By Peter J. Smith
BOULDER, Colorado, August 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dr. Warren Hern, one of the last abortionists willing to perform very late-term abortions in the United States, has written published works describing man as a “malignant eco-tumor” destroying the earth.
Esquire magazine reports in a story entitled “the Last Abortion Doctor,” that Hern, the director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic since 1975, argued in a work called Urban Malignancy: Similarity in the Fractal Dimensions of Urban Morphology and Malignant Neoplasms that growing human populations act like a “malignant ecotumor.”
LifeSiteNews.com found a 2008 edition of Hern’s article published in the International Journal of Anthropology . While the term “eco-tumor” does not appear in this version as quoted by Esquire, it may have come from an earlier version of Hern’s paper that was presented at the 16th International Seminar on Urban Form in Brazil on August, 29 2007.
“From the point of view of a physician, the expanding, invasive, colonizing urban form with highly irregular borders resembles a malignant lesion,” wrote Hern. “Malignant neoplasms have at least four major characteristics: rapid, uncontrolled growth; invasion and destruction of adjacent normal tissues (ecosystems); metastasis (distant colonization); and de-differentiation.”
Hern continued that “death of the host organism in a cancer occurs between the 37th and 40th doubling of the cell population” and then drew a comparison to the expansion of human populations (32.5 times by 1999) and energy consumption (36 times since 1999), adding that energy consumption is projected to increase 57 percent between 2004 to 2030.
Hern argued that expanding urban communities would “alter the biosphere to the point that it can no longer support large, oxygen-consuming organisms” reaching a point at which in “the point of view of human survival, the host organism will have died.”
“If this hypothesis is correct, that urban settlements of all kinds, and cities in particular, are malignant lesions or phenomena on the planet Earth, the conclusion of this process may not be far in the future,” wrote Hern.
Pressed by Esquire’s reporter to explain why he would compare human beings with cancer tumors, Hern replied, “I do think that helping people control their fertility is highly consistent with helping people be responsible citizens of the planet. If somebody misunderstands it or tries to distort it, I don’t give a s[***]. I’m sorry, I’m living in this country because I can say what I think.”
Esquire’s portrait of Hern revealed Hern hates the term “abortionist” due to its negative connotations in the public imagination, but he stands apart from other abortionists by refusing to call his abortion practice a “family planning clinic.”
Back in 1998, LSN reported that Hern had submitted another similar paper to the American Anthropological Association comparing human beings to malignant cancers. Hern explained to the AAA that this belief had motivated him for over 20 years, about the same time that he began his abortion practice in Boulder, Colorado.
After the recent murder of Kansas abortionist Dr. George Tiller by a mentally unstable anti-abortion activist, Hern remains the last full-time US abortionist carrying out very late-term third-trimester abortions even as far as 36 weeks. That may not be the case for long: Hern’s colleague, Dr. Leroy Carhart, has made rumblings that he will leave Nebraska to take up where Tiller left off, in providing late-term abortions up until the moment of birth. Carhart used to perform very late-term abortions like Tiller and Hern, until Nebraska’s late-term abortion restrictions went into effect after receiving approval from the US Supreme Court.