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Aborting America

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ISBN-13: 978-0919225008
ISBN-10: 0919225004
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Life Cycle Books (June 1, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0919225004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919225008
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By on December 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The New York Times refused to review Aborting America when Nathanson first relesed it -- and the reasons why will be obvious upon reading this eye-opening insider account of the political games that led to the legalization of abortion in America. Nathanson describes the side of abortion prochoicers don't want to acknowledge -- the lies masquerading as data, the seedy practitioners whose life-threatening habits are overlooked by their bedfellows, the shameless political machinations. Nathanson digresses into pontificating in the final chapters, but the meat of the story is there, and is required reading for anybody for whom ignorance is not bliss.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sanni Lawson on April 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Bernard Nathanson was an OB-GYN in New York City and a founder of National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) in 1968. He was one of a handful of elitists who made up highly inflated statistics of women hurt by "back alley" abortions in order to win public sympathy to achieve their goal.

Nathanson reveals in "Aborting America" how he performed or presided over 75,000 abortions and ran the largest abortion clinic in the world for a time. He was an atheist of Jewish heritage who also aborted two of his own children.

All of this makes "Aborting America" highly credible. He had nothing to gain but the wrath of legions of pro-abortion activists who berated him as a traitor. His revulsion of abortion came about over several years time after the advent of ultrasound proved too strong for him to remain in denial of the fact that he was killing living, human babies, and the realization that it is evil.

Read this book to learn just how abortion was sold to America by lies and clever manipulation. Then read Nathanson's "The Hand of God" published 17 years later, to learn of the remarkable odyssey Nathanson went through in order to quiet his conscience and find redemption through Christianity.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Peters on June 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bernard Nathanson was once at the forefront of the pro-abortion movement in America, both as the director for the largest abortion clinic in America as well as the chairman for the National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws. By the time of this volume's writing, however, the author has begun to reexamine his own actions in the abortion scene, as well as the ideological presumptions he had during his involvement with pro-abortion advocacy. From a position of irreproachable medical accomplishment, experience and credentials, Nathanson attempts to objectively examine what abortion means in itself and for society. The position he arrives at, though incomplete, constitutes at least a condemnation of the abortion-on-demand position he at one time supported. The volume is extremely useful as a careful exposition of the raw statistics and objective events in the abortion scene, as well as an extended analysis of the moral dimension of abortion from a variety of starting-points, none of which have as their basis religious or cultural presumptions. In essence, Nathanson is a doctor speaking to other doctors, but in doing so he cuts at the base of pro-abortion advocates who try to dismiss pro-life positions as being "unscientific" or "unprogressive."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bonomo on January 1, 2013
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This book is a must-read for someone who is interested in the earlier parts of the history of the modern "abortion on demand" movement, written, as it was, by someone on the ground floor. This story starts well before the 1973 "Roe vs. Wade" U.S. Supreme Court decision, telling the story of how members of the "religious left" (later joined by radical feminists) worked to legalize abortion, as they thought this was the best way to solve the problem of unwed expectant mothers, and the attendant problem, including sometimes fatal attempts at self-induced abortion, or the faking of miscarriages.

This books names names and give dates, and gives an insight into the strategy sessions. It also paints a clear picture of the cynical and deliberate (and largely successful) effort to make use of latent anti-Catholic bigotry in the US to convince people that laws against abortion were a consequence of the influence of the Catholic Church, despite the fact that the laws in question were recommended by Protestant physicians in the 19th century at a time when the number of Catholics in the US was too small for there to be anything remotely like a "Catholic vote." This attempt to prevent people from actually thinking about the matter was largely successful, especially in the backlash that followed (and continues following) the radical Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions.

The book also tells of the author's personal journey, as he wound up running the largest abortion facility in the country after New York legalized abortion (pre Roe vs. Wade), thereafter became somewhat suspicious of the intentions of those spearheading the movement, and eventually decided that abortion was not moral.
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