It has taken me several days to get my thoughts together concerning the death of Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Before leaving Planned Parenthood, I knew little of him…only that he had been one of the founding members of NARAL, had a conversion and produced “Silent Scream.”
My husband, Doug, attended a Christian high school and in his Theology class, they had actually watched “Silent Scream.” One day while working at Planned Parenthood, Doug asked me if I had ever seen the film. I proclaimed that of course I had not and that I was not interested in watching that ridiculous propaganda.
The week I left Planned Parenthood, two things happened. I watched “Silent Scream” for the first time and read my first pro-life book, “The Hand of God” by Dr. Nathanson. I don’t think that was coincidence. At the time, I didn’t even know what was coming…the lawsuit, the media, the critics. But I knew there were others like me…people like Dr. Nathanson. He had overcome his past and lived to glorify God. He gave me hope that I could do the same. He became a man of honor, of honesty, of strong values. I had lacked those qualities for so long – I was fearful I would never be able to regain them. Dr. Nathanson helped me regain that hope.
He meant many things to many people. But I think for those of us who have lived the deception, who have spoken the lie, he was something different. Dr. Nathanson was a game changer. He paved the way for conversion stories in this movement…he made it “acceptable” to go from pro-choice to pro-life…he make US “acceptable.” We owe much to him. Thank you, Dr. Nathanson.