions was around
200-250 annually. The figure we constantly fed to the media was 10,000.
These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans,
convincing many that we needed to crack the abortion law.
"Another myth we fed to the public through the media
was that legalizing abortion would only mean that the abortions taking
place illegally would then be done legally. In fact, of course, abortion
is now being used as a primary method of birth control in the U.S. and the
annual number of abortions has increased by 1,500 percent since
NARAL's brilliantly deceitful marketing campaign,
bolstered by fraudulent "research," was uncannily successful. In New York,
the law outlawing abortion had been on the books for 140 years. "In two
years of work, we at NARAL struck that law down," says Nathanson. "We
lobbied the legislature, we captured the media, we spent money on public
relations ... Our first year's budget was $7,500. Of that, $5,000 was
allotted to a public relations firm to persuade the media of the
correctness of our position. That was in 1969."
New York immediately became the abortion capital for
the eastern half of the United States.
"We were inundated with applicants for abortion," says
Nathanson. "To that end, I set up a clinic, the Center for Reproductive
And Sexual Health (C.R.A.S.H.), which operated in the east side of
Manhattan. It had 10 operating rooms, 35 doctors, 85 nurses. It operated
seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to midnight. We did 120 abortions every day
in that clinic. At the end of the two years that I was the director, we
had done 60,000 abortions. I myself, with my own hands, have done 5,000
abortions. I have supervised another 10,000 that residents have done under
my direction. So I have 75,000 abortions in my life. Those are pretty good
credentials to speak on the subject of abortion."
'A window into the womb'
After two years, Nathanson resigned from C.R.A.S.H. and
became chief of the obstetrical service at St. Luke's Hospital in New York
City, a major teaching center for Columbia University Medical School. At
that time, in 1973, a raft of new technologies and apparatuses had just
become available, all designed to afford physicians a "window into the
Nathanson recalls the dazzling array of cutting-edge
technologies back then:
Real-time ultrasound: an instrument which beams
high frequency sound into the mother's abdomen. The echoes that come
back are collected by a computer and assembled into a moving picture;
Electronic fetal heart monitoring: We clamp an
apparatus on the mother's abdomen, and then continuously record the
fetal heart rate, instant by instant;
Fetoscopy: an optical instrument put directly into
the womb. We could watch that baby, actually eyeball it.
Cordocentesis: taking a needle, sticking it into the
pregnant mother's uterus and, under ultrasound, locating the umbilical
arteries and actually putting a needle into the cord, taking the baby's
blood, diagnosing its illnesses, and treating it by giving it medicine.
Today, surgery is actually performed on the unborn!
"Anyway," says Nathanson, "as a result of all of this
technology looking at this baby, examining it, investigating it,
watching its metabolic functions, watching it urinate, swallow, move and
sleep, watching it dream, which you could see by its rapid eye movements
via ultrasound, treating it, operating on it I finally came to the
conviction that this was my patient. This was a person! I was a physician,
pledged to save my patients' lives, not to destroy them. So I changed my
mind on the subject of abortion."
"There was nothing religious about it," he hastens to
add. "This was purely a change of mind as a result of this fantastic
technology, and the new insights and perceptions I had into the nature of
the unborn child."
Nathanson expressed some doubts about abortion then, in
an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine. "I was immediately
summoned to a kangaroo court and was discharged from the pro-abortion
movement, something I do not lose sleep over."
In 1985, intrigued by the question of what really
happens during an abortion in the first three months of a pregnancy,
Nathanson decided to put an ultrasound machine on the abdomen of a woman
undergoing an abortion and to videotape what happens.
"We got a film that was astonishing, shocking,
frightening," he says.
It was made into a film called "The Silent
Scream." It was shattering, and the pro-abortion people panicked.
Because at this point, we had moved the abortion debate away from
moralizing, sermonizing, sloganeering and pamphleteering into a
high-tech argument. For the first time, the pro-life movement now had
all of the technology and all of the smarts, and the pro-abortion people
were on the defensive.
Nathanson's film provoked a massive campaign of
defamation on the part of the pro-abortion movement, including charges
that he had doctored the film. He hadn't. "I was accused of everything
from pederasty to nepotism. But the American public saw the film."
In 1987, Nathanson released another, even stronger film
called "Eclipse of Reason," introduced by Charlton Heston. "'The Silent
Scream' dealt with a child who was aborted at 12 weeks," said Nathanson.
"But there are 400 abortions every day in this country that are done after
the third month of pregnancy. Contrary to popular misconception, Roe v.
Wade makes abortion permissible up to and including the ninth month of
pregnancy. I wanted to dramatize what happens in one of these late
abortions, after the third month.
They took a fetuscope, which is a long optical
instrument with a lens at one end and a strong light at the other. They
inserted the fetuscope into the womb of a woman at 19-1/2 weeks, and a
camera was clamped on the eyepiece and then the abortionist went to
This procedure was known as a D&E (dilation and
evacuation). It involves dilating the cervix, rupturing the bag of
waters, taking a large crushing instrument and introducing it way high
up into the uterus, grabbing a piece of the baby, pulling it off the
baby, and just repeating this procedure until the baby has been pulled
apart piece by piece.
Then the pieces are assembled on a table, put
together like a jigsaw puzzle, so the abortionist can be sure that the
entire baby has been removed. We photographed all this through the
fetuscope. This is a shattering film.
Thus did Bernard Nathanson, once a founder and top
strategist of the pro-abortion movement, come to be staunchly committed to
the cause of ending legalized abortion in America.
Nathanson is by no means the only abortionist to switch
sides in the abortion war. Indeed, in recent years hundreds of abortion
providers have left their profession. On its website, NARAL bemoans "the
dwindling number of doctors willing or trained to perform abortions."
If we really want to understand how abortion has been
so successfully marketed, there's no better source than those who have
worked in the abortion industry. They, like no one else, really know
first-hand what it's like to sell and perform abortions for a living.
Take a deep breath, and prepare to be deeply affected
by what you read next.
Carol Everett of Dallas, Texas, got involved in the
abortion industry in 1973, the year of Roe v. Wade, after having an
abortion herself. She set up referral clinics in Texas, Louisiana and
Oklahoma, then worked in two clinics in which 800 abortions were performed
monthly, and eventually ran five abortion clinics. She describes how women
coming to her clinics were counseled:
Those kids, when they find out that they are
pregnant, may not want an abortion; they may want information. But when
they call that number, which is paid for by abortion money, what kind of
information do you think they're going to get? Remember, they sell
abortions they don't sell keeping the baby, or giving the baby up for
adoption, or delivering that baby. They only sell abortions.
The counselor asks, "How far along are you? What's
the first day of your last normal period?"
They've got their wheel there and they figure it out.
The counselor is paid to be this girl's friend and authority figure. She
is supposed to seduce her into a friendship of sorts to sell her the
Surprisingly, professional public relations firms are
commonly brought in to train clinic personnel to sell women on the
Nita Whitten worked as chief secretary at another
Dallas abortion clinic, that of Dr. Curtis Boyd. Whitten concurs with
Everett about the often-obsessive profit motive of abortion clinics:
I was trained by a professional marketing
director in how to sell abortions over the telephone," she said. "He
took every one of our receptionists, nurses, and anyone else who would
deal with people over the phone through an extensive training period.
The object was, when the girl called, to hook the sale so she wouldn't
get an abortion somewhere else, or adopt out her baby, or change her
With disarming candor, Whitten adds: "We were doing it
for the money."
Kathy Sparks, who worked in a Granite City, Illinois,
abortion clinic, describes the manipulative counseling practices used at
One particular worker was very good. She could
sit down with these girls during counseling and cry with them at the
drop of a pin. She would immediately draw them out, asking them all
kinds of good questions, to find out what their pressure point was
what was driving them to want the abortion.
Whatever that pressure point was, she would magnify
it. If the girl was afraid her parents would kill her, and didn't know
how to tell them, the counselor would proceed by saying, "Well, that's
why abortion is here, we want to help you; this is the answer to your
If it was money, she would tell the girl how much
baby items cost: "You know it costs $3,000 to have a baby now," or "You
know, baby shoes are $28. Sleepers are $15. But you know, that's what's
so wonderful about abortion. We can take care of this problem and you
don't have to worry about it until you are financially prepared to have
The salesmanship at her abortion clinic was so
effective, says Sparks, that 99 out of every 100 women would go ahead and
have an abortion.
Abortion clinics, and particularly Planned Parenthood,
the world's largest abortion provider, insist publicly that they offer all
alternatives keeping the baby, adoption, abortion without coercion or
"The women were never given any type of alternatives to
abortions," says Debra Henry, who worked as an assistant and counselor for
six months at an OB/GYN office in Livonia, Michigan. "They were never told
about adoption agencies, that there were people out there willing to help
them, to give them homes to live in, to provide them with care, and even
Everett relates what happens after the initial
counseling of her clinic's clients: After the basic questions, the girls
were told briefly about what was to happen to them after the procedure.
All they were told about the procedure itself was that they would
experience slight cramping, similar to menstrual cramps. They were not
told about the development of the baby, or about the pain that the baby
would be experiencing, or about the physical or emotional effects the
abortion would have on them.
The two questions they always ask are: No. 1,
"Does it hurt?" And the answer would always be, "Oh, no. Your uterus is
a muscle. It's a cramp to open it, a cramp to close it just a slight
cramping sensation." And the girl thinks, "That's no problem. I can
stand that. I've been through it before." Then the client asks question
No. 2: "Is it a baby?"
"No," would come the answer, "it's a product of
conception," or "it's a blood clot," or "it's a piece of tissue." They
don't even call it a fetus, because that almost humanizes it too much,
but it's never a baby."
There are two standard reactions in the recovery room,
The first is: "I've killed my baby." It amazed me
that this was the first time the patients called it a baby, and the
first time they called it murder. But the second reaction is: "I am
hungry. You kept me in here for four hours and you told me I'd only be
here for two. Let me out of here." That woman is doing what I did when I
had my abortion. She's running from her abortion, not dealing with it.
Why doctors do abortions
Many doctors who perform abortions cite the same
contributory factors to their getting started the media, women's-rights
groups and their medical training itself. In addition, doing abortions
makes for a very lucrative practice.
Joseph Randall, M.D., of Atlanta, Georgia, frankly
admits that he was attracted to the large income potential that abortions
offered. Over the 10 years that he did abortions, Randall estimates that
he performed 32,000 of them.
"The media were very active early on," recalls Randall.
"They were probably one of the major influences on us, telling us that
abortion was not only legal, but that it was to serve women. It was to
give women a choice, more or less give them a freedom to grow and to take
their rightful place in society where they had been kind of pushed down
prior to that. We also believed the lie that there were tens of thousands
of women being maimed and killed from illegal abortions prior to
legalization of abortion law."
In 1972, the year prior to Roe v. Wade, 28 deaths were
reported from illegal abortions in the U.S.
"As part of our medical training," added Randall,
"abortions became a necessary procedure, according to the chief of my
department. This was in 1971, before the law had changed in the country,
but it had changed in New York a few years before. We needed to serve
women, we needed to know all the procedures that we had to do for women,
and we had to know how to do them well. Otherwise, we weren't considered
effectively trained. Our chief said that if we didn't do the abortions, we
might as well get out of obstetrics and gynecology because we just
wouldn't be complete physicians."
"Why do doctors do abortions?" asks Anthony Levantino,
M.D., an OB/GYN who provided abortions for his patients in his Albany, New
York, office for eight years. "Why did I do abortions? If you are
pro-choice, or, as a lot of people like to say, 'morally neutral' on the
subject, and you happen to be a gynecologist, then it's up to you to take
the instruments in hand and actively perform abortions. It's part of your
training. I've heard it many times from other obstetricians: Well, I'm not
really pro-abortion, I'm pro-woman.'
"The women's groups in this country have done a very
good job of selling that bill of goods to the population, that somehow
destroying a life is being pro-women. I can tell you a lot of
obstetricians believe it. I used to.
"Along the way," says Levantino, "you find out that you
can make a lot of money doing abortions. I worked 9 to 5. I was never
bothered at night. I never had to go out on weekends. And I made more
money than my obstetrician brethren. And I didn't have to face the
liability. That's a big factor, a huge perk. I almost never, ever had to
worry about her lawyer bothering me.
"In my practice, we were averaging between $250 and
$500 per abortion and it was cash. It's the one time as a doctor you can
say, 'Either pay me up front or I'm not going to take care of you.'
Abortion is totally elective. Either you have the money or you don't. And
they get it."
Cash payment is common in the abortion industry, says
"I've seen doctors walk out after three hours' work and
split $4,500 dollars between them on a Saturday morning more if you go
longer into the day," she said. "Of the four clinics I've worked in, none
of them ever showed that they collected the doctors' money; they collect
it separately, and do not show it on any of the records in those clinics.
That way, the doctors are independent contractors and the clinic doesn't
have to be concerned with their malpractice insurance, and doesn't have to
report their income to the IRS."
"Every single transaction that we did," adds Whitten,
"was cash money. We wouldn't take a check, or even a credit card. If you
didn't have the money, forget it. It wasn't unusual at all for me to take
$10,000 to $15,000 a day to the bank in cash."
Beverly McMillan, M.D., founded the first abortion
clinic in Mississippi and did a large volume of business. She makes the
provocative observation that not only do many abortion clinics require
payment in cash, but also do not report that income to the government.
"A lot of these folks do not declare all their income,"
she says flatly. "When you're dealing in cash, unless you're honest you
can just not have a record for that patient, not make an entry on your
ledger. I know some people who were paid under the counter. They would get
half of their salary in cash, and they never had to pay taxes on that. Why
the IRS doesn't go after these guys, I don't understand."
