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Abortionist as Hero

By on 11.29.05 | 7:48AM

The L.A. Times profiles Arkansas abortionist Dr. William F. Harrison. Brace yourself before reading this gruesome article. The piece is a shadow of objective journalism in its depiction of Harrison as one front in the abortion wars. But the author, Stephanie Simon, makes sure that the reader comes away with a benevolent view of the good doctor -- 20,000 abortions under his belt, and not a one in the third trimester -- and seeing abortion as the only option for his young "patients."

Still, there are a few moments of honesty. The author depicts being in the room during an abortion, bringing out the inhumanity of it all. And amazingly, Dr. Harrison admits he is "destroying life."

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