I’ve needed 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 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. However, I had been aware that 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, honesty, and strong values. I had lacked those qualities for so long. I feared 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 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 makes US “acceptable.” We owe much to him.
Thank you, Dr. Nathanson.