“Hand of God, The” by Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D.

The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind
by Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D.
ISBN 0-89526-463-3

If your position on the abortion issue is “personally opposed to it but also against laws prohibiting another’s right to choose,” read this book. It is the frank story of an abortion pioneer who, after presiding over 60,000 abortions and co-founding the National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL), does an about-face and becomes a devoted pro-life activist.

In his autobiography, Dr. Nathanson bares his soul as he speaks about: the moral aspects of abortion, specific abortion techniques, the abortion lobby and its strategies, the abortion pill, and fetal tissue research. There are graphic accounts of abortions, not for sensationalistic reasons, but to counter the image carefully constructed by the pro-abortion ranks that it is a simple, safe, and tidy medical procedure.

One recurring theme is that somehow the practice of medicine has changed from a Hippocratic tradition to a utilitarian culture. Consider the following portion of the Hippocratic Oath:

“I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner, I will not give to a woman a pessary [a device inserted in the vagina, thought erroneously to initiate an abortion] to produce an abortion.”

Compare this with the author’s assessment of today’s growing utilitarian morality:

“… there is a concerted movement among the bioethical bean counters to work out a calculus of what they term “quals,” i.e., units quantifying the value of a given life.”

Personally, I prefer Sir Isaac Newton’s calculus.

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