Since 1982, the number of abortionists in the United States has been declining. Beginning within a decade of the tragic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion on-demand in the U.S., activist fervor appears to have waned among physicians. Coupled with fewer physicians choosing the abortion trajectory for their careers is the uptick in Pro-Life laws, which hold abortionists to high health and safety standards for women – standards the abortionists are often unwilling or unable to meet.
According to a recent Reuters report, “Medical Students for Choice” is working to facilitate the abortion training of more medical students. Spurred by grants from anti-Life groups like the Rockefeller Family Fund, training programs are churning out new abortionists every year. In rural areas and Pro-Life states, abortionist numbers remain low; however, in states with little oversight on the procedure, there is no so-called “shortage” of abortionists.
Live Action News’ Danny David juxtaposed the two groups of children with whom trained OB/GYNs contend – depending on their participation in the act of abortion: so-called “wanted” and “unwanted” children. “The contrast between the valuable “wanted” babies and the disposable “unwanted” babies,” says Danny, “is vividly shown when doctors fight to save infants who are the same age as the infants they kill in another part of the hospital.”
Indeed, an abortionist himself once confirmed the insanity of this absurd differentiation between human babies. Decades ago, abortionist John Szenes observed:
You have to become a bit schizophrenic [to commit abortions]. In one room, you encourage the patient that the slight irregularity in the fetal heart is not important, that she is going to have a fine, healthy baby. Then, in the next room you assure another woman, on whom you just did a saline abortion, that it is a good thing that the heartbeat is already irregular… she has nothing to worry about, she will NOT have a live baby… All of a sudden one noticed that at the time of the saline infusion there was a lot of activity in the uterus. That’s not fluid currents. That’s obviously the fetus being distressed by swallowing the concentrated salt solution and kicking violently and that’s to all intents and purposes, the death trauma… somebody has to do it, and unfortunately we are the executioners in this instance[.]”
But whether Millennial doctors trained in Hippocratic medicine (i.e., to ‘do no harm’) will comprise an historic cohort of abortionists is yet to be seen. Indeed, Tina Whittington of Students for Life of America told Reuters she believes medical students, especially females, “feel like they have to put their feet… where their position is. So they’re saying they want to support reproductive rights, but I think once they get into it, they’re going to change their minds.”
Indeed, turning away from abortion has been a somewhat common theme among American abortionists – some of whom spent (or are spending) the rest of their lives advocating for the Right to Life and decrying their past involvement in the barbaric cruelty of abortion. Earlier this year, in fact, former abortionist (now practicing OB/GYN) Dr. Anthony Levatino worked in partnership with Live Action to produce a series of informative videos explaining abortion methods, and sharing his own testimony of transformation from committing abortions to being an active advocate for Life. Levatino said that one day he suddenly realized that the child he had just killed in an abortion was someone’s son or daughter. Having lost a young child in a tragic accident himself, Levatino could not shake the conviction that he had visited upon another parent the same grief that plagued him every single day after the death of his daughter. He soon left the abortion industry.
Likewise, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who played a pivotal role in forcibly dovetailing the women’s movement with the abortion movement in the 1960s, committed thousands of abortions before abandoning his profession and campaigning for the preborn for the rest of his life. Many other abortionists (whose well-documented stories can be found at ClinicQuotes.com) have abandoned, denounced, and mourned their role in the abortion industry.