When Does Life Begin?

WHEN DOES LIFE BEGIN? (By Rita and Edgar Riel)
Some say life begins when the baby takes his or her first breath outside the womb. Most say life begins at conception. Others say life begins midway between conception and the baby taking his or her first breath on its own. With these three different opinions of when life begins, we find that, neither is the Supreme Court of the land able to reach a decision as to when life begins with their natural minds. We say “natural mind” because life’s most important question, “when does life begin?” can only be answered spiritually. What the Supreme Court has decided is the following.

“We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins…the judiciary at this point, in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.”

Then, the highest court made a key admission:
“If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case (or Roe’s case) collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.”

What the court’s decision is saying, in effect, is that “if personhood is established, then “Roe’s case collapses, and the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed by the 14th amendment.” Because of the Supreme Court’s openness for any one to bring evidence to when life begins when personhood is established, we take this opportunity to defend personhood by presenting the spiritual understanding of when life begins.

The Supreme Court, which is considered to have the most brilliant, educated and reasonable minds in our country, nevertheless, by their own admission in saying, “the judiciary at this point, in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer,” Therefore, the judiciary could not determine when life begins and seems to leave this decision up to technology and science. However, Scripture warns us how science is “falsely so called” (1 Tim. 6:20); (Col. 2:8), and that is because, science reasons with the natural mind and history has proven that science hardly, if ever, except for true science, acknowledges the spiritual. This may very well be the reason why it is said to be “falsely so called” and may lead many away from the truth in discerning the spiritual meaning to when life begins.

Consequently, if these most learned men, we appoint in our nation, cannot establish when life begins within “the development of man’s knowledge” (natural mind), we must then seek the answer in the Word of God: for therein, it will be found spiritually. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14) (1 Cor. 15:46).

In relation to this, the Supreme Court and very few people understand that the natural understanding and the things that are seen were given to reveal symbolically the spiritual understanding of the things that are unseen, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20). The Godhead spoken of in this verse speaks of “the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” and is showing that we are without excuse if we do not relate to that life being formed in the womb to the life of the “image of the invisible God” in heaven: for God created man ‘in His own image. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1: 27) (Col. 1:15a);. In other words, the personhood that is being made, created and formed invisibly by God in the womb and made in the image of God, is symbolic of the Godhead that is already invisible and established in heaven (Isa. 43:7).

We pray that the following will give further understanding to the Scriptural truths written above.

WHEN LIFE BEGINS:
In this study of when life begins, we will provide two or more verses of Scripture in context as witnesses; “for every Word to be established” (2 Cor. 13:1b); (Deu. 19:15b). We will be using the Word of God, the King James Version, which has been the standard Bible (law) for the past 400 years by which we can judge all things. (Mat 5:18) With this standard for truth, we will proceed to find the answer to the Supreme Court’s decision, which said, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case (or Roe’s case) collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.”

Since the answer has been hidden to the natural mind until now, let us seek the spiritual meaning of when life begins. We find that most everyone believes life begins at conception or thereafter even after the baby is born when it takes his or her first breath. This is an answer that can only be found and understood spiritually and not with the natural mind according to (1 Cor. 2:14). What a great victory that would be for the preservation of the potential multiplied millions of lives yet to be born if ‘we the people’ and the Supreme Court would consider and understand the spiritual meaning and evidence presented of when life begins and when personhood is established!

To arrive to the spiritual reality of when life begins, we must first compare the order of the Godhead “in heaven:” – the Father, the WORD and the Holy Spirit – with the order of the God- head being formed and created in the image of God “in earth” as it is “in heaven”. “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”(Matt.6:10).

THE ORDER OF THE GODHEAD, WHICH IS “IN HEAVEN”:
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7). The order of God “in heaven” is always listed as in the preceding verse throughout Scripture. (Matt. 28:19). The second Person, “the Word”, signifies Jesus. (Rev. 19: 13); (John 1: 14) all three persons of the triune God eternally existed as God, according to His eternal power and Godhead, as said in (Rom. 1:20).

