Bernard Nathanson (born July 31, 1926, in New York) is an American medical doctor and pro-life activist from New York. Nathanson graduated in 1949 from McGill University Facility of Medicine in Montreal. He has been licensed to practice in New York state since 1952. He became board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology in 1960. Nathanson says in his autobiography that his grandfather committed suicide when Nathanson\s father was a child. (Hand of God, p.6). Nathanson\s sister committed suicide at the age of 49 (Hand of God, p.6). As a younger man, he had been strongly pro-choice, and he states that he performed an abortion on a woman who had become pregnant by him. He later gained national attention by then becoming one of the founding members of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws, now known as NARAL Pro-Choice America. He worked with Betty Friedan
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