In a 2005 puff piece, the Los Angeles Times reported Arkansas abortionist William Harrison “estimates he’s terminated at least 20,000 pregnancies.”

That averages out to 645 abortions a year since Harrison began committing the act in 1974. So he added about another 3,225 babies to that statistic before retiring in May of this year after being diagnosed with leukemia. (Photo from a July pro-abort “atta boy” rally below left.)

Four months later Harrison has died from the disease, on September 24, at the age of 75. I’m only sad if he passed from this life without repenting. Otherwise, preborn babies are now safer and the world is rid of a depraved killer.

Other interesting quotes from the LAT piece:

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….

When he’s done, Harrison performs another ultrasound. The screen this time is blank but for the contours of the uterus. “We’ve gotten everything out of there,” he says….

“It’s completely formed about nine weeks,” [Harrison’s] nurse tells [a patient]. “Yours is more like a chicken yolk.”

The girl, who is five weeks pregnant, looks relieved. “Then no,” she says, “it’s not a baby.”…

Harrison draws his own moral line at the end of the 2nd trimester, or 26 weeks…. Until that point, he will abort for any reason.

“It’s not a baby to me until the mother tells me it’s a baby,” he says.

But Harrison refuses to end 3rd-trimester pregnancies…. Harrison believes they may be developed enough to feel pain in utero….

“I just don’t think it should be done,” says Harrison, who calls the practice infanticide.

Harrison also claimed to be Hillary Clinton’s doctor in a 2004 Amazon review of Bill Clinton’s book, My Life. Click to enlarge….

In a 2008 email exchange with Dr. Warren Throckmorton, Harrison wrote he knew he aborted “human souls”:

Anyone who has delivered as many babies as I have, and has seen hundreds of living and dead embryos and fetuses being spontaneously aborted as have I, knows exactly what we are doing when we provide an elective abortion for our patient. We are ending the life of an embryo or a fetus. Not the life of a person, but certainly a creature that might have become a person under other circumstances…. I always go back to 2 of the most insightful and beautiful verses of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khyyam….

Better, oh, better cancel from the Scroll
Of universe one luckless Human Soul,
Than drop by drop enlarge the Flood that roars
Hoarser with Anguish as the ages roll.

When Omar wrote his beautiful and treasured poem over a thousand years ago, mankind had no way of safely canceling “from the scroll of universe one luckless human soul” whose numbers make up that flood of howling anguish; at least, no way of canceling it without risking also the life of the woman carrying it. In this day of medical marvels and, hopefully, ever increasing social justice, we possess such a way….

For those girls and women and their families whose circumstances would make their babies “luckless human souls,” I “cancel” them before they become babies.

Physicians who save wanted babies from being spontaneously aborted (and we can save a few now that God once seemed determined to abort), and we who cancel “luckless human souls” are doing God’s work.

Well, now Harrison has met God face to face and has learned whether God agrees.

Harrison’s memorial service will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville on October 4 at 5:30p. I would not be opposed to pro-lifers simultaneously memorializing the preborn dead at what is certain to be celebration of their murders at Harrison’s hand.

[HT: Operation Rescue; top photo via The New York Times]

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