The heart of the matter
Ultrasound, the great awakener of Bernard Nathanson, is
routinely employed today to check on the progress of developing babies. In
an ironic and shadowy parallel, ultrasound is also used to aid in
The nurses have to look at the ultrasound picture
to gauge how far along the baby is for an abortion, because the larger
the pregnancy, the more you get paid. It was very important for us to do
that. But the turnover definitely got greater when we started using
ultrasound. We lost two nurses they couldn't take looking at it. Some
of the other staff left also.
What about the women having the abortions? Do they see
"They are never allowed to look at the ultrasound
because we knew that if they so much as heard the heartbeat, they wouldn't
want to have the abortion," said Randall.
A peculiar problem in the abortion clinic is fetal
"We basically put them down the garbage disposal if
they were small enough," says Whitten. "We hardly ever sent anything to
the laboratory for pathology unless there was something weird going on and
the doctor wanted to make sure he wouldn't get sued."
Kathy Sparks recalls: "Oftentimes, second trimester
abortions were performed and these babies we would not put in the little
jar with the label to send off to the pathology lab. We would put them
down a flush toilet that's where we would put these babies."
'There are no words to describe it'
Every year in the United States, over a million
abortions are performed including tens of thousands of late-term
abortions (after the 12th week). Many of these late abortions are carried
out by means of amniotic infusion (the injection of a foreign substance
into the amniotic sac) of saline, prostaglandin, urea, or another agent
designed to kill the unborn baby.
"Saline abortions have to be done in the hospital
because of complications that can arise," says OB/GYN staffer Debra Henry.
"Not that they can't arise during other times, but more so now. The
saline, a salt solution, is injected into the woman's sac and the baby
swallows it. The baby starts dying a slow, violent death. The mother feels
everything, and many times it is at this point when she realizes that she
really has a live baby inside of her, because the baby starts fighting
violently for his or her life. He's just fighting inside because he's
"One night a lady delivered and I was called to come
and see her because she was uncontrollable," says David Brewer, M.D., of
Glen Ellyn, Illinois. As a military physician in Ft. Rucher, Alabama,
Brewer performed abortions for 10 years. "I went in the room, and she was
going to pieces; she was having a nervous breakdown, screaming and
thrashing. The nurses were upset because they couldn't get any work done,
and all the other patients were upset because this lady was screaming. I
walked in, and here was her little saline abortion baby kicking. It had
been born alive, and was kicking and moving for a little while before it
finally died of those terrible burns, because the salt solution gets into
the lungs and burns the lungs, too."
"I'll tell you one thing about D&E," says Levantino.
"You never have to worry about a baby's being born alive. I won't describe
D&E other than to say that, as a doctor, you are sitting there tearing,
and I mean tearing you need a lot of strength to do it arms and legs
off of babies and putting them in a stack on top of a table."
Commenting on late-term D&E abortions, Everett recalls:
My job was to tell the doctor where the parts
were, the head being of special significance because it is the most
difficult to remove. The head must be deflated, usually by using the
suction machine to remove the brain, then crushing the head with large
The question of how doctors could tear apart a
virtually full-grown baby is painful, perplexing, mystifying.
"Psychologically," says Everett, "the doctors always
sized the baby at '24 weeks.' However, we did an abortion on one baby I
feel was almost full-term. The baby's muscle structure was so strong that
it would not come apart. The baby died when the doctor pulled the head off
Kathy Sparks describes a second-trimester abortion:
The baby's bones were far too developed to rip
them up with this curette, and so he would have to try to pull the baby
out with forceps, in about three or four major pieces. Then he scraped
and suctioned and scraped and suctioned, and then this little baby boy
was lying on the tray. His little face was perfectly formed, little eyes
closed and little ears everything was perfect about this little boy.
"There are no words to describe how bad it really is,"
says Everett. "I've seen sonograms of the baby pulling away from the
instruments as they are introduced into the vagina. And I've seen D&E's
through 32 weeks done without the mother's being put to sleep. And yes,
they hurt and they are very painful to the baby, and yes, they are very,
very painful to the woman. I've seen six people hold a woman on the table
while they did her abortion."
'My heart got calloused'
Physicians are manipulated into going against their own
consciences and performing abortions, says Brewer, all in the name of
helping women. He describes witnessing a suction abortion for the first
time, during his medical training:
I can remember ... the resident doctor sitting
down, putting the tube in, and removing the contents. I saw the bloody
material coming down the plastic tube, and it went into a big jar. My
job afterwards was to go and undo the jar, and to see what was inside.
I didn't have any views on abortion; I was in a
training program, and this was a brand new experience. I was going to
get to see a new procedure and learn. I opened the jar and took the
little piece of stockingette stocking and opened that little bag. The
resident doctor said, "Now put it on that blue towel and check it out.
