Converted to the Cause of Truth

Bernard Nathanson had been a leader in the movement to liberalize America’s abortion laws. After he became, first, pro-life, and later, a Christian, he admitted that the pro-abortion side had lied. He and his colleagues had claimed, “that the number of illegal abortions was more than ten times higher than it actually was.”
After Nathanson’s conversion, Robert P. George had the opportunity to hear the former abortion doctor (Nathanson’s term) speak. George asked Nathanson a pertinent question: since he had been willing to lie in order to produce what he had thought was a good thing–legal abortion–would he now be willing to lie “to save babies”?
The question stunned Nathanson–but he answered no. When the two met privately later, Nathanson expanded upon his answer.
“You [George] said that I was converted to the cause of life; and that’s true. But you must remember that I was converted to the cause of life only because I was converted to the cause of truth. That’s why I wouldn’t lie, even in a good cause.”
When he was a champion for abortion, he used any means at his disposal to achieve his end. As a champion for the cause of Christ and, therefore, the cause of life, his list of potential strategies came down to one: the truth.
Five years into the aftermath of Roe v. Wade, the Chicago Sun-Times did an expose on abortion facilities in the Windy City. Reporters Pamela Zeckman and Pamela Warrick titled their work “The Abortion Profiteers.”
At several facilities, they found an assembly line process that harkened to the back-alley butchery a newly pro-life Nathanson warned us about.
One of the women took a urine sample from one of her male co-workers into the clinic. Clinic personnel told her she was pregnant. When would she like to schedule her abortion?
Doctors held competitions with each other to see who could do more abortions in a day.
But after all these years, the truth about abortion can be hard to find. Much of the media has since decided they are no longer in the truth business.
We only hear the stories of horrific abuse when they go beyond the pale.
Take the case of Kermit Gosnell, for example. He made national news for his “house of horrors.” But he had operated for decades without the notice of the media–or even Pennsylvania authorities responsible for ensuring public health. Charged with murder for killing born-alive children, he did not even have a medical license.
Stories about the likes of Nareshkumar Patel tend to remain localized. It didn’t hit the national news that he, a licensed physician, had prescribed abortion drugs for women who were not pregnant. His fee? $250 for a few pills.
And we cannot forget David Daleiden’s expose of Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby body parts for experimentation. Daleiden still faces charges for doing what Zeckman and Warrick did with impunity.
What would happen to the abortion “industry” if we knew how it really worked? If reporters like those at the Sun-Times still objectively conducted investigations?
We would know the truth. And the truth could set a multitude of mothers, fathers, and children free from those who lie all too easily.

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4 Replies to “Converted to the Cause of Truth”

  1. This is such a unique story – showing that truth wins again but showing the struggle it has in the world we live in! Thanks for sharing this with us – reads easy, but hits you hard! If we, as a society, cared about the truth and what is morally right, then this pro0life/pro-choice argument would be non-existent. Thank you for your heart for this ministry!

  2. We read Nathanson’s book, The Hand of God, more than 10 years ago. Very moving. He became a Christian, yes, but more specifically, he became a Catholic.
    Much of the citizenry (including many “Christians”) do not want to be bothered by abortion. This is a judgment on their apathy. Every abortion snuffs out a life. (Although, there are cases of abortions being performed when women and girls are not pregnant. It seems that both the lust for money and the medical incompetence of the abortionists are responsible for that.)

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