One morning I was picketing with four ladies outside the “Doctor” Burriani abortuary in Toronto. At about 10:30 a large truck pulled up outside and the driver, a pleasant looking young man alighted. He nodded to us, smiled and went inside.
As it is a very busy street I hadn’t taken much notice of the truck until one of the ladies said to me, “That truck is taking the babies’ bodies out to the garbage.”
A few minutes later the driver came out with two very large cardboard boxes which he pushed into the back of the truck and left. Before the vehicle left, I read these words on its side: “Medical Services. Regulated Medical Waste.”
By this time my stomach was literally sick. The bodies of at least twenty little babies, murdered yesterday, were being taken off to be discarded as garbage. I wondered what the effect would be on the drivers of the hundreds of cars which were passing if one of the boxes opened and the babies’ bodies fell out. I imagined there would be horror and shock on the part of many for “seeing is believing.” But the fact that the babies’ bodies can’t be seen does not detract from the horrendous fact!
Consulting the experts
When I returned home I felt almost impelled to re-read my notes on the humanity of the pre-born baby and – if possible – strengthen my conviction regarding the evil of abortion. I decided not to consult the opinions of popes, bishops or priests but to confine myself to what well known scientists have said on this most basic of all subjects.
- The late Doctor (Sir) William Liley, knighted by the Queen for his work on fetology wrote, “From the moment a baby is conceived it bears the indelible stamp of a separate, distinct personality; and individual different from all other individuals.”
- Rough and Shettles in their book, Conception to Birth says that, “the entire blueprint for the construction of a person is contained in the chromosomes of a fertilized egg cell.”
- The 1st International Conference on abortion, held in Washington D.C, October 1967, brought together authorities from around the world in the fields of medicine, legal ethics and the social sciences. An extract from their official report to the U.S. Government reads, “The majority of our group could find no point in time between the union of the sperm and the egg and the birth of an infant at which point we could say that this is not human life.”
- A proclamation opposing abortion, signed by 1300 physicians in France and written by Noble Prize winner, the late Professor Jerome Lejeune was circulated among British doctors. The text read, “From the moment of fertilization the conceptus is alive and is essentially distinct from the mother, who provided nourishment and protection. From fertilization to old age, it is the same living being who grows, develops, matures and dies.”
- Dr. Bernard Nathanson, formerly known as the “Abortion Kind of America,” headed an abortuary in the 1970s which performed 60,000 abortions. He is now probably the greatest defender of the unborn baby in the scientific world. At the Joe Borowski Trial in 1983, he told the court that he became pro-life when increased study convinced him that the fetus is a human being. Dr. Nathanson testified that he was raised in the Jewish faith but was not an atheist. Becoming pro-life, he said, was a secular decision.
- Dr. Herbert Ratner, executive member of the United States Commission on Human Life says, “It is now of unquestionable certainly that a human becomes into existence precisely at the moment when the sperm combines with the egg.”
These writers are not Catholic bishops or priests or theologians. They are scientists, doctors and geneticists.
Some weeks ago when we were picketing outside the same abortuary on Gerrard Street, a very well dressed and attractive young woman came walking towards us. She glanced with disdain at one of out placards which said, “Let your baby live. Abortion Kills babies.” As she passed she turned her head and said, “Get real, guys.”
If she could only see what those boxes contained I wonder what her reaction would have been. But, these days, who knows!