We want to make sure that we got it all." I thought, "That'll be
exciting hands-on experience looking at tissue." I opened the sock up
and put it on the towel, and there were parts of a person in
I had taken anatomy, I was a medical student. I
knew what I was looking at. There was a little scapula and an arm, I
saw some ribs and a chest, and a little tiny head. I saw a piece of a
leg, and a tiny hand and an arm and, you know, it was like somebody put
a hot poker into me. I had a conscience, and it hurt. Well, I
checked it out and there were two arms and two legs and one head and so
forth, and I turned and said, "I guess you got it all." That was a very
hard experience for me to go through emotionally.
Here I was with no real convictions, caught in the
middle. And so I did what a lot of us do throughout our life. We don't
do anything. I didn't talk with anybody about it, I didn't talk with my
folks about it, I didn't think about it. I did nothing. And do
you know what happened? I got to see another abortion. That one hurt
too. But again I didn't do anything, and so I kept seeing abortions. Do
you know what? It hurt a little bit less every time I saw one.
Then I got to sit down and do an abortion. Well, the
first one that I did was kind of hard. It hurt me again like a hot
poker. But after a while, it got to where it didn't hurt. My heart got
calloused. I was like a lot of people are today afraid to stand up. I
was afraid to speak up. Or some of us, maybe we aren't afraid, but we
just don't have our own convictions settled yet.
One particular abortion changed Brewer's life. "I
remember an experience as a resident on a hysterotomy (a late-term
abortion delivered by caesarean section). I remember seeing the baby move
underneath the sack of membranes as the caesarean incision was made,
before the doctor broke the water."
The thought came to me, 'My God, that's a
person.' Then he broke the water. And when he broke the water, it
was like I had a pain in my heart, just like when I saw the first
suction abortion. And then he delivered the baby, and I couldn't touch
it. I wasn't much of an assistant. I just stood there, and the reality
of what was going on finally began to seep into my calloused brain and
They took that little baby that was making little
sounds and moving and kicking, and set it on the table in a cold,
stainless steel bowl. And every time I would look over while we were
repairing the incision in the uterus and finishing the Caesarean, I
would see that little person kicking and moving in that bowl.
And it kicked and moved less and less, of course, as
time went on. I can remember going over and looking at that baby when we
were done with the surgery and the baby was still alive. You could see
the chest was moving and the heart beating, and the baby would try to
take a little breath like that, and it really hurt inside, and it began
to educate me as to what abortion really was.
Levantino, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Troy, New
York, relates the revealing and very personal story of what happened that
caused him to stop performing abortions:
There was this tremendous conflict going on
within me. Here I am, doing my D&Cs (an early-term suction abortion),
five and six a week, and I'm doing salines on a nightly basis whenever I
was on call. The resident on call got the job of doing the salines, and
there would usually be two or three of those. They were horrible,
because you would see one intact, whole baby being born, and sometimes
they were alive. And that was very, very, very frightening. It was a
very stomach-turning kind of existence.
My wife and I were looking desperately for a baby to
adopt, even while I was throwing them in the garbage at the rate of nine
and 10 a week. The thought occurred to me even then, "I wish one of
these people would just let me have their child." But it doesn't work
We were lucky it just took four months before we
adopted a healthy little girl, and we called her Heather.
We can talk about why doctors do abortions, and I
think that the reasons tend to be more or less universal. But why
doctors change their minds, I think, is very personal, very different
from one doctor to the next. My reasons for quitting were very personal.
Life was good until June 23, 1984. On that date I was
on call, but I was at home at the time. We had some friends over and our
children were playing in the back yard. At 7:25 that evening, we heard
the screech of brakes out in front of the house. We ran outside, and
Heather was lying in the road. We did everything we could, but she died.
Let me tell you something. When you lose a child
your child life is very different. Everything changes. And all of a
sudden the idea of a person's life becomes very real. It's not an
embryology course anymore; it's not just a couple of hundred dollars.
It's the real thing. It's your child you buried.
The old discomforts came back in spades. I couldn't
even think about a D&E abortion any more, no way. Then you start to
realize, this is somebody's child. I lost my child someone who was
very precious to us. And now I'm taking somebody's child, and I'm
tearing them right out of their womb. I'm killing somebody's child.
That's what it took to get me to change.
My own sense of self-esteem went down the tubes. I
began to feel like a paid assassin. That's exactly what I was. You watch
the movies, when somebody goes up to a hit man and pays them to kill
someone; that's exactly what I was doing. It got to a point that it just
wasn't worth it to me anymore. The money wasn't worth it. "Poor women,"
my butt. I don't care. This was coming out of my hide, costing me too
much personally. For all the money in the world, it wouldn't have made
any difference. So I quit.