THE ORDER OF THE GODHEAD, WHICH IS “IN EARTH”:
“And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one” (1 John 5:8). The reason the Holy Spirit is mentioned first here, in the only place in Scripture, is because the “three in earth” are looking up to heaven to “bear witness” of the “three that bear record” in heaven” (1 John 5:7). Specifically, these three, – “the Spirit, and the water and the blood” – that agree and bear witness “in earth”, are bearing witness of the order of God that is being formed in the woman, “in earth” as it is in the order of the Godhead that bears record “in heaven” (Matt. 6: 10).

Another reason the Holy Spirit is mentioned first, “in earth” in (1 John 5: 8), is because He is bearing witness of the water and the blood, both of which are symbolic of Jesus, and that the Holy Spirit’s 7 functions or offices “in earth” is to bear witness, “to testify of” and to “glorify” Jesus. (John 15:26b); (John 16:14); (John 14:26b). It is only through the Spirit that man can come to understand the spiritual meaning of “the blood and the water”. Therefore, both (1 John 5:7) and (1 John 5:8) speak of the order of God in the Godhead, so that we can compare life “in heaven” with life being formed and created in the image of God in the woman here “in earth”.

The Father is not mentioned in (1 John 5:8). The reason the Father is not mentioned is because in Jesus, “… dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2 :9); (1;19). The word “bodily’ is said because Jesus was made and was created bodily in ‘a woman’. “…made of a woman, made under the law” to redeem them that were under the law” (Gal. 4:4b, 5a). Jesus, who was invisible “in heaven” was made visible as a “faithful and true witness” to us here “in earth”. (Rev. 3:14); (Jer. 42:5). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1: 14); “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh” (1Tim. 3:16a),”in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18). Born of the Spirit (Luke 1:35) of a virgin with- out Adam’s sinful bloodline, Jesus lived a perfect life in obedience to His Father, which qualified Him to redeem us from what Adam, nor we, Adam’s descendants, could do by our works.

Therefore, these three: “the Spirit, and the water and the blood”, “bear witness” and “agree” “in earth” (1 John 5:8), of that which is already written and recorded “in heaven” (1 John 5:7). We say, “written” because Jesus always appealed to the totally preserved and “every word” (Luke 4: 4) written Word of God” to correct error by saying “it is written” (Matt. 4:4). God’s Word is “for ever settled in heaven” (Ps. 119: 89, 160); “and the scripture cannot be broken;” (John 10:35).

We are saved and sanctified by faith in the water of the Word (Eph. 5:26) and the blood,  “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17: 11). We can see from this verse eleven that the blood is both applicable to the human life and the spiritual life to be born again by the Holy Spirit “in earth”.

LIFE OF THE FLESH THAT IS IN THE BLOOD PRECEDES THE BREATH OF LIFE
The Life of the flesh that is in the blood always speaks and testifies of Jesus as we read above in (Lev. 17:11) and always precedes the breath of life that is representative of the Holy Spirit in the order of the Godhead “in heaven”. When Jesus “breathed on” His disciples “and said”, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”, (John 20:22); we understand by “breathed” that it is the Holy Spirit that is represented as the ‘breath of life’.(Gen 2:7). With the Holy Spirit bearing witness “in earth” of the order of the Godhead in heaven, let us now proceed to understand how the three that “bear record in heaven” parallel and reveal “when life begins” and “personhood” is established here “in earth”.

If Jesus, might have the preeminence in all things, (Col. 1:18); (Eph. 1:21); (John 3:35); and always precedes the Holy Spirit, in the order of God in heaven, which we find throughout the Bible, then, the life of the flesh that is in the blood, that represents Jesus (Lev.17:11) must precede the “breath of life that represents the Holy Spirit, (John 20:22; John 3:8); (Acts 2:2); (Eze.37:5,9).

