December 1, 2005

AN ANTI-CHRIST (via Kevin Whited):

Offering Abortion, Rebirth: Yes, an Arkansas doctor says, he destroys life. But he believes the thousands of women who have relied on him have been 'born again.' (Stephanie Simon, November 29, 2005, LA Times)

Dr. William F. Harrison] opened an obstetrics and gynecology practice, but after the Supreme Court established abortion as a constitutional right in 1973, he decided to take on an additional specialty. Now 70, Harrison estimates he's terminated at least 20,000 pregnancies. [...]

Debate over President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, Samuel A. Alito Jr., has centered on abortion. Activists on both sides warn — or pray — that if Alito is confirmed, the court may one day reverse Roe vs. Wade.

At least a dozen states, and perhaps as many as 30, would probably continue to allow most abortions. But abortion rights activists predict that terminating a pregnancy would become a criminal act across much of the South, the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain region.

In Arkansas, for instance, the state constitution sets out "to protect the life of every unborn child from conception until birth." At least 10 other states — including Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Utah — have similar language in their constitutions or legal codes.

Harrison warns every patient he sees that abortion may be illegal one day. He wants to stir them to activism, but most women respond mildly. [...]

He calls himself an "abortionist" and says, "I am destroying life."

But he also feels he's giving life: He calls his patients "born again."

"When you end what the woman considers a disastrous pregnancy, she has literally been given her life back," he says.

Before giving up obstetrics in 1991, Harrison delivered 6,000 babies. Childbirth, he says, should be joyous; a woman should never consider it a punishment or an obligation.

"We try to make sure she doesn't ever feel guilty," he says, "for what she feels she has to do."

He's kind of an avatar of the entire ideological content of the abortion movement: he revels in the kill; the point of his killing is to defy societal convention; he thinks he's giving women a rebirth; and he thinks he can take away their guilt for the sin.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2005 11:00 AM

Wonder how his profit margin as an abortionist (one of only a tiny number in AK, I'd wager) compares to when he was an obstetrician, where there's lots of competition?

Posted by: b at December 1, 2005 11:23 AM

funny, i feel the same way when i think of seeing Harrison through a rifle scope.

Posted by: lee harvey at December 1, 2005 11:29 AM

b - I bet malpractice insurance is much less for abortionists than obstetricians. Leftists don't sue their own.

Posted by: pj at December 1, 2005 12:27 PM

The domestic terrorists who kill abortion doctors are bad men. But so is this "doctor". He nearly justifies them, well anyways, makes it harder to hate them.

Posted by: Bob at December 1, 2005 12:45 PM

Wow! Talk about an occasion of sin!

Hitler, Stalin, Harrison, my Airweight Bodyguard, and two cartridges, and it's an easy choice.

Posted by: Lou Gots at December 1, 2005 12:52 PM

"When you end what the woman considers a disastrous pregnancy, she has literally been given her life back," he says.

How did we come to this, where a pregnancy could be considered a disaster?

Childbirth, he says, should be joyous; a woman should never consider it a punishment or an obligation.

Yes, and he should tell these women that childbirth is joyous. If they look at it as a punishment, then they have a warped view of it. We need to change these views, not acquiesce to them.

As far as obligations, yes it is an obligation to preserve life. Let's stop absolving people of their obligations to society.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 1, 2005 7:39 PM


You and your ilk got us here. Any imposition on the self is abhorrent.

Posted by: oj at December 1, 2005 8:55 PM

So this guy admits he's murdered 20,000 children. He's alive why? He himself shouldn't be murdered by any means possible, his clinic shouldn't be blown up and his staff killed, why?

When it comes to violence against abortion doctors the only mystery is why there is so little of it. I'd be happy to do it but I don't want to go to jail, so I guess there's the answer, cowardice.

Posted by: Amos at December 1, 2005 9:00 PM

it isn't cowardice. and things are heading in the right direction. life is harsh and the millions lost to this horrible institution (strange fruit indeed) hopefully have found some measure of grace.

Posted by: plato's toe at December 1, 2005 9:46 PM

Brave New World, indeed.

This guy would have done very well at Dachau. And he could have listened to Wagner after dinner, eh?

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 1, 2005 10:34 PM

They're not my ilk.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 2, 2005 9:47 PM