Putting the genie back in the bottle
In the strangest of ironies, Bernard Nathanson, perhaps
the closest thing to being "the man who started it all" for the
"pro-choice movement" the Edward Teller of abortion now spends his
days trying to put the abortion genie back in the bottle. Like Norma
McCorvey who as the barefoot-and-pregnant "Jane Roe" was the
pro-abortion plaintiff in the Supreme Court's momentous and fateful Roe v.
Wade decision Nathanson, also, is today dedicated to putting an end to
what both now see as a national tragedy on a par with the Nazi Holocaust.
"Let me share with you my own personal perception of
the abortion tragedy," Nathanson told one California audience:
I'm going to set it against my Jewish heritage
and the Holocaust in Europe. The abortion holocaust is beyond the
ordinary discourse of morality and rational condemnation. It is not
enough to pronounce it absolutely evil. Absolute evil used to
characterize this abortion tragedy (43 million and counting) is an inept
The abortion tragedy is a new event, severed from
connections with traditional presuppositions of history, psychology,
politics and morality. It extends beyond the deliberations of reason,
beyond the discernments of moral judgment, beyond meaning itself. It
trivializes itself to call itself merely a holocaust or a tragedy.
It is, in the words of Arthur Cohen, perhaps the
world's leading scholar on the European Holocaust, a mysterium
tremendum, an utter mystery to the rational mind a mystery that
carries with it not only the aspect of vastness, but the resonance of
terror, something so unutterably diabolic as to be literally unknowable
"This is an evil torn free of its moorings in reason
and causality, an ordinary secular corruption raised to unimaginable
powers of magnification and limitless extremity. Nelly Sachs, a poetess
who wrote poems on the Holocaust in Europe and who won the Nobel Prize in
1966, wrote a poem called 'Chorus of the Unborn.' Permit me to give you a
few lines. She said:
We, the unborn, the yearning has begun to plague
as shores of blood broaden to receive us.
Like dew, we sink into love but still
the shadows of time lie like questions over our secret."
When we honestly face the sheer barbarism and brutality
of abortion some of which amounts to infant torture and murder we're
left with a dilemma.
Most people who consider themselves "pro-choice" are,
by all appearances, reasonable and caring human beings. And yet they
condone, and some even champion, the right to perpetrate the very acts of
deception, betrayal, mutilation, torture and killing described in these
pages. How can this be?
In searching for an explanation, Bernard Nathanson
compares America's abortion "holocaust" with what occurred in Germany
during WWII. While some might call that a stretch, there are at least a
couple of parallels that are both stunning and inescapable and very
During the Nazi era, it's a fact that many "reasonable
and caring" Germans somehow came to regard Jews as less than human.
Somehow their perception had been so tampered with that, although their
physical eyes would see a human being, in their minds they saw the Jew as
something less than human and therefore disposable.
For that matter, even in our own nation during the
Civil War era, the Supreme Court in its infamous Dred Scott decision
denied the full personhood of Americans of African origin, and ruled that
they could never become U.S. citizens. Writing for the court majority,
Chief Justice Roger B. Taney said blacks have "no rights which the white
man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be
reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as
an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever profit could be
made by it."
But what about the Declaration of Independence, with
its bedrock affirmation that "all men are created equal"? How did the
Supreme Court get around that? According to Chief Justice Taney: "It is
too clear for dispute, that the enslaved African race were not intended to
be included, and formed no part of the people who framed and adopted this
As it has so many times throughout history, this same
dehumanizing phenomenon complete with an illegitimate blessing by the
U.S. Supreme Court has occurred once again, this time with unborn
children as the victims.
Whereas once upon a time pregnant mothers were
respectfully, lovingly referred to as being "with child," today we coldly
refer to the unborn not as a child but as a "fetus." Indeed, the word
"fetus" has taken on qualities and characteristics convenient to the
pro-abortion viewpoint implying something less than human, with little
intrinsic worth, and therefore disposable. If an abortionist or
"pro-choicer" looks at a "fetus," his eyes will see a perfectly formed
human child for that is what a fetus actually is but his mind will see
an ugly, nonhuman, disposable lump of tissue.
Interestingly, if there were no word for "fetus," such
a switch of realities would be more difficult. The word itself becomes a
convenient carrier of the "ugly, nonhuman" characteristics, and is thus a
key tool for denying the humanity of the unborn human child.
We're dealing with very deep denial here. Let me offer
a personal example: More than two decades ago, as a news reporter I
confronted a Planned Parenthood attorney with a photograph of a white,
five-gallon plastic bucket filled with dead, late-term human babies the
results of one day's abortions at a Canadian hospital. His response was to
deny that what he saw were really human babies, and suggested that perhaps
they were actually dead monkeys. Mind you, this man made his living
defending the world's largest abortion provider but when he saw real
abortions, he denied what was right in from of his own eyes.