More specifically, we find that life begins in earth at the time the marriage union of a man and a woman is consummated. The marriage union is consummated at a time when the most intimate act of the sexes is fulfilled when the man and the woman become “one flesh” (Mat.19:5); (I Cor. 6:16). Life begins with Jesus first supplying the life of the flesh that is in the blood of man “in earth” – in the woman, – at consummation before the Holy Spirit supplies the breath of life through the mother’s umbilical cord at conception. (John 20:22); (Acts 17:25)

This life, that is in the blood, in the seed of man, begins the process of the beginning of life at consummation, but at conception, God begins to form that precious innocent life within the womb when the breath of life is supplied by the mother. Not only in the natural time frame does life begin before conception but also according to His eternal power that is outside of natural time where God exists having created time and space. This is evident when God said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jer. 1:5). (Eph. 1:4); (Heb. 4:3) This is where the Lord holds us accountable and, “without excuse”, if we fail to see when life begins physically and eternally according to His “eternal power and Godhead” (Rom.1:20).

A NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT: If any find themselves in that situation of having committed abortion and may feel condemned and without hope for having believed that this life within is called a fetus, not understanding how and when life begins according (Romans 1:20), please know that there is forgiveness in God: If we, first of all “repent, turn, confess to God. “…he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9).

In God’s omnipotent power to create life in His image, He chose to place the life of the flesh that is in the blood in the seed of man. From the multitude of seeds, only one of the minuscule seeds is all that is needed to create a person. That tiny seed contains the life of the flesh that is in the blood, representing Jesus, by whom life begins. Jesus came to earth to bring us life (John 10:10b). Let us keep in mind always that this microscopic seed, carrying life, swims upstream to its destination and must not be despised in the day of its small beginnings. (Zech. 4:10); (Job 8:7)

Before we close, we humbly present before the Supreme Court to consider the spiritual evidence above of when “personhood is established”, which the judiciary said, “in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.” Since the answer can not be given with man’s knowledge, we have appealed to the spiritual understanding according to the Word of God. Our plea is for the multitude of innocent lives that may possibly be aborted in the future.

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Ask Forgiveness for a Medical Procedure? Yes!!!

Do I need to be forgiven for having a gall stone removed? No, that’s not what I mean….

In the past 44 years since abortion became legal nationally due to the Roe V. Wade decision, over 50 Million unborn babies have had their lives snuffed out.
As much as we who are ProLife think about those precious innocent babies. Do we stop to really think about those women who lost those babies due to abortion?
In abortion there are two victims. One is left living (usually) and the other is left dead. But the mother, who must go on living with the knowledge that she chose to terminate the life of her own child is often tortured. And many don’t realize they have committed a sin,due to many factors,including teaching about “evolution”. Our culture has called abortion a “Medical Procedure”. The truth is that abortion is a Killing. The killing is not just of the unborn child within the womb. Other deaths take place. Often the death of the spirit of that woman takes place. She is so wounded by the abortion experience that her life is altered forever.
Women need healing and hope after an abortion. But due to the pain, shame, and guilt, most women may keep their abortion(s) a secret. They hold in the pain. The pain does come out in many ways, however. These women often lose their relationship with the father of the baby that was aborted. They then may go on to have serial relationships which are unhealthy or even abusive, since often low self-esteem results from an abortion. Other women may turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. And others yet may harden their hearts and conscience and try going on like nothing happened.

The women have been lied to and duped by this culture of death. They are suffering and many don’t know where to turn for relief.
As a woman who has gone the through the torture of abortion personally, I can tell you there is only one place or really one person to turn to that is JESUS. He is the only one capable of taking away from you the sin of abortion. You see, when a woman makes the choice to kill, she has the blood of her unborn baby on her hands. That is innocent blood. So you see that is why you feel so badly. It’s why you need to drink, or do drugs, or have relationships, or sex to try to brush away that guilty stain on your heart and mind.

