Still, he was not ready to abandon support for legal abortion. It was, he continued to insist, necessary to prevent the bad consequences of illegal abortions. But he was moving from viewing abortion itself as a legitimate solution to a woman’s personal problem, to seeing it as an evil that should be discouraged, even if for practical reasons it had to be tolerated. Over the next several years, while continuing to perform abortions for what he regarded as legitimate “health” reasons, Nathanson would be moved still further toward the pro-life position by the emergence of new technologies, especially fetoscopy and ultrasound, that made it increasingly difficult, and finally impossible, to deny that abortion is the deliberate killing of a unique human being—a child in the womb.
Publicity for “The Silent Scream” was provided by no less a figure than President Ronald Reagan, who showed the film in the White House and touted it in speeches. Like Nathanson, Reagan, who had signed one of the first abortion-legalization bills when he was Governor of California, was a zealous convert to the pro-life cause. During his term as president, Reagan wrote and published a powerful pro-life book entitled Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation—a book that Nathanson praised for telling the truth about the life of the child in the womb and the injustice of abortion.
Abortion is a very active topic on the Internet. Google found over 213 million hits for "pro-life" and over 27 million hits for "pro-choice" on 2017-OCT-17.
A diversity of views exists within the U.S. and Canada concerning abortion access. Many pro-life and pro-choice groups have been organized with opposing goals. Surprisingly, they agree on a few very important points:
Unfortunately, the two sides cannot agree on when personhood is attained. Most pro-life groups believe it happens at conception and are thus generally opposed to all elective abortions. Pro-choice groups typically believe that it happens later in gestation or at birth, and are thus generally supportive of a woman's access to affordable, safe, elective abortions.
If the third property is true, then IUDs terminate the development of a fertilized ovumafter conception, and cause its expulsion from the body. To a person who believes that begins at the instant of conception, there is noethical difference between using an IUD, having a first trimester abortion, or having a , or --for that matter -- strangling a newborn just after birth. Yet pro-life groups actively campaignagainst PBA's, picket abortion clinics, and attempt to pass restrictive legislationlimiting choice in abortion. Some have made negative statements about IUDs. But nonehave, to our knowledge, picketed IUD manufacturing facilities, or sponsored anti-IUDlegislation. This is surprising, because in those countries where IUDs are widely used,the number of fertilized eggs which IUDs apparently expel from women's bodies far exceedsthe number of surgical abortions. About 43% of American women will have had a surgicalabortion sometime during their lifetime. Women who use an IUD will expel about one fertilized ovum annually(assuming that they engage in intercourse once per week)
IUD's are becoming increasingly popular. Two studies have reported effectiveness rates of 99.4 and 99.9%.
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It is often argued that women have a right to control their own reproductive capacity and that abortion is a vital tool for doing this. Proponents of this view state that nobody has the right to force a woman to undergo a nine month pregnancy, with all the accompanying discomfort and serious health risks, if she does not want to. Some say that the right to abortion is absolute and it is acceptable to use it as a method of birth control; other pro-choice advocates disagree but believe it should be available in cases where pregnancy will endanger the woman's health, the fetus has a severe congenital defect or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.
Pro-choice advocates reply that childbirth is also a frequent cause of depression, known as post-partum depression, and a small but significant risk of suicide. The link between abortion and breast cancer is discredited; repeated studies have shown that it does not exist.
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Dr. Nathanson, the son of a distinguished medical practitioner and professor who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, had his first involvement with abortion as a medical student at McGill University in Montreal. Having impregnated a girlfriend, he arranged and paid for her illegal abortion. Many years later, he would mark this episode as his “introductory excursion into the satanic world of abortion.”
By his own estimate, he presided over more than 60,000 abortions as Director of the Center for Reproductive and Sexual Health, personally instructed medical students and practitioners in the performance of about 15,000 more, and performed 5,000 abortions himself. In one of those abortions, he took the life of his own son or daughter—a child conceived with a girlfriend after he had established his medical practice. Writing with deep regret in his moving autobiography The Hand of God (1996), Nathanson confessed his own heartlessness in performing that abortion: “I swear to you, I had no feelings aside from the sense of accomplishment, the pride of expertise.”