Dear Christian Sisters,
Today marks the 46th year of mourning the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision of January 22, 1973.
Consider this: Everyone in the USA age 64 and younger has lived in the wake of Roe v Wade their entire adult lives.
The National Association of the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) began organizing in 1969 to legalize abortion. NARAL has been through several name changes but today is known as NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Two men were key in starting NARAL: Lawrence Lader, a Communist, and Dr. Bernard Nathanson, an OB/GYN who saw the results of many botched abortions.
Dr. Nathanson, dubbed “The Abortion King,” lent medical credibility to the legalization of abortion. He worked to improve the cleanliness and medical standards of illegal abortion clinics ahead of legalization.
Lader put women at the front of their political work. He knew that in order to get people to listen, they needed to hear from women that abortion was perfectly okay for them.
Did you know that abortion was legal in Hawaii and New York in 1970, before Roe v Wade? When abortion was legalized in New York, women traveled to the state for an abortion, which was good for the economy.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, had died in 1966 and was not personally involved in abortion rights. A year earlier in 1965, PP warned women not to abort, saying that it kills the life of a baby and endangers the woman.
Planned Parenthood itself initially said “no” to Dr. Nathanson when he invited PP to join them in promoting legalized abortions. But after abortion was legalized in New York and they saw how much money was to be made, PP joined NARAL in their political efforts.
From Pro-Abortion to Anti-Abortion
Dr. Nathanson at the time was an atheistic Jew. A few years after Roe v Wade, he saw an abortion through an ultrasound. Seeing that the fetus was alive, he began to question his assumptions. He famously asked:
“What If We’ve Been Wrong?”
In 1984, Dr. Nathanson was the narrator of an anti-abortion film titled The Silent Scream.
After converting to the pro-life movement, Dr. Nathanson converted to Christianity. So, he was pro-life before he was Christian.
Fake News in the Late 1960s
Dr. Nathanson became a speaker for the pro-life movement and openly confessed how he deceived Americans by inflating numbers and using marketing strategies to vilify the pro-life Catholic Church.
For example, NARAL reported that there were one million criminal abortions annually. The real number was 10% of that—90% FEWER abortions than reported.
NARAL claimed that 5-10,000 women died each year from botched abortions when the real numbers were closer to 250—95% FEWER women died than reported.
In summary, the United States was duped by clever marketing strategies crafted by men.
To Learn More
I had heard most of the facts that I listed above from one of Dr. Nathanson’s recorded presentations. I later read those facts in the 2017 book What If We’ve Been Wrong? Keeping My Promise to America’s “Abortion King” by Terry Beatley. Dr. Nathanson wrote two of his own books (affiliate link—just trying to pay for my websites). You can read one of his articles for free at “Confessions of an Ex-Abortionist.”