The Catholic News Agency Online issued this remarkable report. My comments follow:
MADRID, November 13, 2008 (CNA) - The Spanish daily "La Razon" has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former "champion of abortion." Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after spending 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.
"The medical textbooks of the Communist regime said abortion was simply the removal of a blob of tissue," the newspaper reported. "Ultrasounds allowing the fetus to be seen did not arrive until the 80s, but they did not change his opinion. Nevertheless, he began to have nightmares."
In describing his conversion, Adasevic said he "dreamed about a beautiful field full of children and young people who were playing and laughing, from 4 to 24 years of age, but who ran away from him in fear. A man dressed in a black and white habit stared at him in silence. The dream was repeated each night and he would wake up in a cold sweat. One night he asked the man in black and white who he was. 'My name is Thomas Aquinas,' the man in his dream responded. Adasevic, educated in communist schools, had never heard of the Dominican genius saint. He didn't recognize the name."
"Why don't you ask me who these children are?" St. Thomas asked Adasevic in his dream.
"They are the ones you killed with your abortions,” the Dominican saint told him.
"Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions," the article stated.
"That same day a cousin came to the hospital with his four months-pregnant girlfriend, who wanted to get her ninth abortion—something quite frequent in the countries of the Soviet bloc. The doctor agreed. Instead of removing the fetus piece by piece, he decided to chop it up and remove it as a mass. However, the baby's heart came out still beating. Adasevic realized then that he had killed a human being."
After this experience, Adasevic "told the hospital he would no longer perform abortions. Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so. They cut his salary in half, fired his daughter from her job, and did not allow his son to enter the university." After years of pressure and on the verge of giving up, he had another dream about St. Thomas.
"You are my good friend, keep going,” the man in black and white told him.
“Adasevic became involved in the pro-life movement and was able to get Yugoslav television to air the film 'The Silent Scream,' by Doctor Bernard Nathanson, two times."
Adasevic has told his story in magazines and newspapers throughout Eastern Europe. He has returned to the Orthodox faith of his childhood and has studied the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.
....Today the Serbian doctor continues to fight for the lives of the unborn.
From Randy: Many years ago, when we spoke at the same prolife event, I met and conversed with Bernard Nathanson, now in his eighties. At the time he still had no faith in God, though since then he has become a Catholic.
What Dr. Nathanson became convinced of was that the 75,000 abortions he had committed were all the killing of children. His lies to the media, spoken from his position as co-founder of NARAL, were widely spread throughout the country and helped create the climate in which abortion-on-demand was made into law by the Supreme Court.
I refer to Dr. Nathanson (whose most recent book is titled The Hand of God) often in my prolife books, for instance in Why Pro-Life? under the section "Is Abortion Really a Women's Rights Issue?" I personally know another physician who used to perform abortions and joined us in peaceful nonviolent civil disobedience at abortion clinics nearly twenty years ago. Our friend Carol Everett was director of four Dallas abortion clinics, and owner of two. She was responsible for the clinics' daily operation and knows the abortion industry inside out. She had an abortion soon after it became legal in 1973, and now speaks out about the ugliness she saw and was part of in the abortion industry.
There are countless physicians and "abortion providers" whose eyes are now open to the truth. Here are links to the stories of a number of them compiled by the Prolife Action League. You can also order a "Meet the Abortion Providers" video from the Prolife Action League online store.
I am grateful that Dr. Adasevicof Serbia has joined the ranks of those who know firsthand the terrible truth our culture, and often even Christians, want to deny: abortion kills children.