Babies, "fetuses," monkeys? This sleight-of-hand
substitution of a false reality for the real one may make more sense when
you consider that a skilled hypnotist can cause his subject to see a doll
as a real baby and more chillingly, to see a real baby as only a doll.
But we're not talking about hypnosis here or are we?
When a stage hypnotist can so quickly and dramatically
alter his subject's perceptions quickly making an educated adult forget
his own name, think he's a yodeling champion, or strut around on state
clucking like a rooster isn't it reasonable to think that whatever
mysterious dynamics allow this sort of mental manipulation on stage would
also crop up, perhaps in more disguised ways, in "real life"?
If so, how does a population get itself into such a
trance, such a grotesque and deadly delusion, all the while thinking it's
embraced something enlightened and liberating?
In the case of Nazi Germany, the answer is obvious.
There was one, national hypnotist-in-chief, a leader-manipulator who
understood the wounded pride of a people crushed by their total loss of
WWI and humiliated by the subsequent Treaty of Versailles. Understanding
their angers and their intense need to reclaim their national pride,
Hitler played the German people like a virtuoso violinist plays a
Stradivarius. Bypassing reason, he appealed directly and intensely to raw
emotion and he radically altered their perception of reality.
In America, the process is much more subtle.
First, over the last few decades our nation embraced
the notion that total sexual freedom, without marriage, without
restriction of any kind, is a right an entitlement. We've been seduced
into separating sexuality from its God-ordained purpose the sanctified
union between husband and wife, within the protective confines of
marriage, from which issues the most precious of all things our
children. We have abandoned reason and self-restraint in favor of the
self-indulgent fulfillment of our personal desires and lusts. And
logically, if sex without consequences is the top priority which it has
become then abortion simply has to be OK, no matter what.
Second, a huge factor in making abortion acceptable,
indeed a fundamental American right, has been the change in American law:
Whether in Nazi Germany or in Roe v. Wade America, legalizing something is
immensely powerful in persuading people of the moral acceptability of
immoral acts. In fact, for a great many people, legal equals moral.
Today, in America, the unborn baby is the obvious
victim of the abortion holocaust. But there are other victims. Vulnerable
young women are deceived by manipulative counselors and unscrupulous
"health professionals" into believing their unborn babies are not human,
only to find out too late, in the recovery room or shortly thereafter,
that they ended the lives of their own children. What crueler trick could
one play on a mother?
In truth, millions of people who think of themselves as
"pro-choice" are victims of sophisticated marketing campaigns, designed to
appeal to their deepest feelings about freedom and equality, while
simultaneously hooking them through powerful appeals to their selfishness.
Understand that marketing evil is different from
marketing blue jeans. In the commercial world, you profile people in your
target market and map out strategies for selling to them. You're appealing
to them, yes, but you're not changing them, just understanding
their mental-emotional-cultural makeup and reaching in and pushing buttons
to elicit the desired response.
In marketing evil, however, a much more profound
process is at work. You're in the business of changing, seducing,
corrupting people. And the way back is not so easy because we all exist
in a state of pride, which means we don't like to see we've done something
wrong. So, once we've been tempted to cross the line in this case, to
have an abortion our very consciousness and loyalties often change.
In the same way, many of the physicians who perform
abortions have also been victims of sorts, pressured to do so by an amoral
and cowardly medical establishment. Each in his own way has fallen prey to
the appealing rhetoric of the abortion marketer who justifies their
destructive acts and anesthetizes their consciences.
Let's take a closer look at how easily a person's
conscience can be deadened and their perceptions tampered with:
As Dr. Brewer explained, medical students go against
their conscience by learning to perform abortions because their residency
chief insists they must if they ever want to become doctors. The residency
chief is an authority, and authorities exert an automatic hypnotic effect
on suggestible people. (Indeed, people's vulnerability to an authority's
"suggestion" is a core principle of hypnosis.) And what makes the
"subject" here suggestible? The fact that the med student's future career
is at stake provides a strong inducement for him to give up his principles
to fulfill the requirements for success in his chosen field.
When people are the victims of con men, they often are
loath to recognize that they have been deceived, simply because they don't
want to think they have exercised bad judgment or done anything wrong. In
this example, once the medical student started performing abortions,
before long he could no longer see that it was wrong. Moreover, the
decreasing conflict he felt each time he performed an abortion is evidence
of a movement away from conscience as his involvement progressed. This
mirrors the pattern in all corruption the first lie, the first act of
embezzlement, the first rape, the first murder is always the hardest.
The Bible describes this seduction process whereby we
ignore our conscience so we can obtain some perceived advantage, as well
as the spiritual blindness that is our only real reward:
Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;
and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people
is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have
they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I
should heal them.
