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Yoest Calls Dr. Bernard Nathanson’s Legacy the “Lives Saved Because He Told the Truth About Abortion”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (02-22-11) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest noted with sorrow that a true hero of the pro-life movement, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, had died.

Dr. Yoest made the following comments about the pivotal pro-life figure, once a premier abortionist who presided over 75,000 abortions and become a founding member of prominent pro-abortion organizations, who later denounced his former colleagues and profession to embrace the pro-life cause and to work against the brutal abortion industry.

Dr. Yoest said:  “Dr. Nathanson was a beacon of uncompromising truth into the horrifying reality of abortion.  The courage and honesty of his seminal works, ‘Aborting America’ and ‘The Silent Scream,’ have brought America demonstrably closer to the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned and everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. His work informs many of AUL’s efforts to expose the lies of abortion and the chilling depths to which pro-abortion advocates remain willing to stoop to realize their goals.

“We are indebted to him and will strive to honor and advance his enormous legacy. But there is no doubt that his greatest legacy will be found in lives saved because he told the truth about abortion and about the lies of an industry employed in a brutal and ugly business.”