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As director of the world's largest abortion clinic and the nation's most prominent abortionist, Dr. Bernard Nathanson presided over 60,000 abortions. As co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League, he helped make abortion legal. Then, in a conversion that made headkines and astonished both sides of the abortion debate, he renounced his profession to become a pro-life advocate.

But Dr. Nathanson's journey was not over. In this deeply personal memoir, he reveals what led a lifelong atheist and abortion crusader first to the pro-life cause, and finally to Christianity.

©1996 Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D. (P)2011 Alex Novak

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Incredible

Overall it's informative and brings a lot to light on the abortion industry. You can tell he's slanted to pro life but I appreciate how he explains pro life and pro choice thinking processes because he was so pro choice before.

In the beginning it has a lot of medical jargon so I had to pray I could get through it haha but then the author started to talk about how he grew up and talked about his experience becoming a doctor and going through college. Then I felt like I got sucked into the book.

He later describes more medical things so I was a bit confused from time to time but he still explained personal and public events powerfully.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Vast Perspective on the History of Abortion

This book is not easy listening, but it is important listening. Dr. Nathanson was a very erudite and educated man and his vocabulary and literary references are rich, but his story built my understanding of the thinking process that took place in the early days of legal abortion and how it became entrenched in the minds of Americans. It also covers the history of abortion from ancient times to the present and shows perspectives on both the pro-choice and pro-life sides. It was also difficult to listen to the parts of the book that dealt with the horrifying details of abortion techniques, but the truth of that must be told. I was especially interested in the story of Dr. Nathanson's lifelong quest for God, a quest he didn't even know he was on until very late in life. The happy ending of the story in St. Patrick's cathedral when he was baptized by Cardinal O'Connor brought a tear to my eye. What surprised and puzzled me the most about this book, however, is how anyone could still be in favor of legal abortion after Dr. Nathanson's story was made known in the 1980s. He was one of the people whose influence most turned the tide toward widespread abortion, but his voice was all but drowned out when he cried out to stop it. Overall, this was a riveting tale of a tragic life which ended in spiritual triumph.

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  • Deidre
  • ALEXANDRIA, LA, United States
  • 03-26-12

A Scientific and Spiritual Defense of Life

This book is a scientific & spiritual defense of life. For most pro-abortion activists this book will be ignored... for to read the truth will make their life a lie but for those with doubts, this book is a must read. For the believer of all life is sacred, this book is an affirmation of their beliefs and gives armor in the ongoing war against human life.

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Sensational but falls short

I am an evangelical Christian and a physician. I looked forward to this but was disappointed. Nathanson ignores much science on stem cells and for that matter the progress of science in defending as he calls it life. The arguments against use of one life regardless of age (i.e. Fetus) for another are clear. Using hyperbole is unnecessary and only weakens the point.

Moreover in the entire work I saw the ego of the man more than the Spirit of the Lord. In the end that's what limited my enthusiasm the most.

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A Different Look

I thought the book would be real preachy, but it wasn't. Great memoir. There was a lot about how abortions are performed which I found interesting. Ironically every time I hear stories from former abortion workers my compassion & understanding of them grows.

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Excellent read to see many sides of the issue!

This is an excellent book..it helps the reader see many angles on the issue...and better understand why some were and still are pro choice while bringing the reader through a journey of one doctors conversion to pro life. I highly recommend this book if you want to think through many sides and issues related to abortion...from the harm of illegal abortion to the threat of fetus harvesting in third world countries connected to using aborted baby tissue in medical research..and the ethics related to that...I recommend this read!

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  • Luke
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 08-31-15

Written by M.D. student going into Ob/Gyn

Powerful reaffirmation to put first "whatever we hold most sacred" (Hippocratic oath).

Predictable storyline, but nevertheless I left wondering how one man could make the spiritual journey he did alone. But, in the end, he wasn't alone.

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  • Bradley
  • Midland, TX, United States
  • 04-09-15

Amazing Read! Qualifies as nonfiction literature!

This book blew me away. Talk about real-life irony: a leading abortionist atheist becomes a pro-life believer. Really throws light on the disgusting abortion industry that claims to defend a woman's right to choose, yet ignores the fact that the majority of women are pressured into abortions by the "men" in their lives; not to mention the fact that half of all aborted babies are females who will never be given the right to choose!