Last updated on April 7th, 2021 at 01:11 pm
In 1991, I personally met Dr. Bernard Nathanson and his wife in the Mexican city of Puebla when he was awarded the recognition of Doctor Honoris Causa by the UPAEP University. I had the opportunity to greet him. His story impressed me: Bernard Nathanson, an American doctor, had performed thousands of abortions and was one of the most fervent supporters of the abortion industry, even participating in the founding of NARAL – the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws – in the United States. But one day he realized that what he was doing was not right.
He recounted it all in the documentary, The Silent Scream.
If you are delicate, please note that the description below is very graphic. On one occasion, when I was telling it at a girls’ high school in the city of Santiago, Chile, I realized that I had to “soften” the reality of how an abortion procedure is performed, because it was perhaps too much.
Let’s go back to Dr. Nathanson. I imagine him performing an abortion. The sedated mother is in a cold surgical room. He has introduced the saline solution into the woman’s vagina so that the fetus would go into cardiac arrest. This is what happens at a stage where the fetus has not yet developed the natural defense mechanism of “shock” making it go unconscious in the face of unbearable pain. From an early stage, the nervous system has already developed and the fetus can “feel” everything (it can express itself, smile, make faces, as well as feel pain). In a more advanced stage, the fetus develops the defense mechanism in the “shock” mode, in order to survive an episode of intense pain, falling unconscious and overriding the senses.
But it is in that intermediate stage (when it is sensitive, but does not have the defense mechanism yet, so the cruelty is felt to the maximum) that the fetus begins to burn with the saline until its organs collapse… and without anesthesia, it is a real mutilation. If the animals are humanely given a small anesthetic to stun them before the slaughter… Why don’t we give the unborn children a medical painkiller so that, while their flesh is being burnt, their senses are at least numbed during the final spasms and convulsions?
When the fetal heartbeat has stopped, the instruments are introduced to cut the fetus into pieces (it does not fit through the birth canal and must therefore be extracted in pieces). The first thing to do is to crush the largest part: the head. To do this, intrauterine cranial compression is performed, which involves crushing the fetus’ head before evacuation so that it can be pulled out through the birth canal. The encephalic mass and the bones, in a lumpy, mashed texture, are suctioned using the cannula introduced into the womb. Next, the trunk, limbs, etc. are all cut up and quartered. Using the cannula, the suction and the forceps, body parts are removed and placed on an operating tray at the patient’s side. The extracted limbs are arranged in order: the trunk in the center, above it the mass of the head, and on the sides the arms, legs, and loose pieces that form the puzzle of human morphology to ensure that all the pieces have been removed and no residues of the baby are left in the womb.
This is when the fetus is at a less advanced gestational age, because from the 6th month onwards, the abortionist has to induce labor using oxytocin, and when the baby’s head comes out, the doctor crushes it with a large forceps and pulls the body out to extract it completely. If the baby survives, it is left on the tray until its heart stops beating.
One day it happened that the saline did not work as expected and when the head came out, it was in agony with spasms before Dr. Nathanson’s terrified gaze. That’s when everything changed. He “looked into the eyes” of the living being for the first time. This gross injustice is based on the dehumanization of the victim. Therefore, in order to dehumanize the abortion, the mother is never allowed to see the ultrasound screen or to hear the intense pulsations of the beating heart. A heartbeat could make the mother wonder… that the heartbeat she hears is not her own, even if she assumes that all of the baby cells are part of her body. Of course, the reality is concealed from her… because looking into the eyes of a human being… can humanize even the toughest criminal… Well, almost everyone, which is why you should never look a baby in the eye when you’re having an abortion.
Dr. Nathanson would become a pro-life activist.
The film tells the story of Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Dr. Mildred Jefferson facing a very murky and conspiracy-filled court battle of the powerful death industry interest that led to the most famous and controversial court case in American history: Roe v. Wade.
Help us promote the new film Roe v. Wade which opened over the weekend. It’s a great pro-life film.
You can’t miss it. This is a piece of good news to be promoted in the culture that favors life. I leave you with the trailer: