The Hand of God

Bernard Nathanson, Author, Porter Manuals, Author Regnery Publishing $24.95 (206p) ISBN 978-0-89526-463-3
During a period of roughly 20 years, Nathanson performed over 75,000 abortions. Since 1975, however, he has been among the leaders of the pro-life movement in the United States. Here, in a book that is part spiritual autobiography, part political campaign and part history of abortion, Nathanson explores the factors that led him into and eventually out of the abortion business. Nathanson recounts the moral hollowness and a paternalistic treatment of women and their bodies during his early years in medicine that allowed him to abort even his own child in a cold and antiseptic matter. However, the advent of ultrasound, and its images of the fetus as a developing life, along with a progressive conversion to Roman Catholicism, convinced Nathanson of the immorality of abortion and led him into a new phase of his life as a doctor. As revealing as this story is Nathanson's condescending tone and sententious sentences (e.g., ""I will spare you the ineluctable Tolstoian observation, but I implore you to consider the psychological abyss that yawned beneath me"") elicit very little sympathy either for Nathanson's plight or for the pro-life position. (May)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1996
Release date: 04/01/1996
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