Medicine: Silent Scream

Outcry over antiabortion film

The voice is assured, unequivocal; the speaker wears a white lab coat, the mantle of medical authority. New technologies, intones New York City Obstetrician Bernard Nathanson, "have convinced us beyond question that the unborn child is simply another member of the human community. Now, for the first time," he continues, "we have the technology to see abortion from the victim's vantage point. We are going to watch a child being torn apart, dismembered, disarticulated, crushed and destroyed by the unfeeling steel instruments of the abortionist."

So begins the film Silent Scream, a 28-minute, shock-the-viewer indictment of abortion. The movie, distributed by...

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