You cannot remove the pain, the stain; you cannot do it. Jesus can! He died a horrible death on a Roman Cross to take upon Himself the responsibility for what you have done. Can you believe it? Many cannot. It sounds too simple, right? Or maybe it sounds too good to be true? Or maybe it sounds like a Religion? Rationalizations can be innumerable. But Jesus is none of those things. He is a person. He is the Savior (of you,) if you will only call out with a mustard seed (tiny bit) of belief in Him, then He will show himself to you, personally. You can ask him for forgiveness. You need to ask. It is called Repentence. We cannot and will not be forgive unless we ask for it. That is the Free Will that God put in each of us. He forgave me. He will do it for you-when you choose to ASK Him.
The only way Jesus will not come and cleanse and forgive you is if you are unwilling. Some are too proud. Some are too smart or educated. Some believe there are many paths to God or heaven. Some think they are “good” people. Some just deny the pain away and believe they did nothing wrong, it was a blob of tissue and just a medical procedure. You know in your heart of hearts it was so much more.

I am so grateful that Jesus loved me so much that he drew me to himself with his great Love. He does that. He draws people through his Goodness and Mercy.
In our culture if someone commits a homicide. Lets say goes up to someone and shoots another person with a gun. That person is guilty of murder, and is punished. Yet our culture legalized, condones and even promotes murdering the most helpless people of all. And the only punishment for the doctors and women is perhaps a guilty conscience, if that.

I hope you will think about what I have said. Let it really sink in to your heart and mind. Maybe you are a person of another religion. Maybe you don’t believe in God’s existence. Or maybe you believe in many paths of righteousness that can lead to “God” as you see Him or Her or It.
Whatever the case may be in your personal life. All you need to do is sit on your bed and sincerely (verbally or silently) say “Jesus, if you are real, as others believe. Then please show yourself to me. ” He will begin in perhaps subtle ways to draw you. You will see His faithfulness. Open your heart and you will see.
It may sound silly, but again, it’s the mustard seed of faith. And He hears you when you call. He loves you. He created you. He knew you before your were born and even before this earth was created.

He wants to make your life whole again. He wants you to know His Great Love and Forgiveness. We all need forgiveness because none of us has lived a perfect life. And we cannot be good enough to earn it. It is through His sacrifice that we can make it here in this life and most importantly to Eternity with Him in Heaven. And you definitely want to end up in Heaven because that is where your baby is, with Jesus. The innocent are gathered around the Father’s throne in heaven. If you choose Christ you will be reunited with your aborted (unborn) child.

May His Holy Spirit touch you now, that you Believe this: The Good News.
In Jesus Name.

PS- Click the tab “TESTIMONY” on my Home page to read my personal Testimony.

Why Should We Value Life?

Why Should We Value Life?

So God created man in his own image of God he created him, male and female he created them.

-Genesis  1:27 (NIV)

From on man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

-Acts 17:26

This is what the LORD says-you Redeemer who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.

-Isaiah 44:24

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones of powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by him and for him.

-Colossians 1:16

Yet, O LORD you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand.

-Isaiah 64:8

Who is the Creator of the Preborn?

Did not he who mad me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

-Job 31:15

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; you works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.   When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, you eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before on of them came to be.

-Psalm 139:13-16

How is God concerned with the Preborn?

Listen to me you islands; hear this you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.

-Isaiah 49:1

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

-Jeremiah 1:5

Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

-Ephesians 1:3-4

40 Days for Life 2012

40 Days for Life 2012:  February 22- April 1

40 Days for Life is a pro-life campaign that was begun in 2004 by a local group in Bryan-College Station, Texas, led by David Bereit.[1] The campaign is active in the fall and spring of each year, though local campaigns may continue it year-round. The fall 2010 campaign launched in 238 locations around the world, including the United StatesCanadaAustraliaEnglandNorthern Ireland, and Denmark.[2]

A 40 Days for Life campaign consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting combined with vigils in shifts outside of an abortion clinic. With enough volunteers, this protest may be round-the-clock. The 40 days concept comes from a pattern repeated in the Bible, such as in Noah’s ArkMoses’s 40 days on Mount Sinai, andJesus‘s 40 days in the desert.

40 Days for Life campaigns are managed by local volunteers in each of the cities involved in the effort. A small national office coordinates communications and provides training and other resources for the local volunteers.

