.- The Spanish daily âLa Razonâ has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former âchampion of abortion.â Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.
âThe medical textbooks of the Communist regime said abortion was simply the removal of a blob of tissue,â the newspaper reported. âUltrasounds 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.â
In describing his conversion, Adasevic âdreamed 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. âMy name is Thomas Aquinas,â the man in his dream responded. Adasevic, educated in communist schools, had never heard of the Dominican genius saint. He didnât recognize the nameâ
âWhy donât you ask me who these children are?â St. Thomas asked Adasevic in his dream.
âThey are the ones you killed with your abortions,â St. Thomas told him.
âAdasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions,â the article stated.
âThat same day a cousin came to the hospital with his four months-pregnant girlfriend, who wanted to get her ninth abortionâsomething 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 babyâs heart came out still beating. Adasevic realized then that he had killed a human being,â
After this experience, Adasevic âtold 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.â
After years of pressure and on the verge of giving up, he had another dream about St. Thomas.
âYou are my good friend, keep going,â 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 âThe Silent Scream,â by Doctor Bernard Nathanson, two times.â
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.
âInfluenced by Aristotle, Thomas wrote that human life begins forty days after fertilization,â Adasevic wrote in one article. La Razon commented that Adasevic âsuggests that perhaps the saint wanted to make amends for that error.â Today the Serbian doctor continues to fight for the lives of the unborn.