From its inception in the 1960s, America's legal and
cultural embrace of abortion has been based on lies, deception, greed and
monumental selfishness. Bernard Nathanson courageously exposed the cynical
marketing campaign he led the fabricated statistics, the slogans, the
issue positioning by public relations professionals and the cowardly
cooperation of a servile news media. The other repentant abortion
providers profiled here further illustrate the emotional manipulation and
deceit not to mention the betrayal, suffering and death that have
characterized the abortion movement from the start.
But these are only a few stories. There's not enough
room to go into the utter fraud of Planned Parenthood, the world's largest
abortion provider, founded by the racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger, who
preached the inferiority of non-white races and had close ties to Hitler's
director of genetic sterilization, Ernst Rudin.
There's not enough room to go into detail about Norma
McCorvey the original "Jane Roe" on behalf of whom the Roe v. Wade case
was fought and won. Guess what? McCorvey now admits Roe v. Wade was a
fraud, and that she was "used" by abortion-rights attorneys in their quest
to legalize the procedure. In fact, in 2003 McCorvey filed suit in federal
court to have Roe v. Wade overturned. Among her 5,437 pages of evidence
were affidavits from more than 1,000 women who testified that having an
abortion had devastating emotional, physical and psychological effects on
them. Today, McCorvey is passionately and publicly committed to undoing
the damage she did in her earlier years and putting the abortion genie
back in the bottle.
Ah, but this is not easily done. McCorvey has
encountered the same bizarre denial that Nathanson has on his journey to
personal redemption. After years of promoting abortion and helping to make
it acceptable in the minds of the media and the public, Nathanson could
not undo his earlier manipulations. Once he sold his followers on the
abortion idea, he could not un-sell them even by explaining the
mechanics of behind-the-scenes manipulation, or by producing films showing
frighteningly clear video footage of the horrors of abortion.
In truth, it's one thing to make a person do something
wrong by deceiving him into thinking that it was right, but it is quite
another thing to get him to face the fact that it was wrong, and that he
has been deceived. The human ego doesn't like to see that it is wrong.
Whether this seduction comes by way of an instructor in
medical school, by peer pressure from friends or parents to have an
abortion, or by Planned Parenthood (an authority figure for scared
teenagers), the seduced no longer sees reality as he or she once saw it,
but as the seducer-authority sees it. Of course, there is a temporary
comfort in this for the victim. He or she has been set free to pursue
whatever course is most convenient or advantageous or pleasurable thanks
However, due to the unnaturalness of the conditioning
process, the pain of suffering and tragedy can often jolt people back into
a state of consciousness and awakening. Dr. Levantino mysteriously "woke
up" from his "trance" to the horror of his abortion practice when his own
daughter died. Dr. McMillan woke up while standing at the sink at the back
of her clinic, examining the ripped-apart body of a little aborted baby.
Although she had done this examination hundreds of times before, this
time, for some mysterious reason, her consciousness was awakened as she
realized for the first time that this was a human baby.
Sometimes self-deception, like a rubber band, can be
stretched only so far before it breaks or snaps back to normal.
When the Nazi Holocaust finally came to an end, Allied
soldiers led the horrified German population the law-abiding,
government-believing, "reasonable and caring" people of the day through
the concentration camps. Newsreels of this guided tour show women crying
convulsively, stunned men with heads bowed low in shock and dismay.
Filing past piles of emaciated corpses, the stench of
death everywhere, an unspeakable horror permeated their souls. For all at
once, they realized that the nagging doubt in the back of their minds
the secret fear that the rumors of genocide might actually be true, but
which they had disbelieved, thinking such negative thoughts to be from the
demon of disloyalty had actually been the desperate cry of inner truth.
The soft, velvety denial they had lived in vanished instantly, and in its
place, the agony of guilt and betrayal.
Don't look down on these people. At least they faced
their sins of omission and tacit complicity, having believed their leaders
and ignored the urgings of their own conscience. They were forced to
acknowledge the horror they had previously denied.
What about us? Will we one day tour through the
wreckage of our own culture of death and weep?
"Women must have control over their own bodies."
"Safe and legal abortion is every woman's right."
"Who decides? You decide!"
"Abortion is a personal decision between a woman and
"Who will make this most personal decision of a woman's
life? Will women decide, or will the politicians and bureaucrats in
"Freedom of choice a basic American right."
The next time you hear these feel-good "pro-choice"
marketing slogans, don't be surprised if a chill runs up your spine, as
you realize more vividly than ever what they really mean.
Kupelian is vice president and managing editor of WorldNetDaily.com
and Whistleblower magazine, and author of the forthcoming book, "The
Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us
Corruption Disguised as Freedom."
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