The organization says these campaigns have prevented 4,082 abortions since 2007.[3]

HISTORY

The initial campaign resulted in a rejuvenation of local pro-life activities in the Bryan-College Station area.[4] Over the next two and a half years, the campaign was replicated in six other cities.

2007 campaign

In early 2007, the leaders of those first campaigns got together and suggested a simultaneous nationwide 40 Days for Life campaign in as many cities as wished to participate.

The first national campaign ran from September 26 – November 4 with activities in more than 80 cities in more than 30 American states.[5]

2008 campaign

A second national campaign ran from February 6 – March 16, with events held in 59 cities during the Christian season of Lent,[6]

A short while after the end of the Spring 2008 Campaign, 40 Days for Life executive director David Bereit was at the White House lawn on April 16 as PresidentGeorge W. Bush welcomed Pope Benedict XVI to the White House at the start of his visit to the United States.[7]

A third nationwide 40 Days for Life campaign was scheduled from September 24 – November 2.

2009 campaign

The Spring 2009 campaign had numerous participating cities, including Brisbane Australia, cities in Canada, Northern Ireland, and the United States.

During the Fall 2009 campaign, Abby Johnson, the director of the Planned Parenthood facility in Bryan, Texas (where 40 days for Life had originated), became a pro-life activist. After holding a probe for an ultrasound guided abortion (Johnson was technically the facility manager and thus did not usually perform or assist in abortions) Johnson claims to have seen “the baby move away from the probe” [1]. Shortly after this experience, Johnson quit working for Planned Parenthood and joined the Coalition for Life, the local group that had been praying outside her former facility.[8]

2010 campaign

The Fall 2010 campaign ran from September 22 to October 31, 2010. It attracted attention when a Tennessee abortion provider was arrested for brandishing ahandgun at three 40 Days for Life participants demonstrating outside a South Carolina abortion clinic.[9]

2011 campaign

The spring 2011 campaign ran from March 9 to April 17, 2011. 40 Days for Life, according to their definition of embryos and fetuses as babies, says that they are aware of “483 babies who have been saved from abortion” as a result of the campaign.[3]

External links

References

  1. ^http://ncregister.com/site/article/3209/ Drake, Tim. “40 Days for Life: Pro-Life Group Launches National Campaign.” National Catholic Reporter. Aug 4, 2007.

  2. ^40 Days for Life Launches in Record 238 Locations around the World

  3. ab40 Days for Life Campaign Ends, 483 Babies Saved From Abortion

  4. ^http://40daysforlife.com/about.cfm?selected=history40daysforlife.com. “40 Days for life.” 2008.

  5. ^ZENIT – U.S. Kicks Off 40 Days for Life

  6. ^http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS138148+21-Jan-2008+PRN20080121Reuters.com. “Abortion Opponents in 59 Cities Prepare Focused 40-Day Campaign to Counter Impact” Jan 21, 2008.

  7. ^http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?cat=8

  8. ^http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/planned-parenthood-clinic-director-joins-anti-abortion-group/story?id=8999720

* Source: Wikipedia

NC House Approves “Choose Life” Liscense Plates

The North Carolina state House has just approved legislation to allow motorists in the Tar Heel State to purchase Choose Life license plates to adorn their vehicles and spread a pro-life, pro-adoption message.

The House voted 70-44 to authorize dozens of new specialty plates, including the Choose Life plate, that require an extra $25 fee to purchase — with $15 going to pregnancy centers that provide women with abortion alternatives for each plate sold in the state.

Until now, North Carolina was the only state in the southeast that refused to let its citizens purchase the choose life license plate. For eight years the legislation for the choose life plate had been denied a vote even though more than 130 other plates have been approved.

This is an  awesome step for North Carolina and for the precious lives of the unborn.  I am so thankful. And I hope to go and get my plate this week!

Thank You for this Victory Jesus!

Abortion-Woman’s Right to Know Act / House Bill 854

Below are bullet points from proposed legislation Woman’s Right to Know Act:

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION 2011
H 2

This bill requires a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion could be performed in North Carolina. During that time a woman who is considering an abortion would be provided with the following information to make an informed decision:

  • The name of the physician who will perform the abortion

  • Medical risks associated with the procedure, including psychological risks

  • The probable gestational age of the unborn child

  • The medical risks associated with continuing the pregnancy to term

  • Information about the opportunity to view an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of her child

  • Whether the abortionist has malpractice liability insurance

  • The location of the hospital that offers obstetrical or gynecological care within 30 miles where the abortionist has clinical privileges, should hospitalization be necessary

Here is the Link to PDF of complete BILL

People of NC and specifically Alamance Co. NC need to contact your local House Reps. to let them know we want this bill made law. It looks favorable at this point. The latest draft in in Appropriations. But there are those in our county who are not favorable to HB 854. I quote Alice Bordsen Rep.  (D-Alamance). She said the bill wasn’t about abortion but was about women and that it implied that they were either “really stupid” or that they “lack a moral compass.” She said rather than discussing abortion, lawmakers should be passing legislation to guarantee that every female of childbearing age is given “free and easy access to contraception and is urged to use it no matter what.”

Does Ms. Bordsen think that all women have the medical knowledge of an eight year educated M.D.? How is even a public high school-educated woman to know and understand the medical intricacies of the abortion procedure and its following repercussion to her life and heath? Not to mention what is going to happen to the yet to be born baby she carries? If I am not mistake, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution it still the de rigueur in our Public Biology courses. This “theory” teaches that the contents of the womb are not really human. The
embryo is said to undergoing an evolutionary process within the womb and is really not fully “human” until birth.  This lie, it what was taught to me in public High School Honors Biology in the late 1980’s. From what I have researched the same is continuing to be taught at truth and fact even in 2011.

A woman does not have to be “dumb” as Bordsen suggests, in fact, she is educated; Or I should say MISEDUCATED!  I have been posting this blog for several years and the most hits I get are from people looking up pictures of what an unborn baby in utero looks like. The girls do not see these images in  public schools. I am so glad we have the internet where images are readily available. The truth can be seen and known, much more easily now.

HB 854 is a great piece of legislation. It will present the facts about abortion and allow a woman to make an INFORMED DECISION, not a blind one, as I did.

By October of this year, the bill should become law. Let us continue to pray God’s Speed to it and to our just law-makers.

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“Eclipse of Reason” Farewell Dr. Nathanson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nff8I2FVnI&feature=related * ECLIPSE OF REASON ON YOUTUBE

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, an obstetrician who estimated that he was involved in 75,000 abortions — including one in the 1940s for his then-girlfriend, who had become pregnant with his child — before he became a leading pro-life activist, died Monday of cancer in New York. He was 84.

Dr. Nathanson operated an abortion clinic in New York during the 1960s and 70s and helped found the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, now called NARAL Pro-Choice America, in 1969.

New ultrasound technology provided images, he said, that changed his mind about the morality of abortions. He performed his last such procedure in 1979 and became a high-profile anti-abortion lecturer and campaigner.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Nathanson narrated “The Silent Scream,” a film that shows the abortion of a three-month-old fetus in graphic detail and was screened at the White House by President Ronald Reagan.

Dr. Nathanson also produced “Eclipse of Reason,” a film about late-term abortion, and wrote several books, including “Abortion Papers: Inside the Abortion Mentality” (1983) and the 1996 autobiography “The Hand of God.”

“I know every facet of abortion,” he wrote in his autobiography. “I helped nurture the creature in its infancy by feeding it great draughts of blood and money; I guided it through its adolescence as it grew fecklessly out of control.”

Born into a Jewish family in New York, Dr. Nathanson converted to Catholicism in 1996. His wife, Christine Reisner-Nathanson, told the Associated Press that he had been vilified by both sides of the abortion debate:

“When he was an abortion doctor he was seen as a pariah by the medical community,” she said, “and when he went pro-life he was scorned by the women in the pro-abortion movement.”

A full obituary will be posted shortly.

By Emma Brown  | February 22, 2011; 9:39 AM ET
Categories:  Emma Brown

From The Washington Post