Unborn Babies . . . and their dignity as human beings
In this section, you will be introduced to Jane Roe (of Roe v Wade), Mary Doe, Bernard Nathanson (co-founder of NARAL), and others who changed their minds about the human dignity of unborn babies.
You'll also meet Gianna Jessen, who was born alive during an abortion. After her adoption, she went on to live a meaningful life. I was also touched recently to catch a young woman on television tearfully attempting to convey that her life truly did have value, even though she was conceived after her mother’s rape. She wanted people to know that her life deserved protection.
In recent years, countless women have had the courage to publicly warn other women of the years of psychological trauma their past abortions have caused them. Fortunately, organizations such as Rachel’s Vineyard are helping to heal the many women who had abortions years ago and are still dealing with the emotional aftermath and depression they were left with after their abortions from long ago. Here is a link to Rachel’s Vineyard Project Rachel.
Before we start, here is a beautiful story for anyone grieving the loss of a past abortion. Marina Montoya, now 36, reports that she lamented the abortion she had when she was 23. One day, when she was sad and crying in bed over her loss, her little baby flew over her and comforted her and even called her “Mum”! Montoya writes: “ . . . . I saw an angel, very happy, flying above me. It was small, it was a girl, she was radiant with happiness and love. She said; Mum I am fine, I am with God, here in heaven there is no pain, no suffering, so don’t suffer for me. She said; thank you, mum, for always remembering me, it makes me so happy to know you always love me. Be happy, forever, I love you too.” Link to Marina’s story
Another story is worth mentioning. I turned on EWTN during the live coverage of the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C. News reporter Teresa Tomeo was reading letters that had come in. One was written by a woman who regretted her past abortion, but now was a cloistered nun. One day she had a supernatural experience in which it was revealed to her by the heavens that the reason God had created a baby in her womb back then(even knowing the baby’s fate) was so that the baby could be praying for the mother from heaven. It was the baby’s prayers that converted the mother’s heart and led her to a profound commitment to God.
Okay, last story. It involves a saint appearing in the dream of a young woman. Back in 2009, I caught an episode of Jason and Crystalina Evert’s television program on EWTN. They had invited a group of young people to discuss the theme of purity. One young woman had an amazing story. Back when she was studying abroad in Italy, she went out one night but somehow got separated from her friends. She was a virgin and had planned on being one until marriage. The next morning, she woke up at a strange guy’s place. She had no memory of anything from the time she first sat down at the bar. She did not recognize the guy now in her presence. The guy said to her, “I took care of you.” She realized later he spiked her drink. She went home and went on with her life. One night, Saint Catherine of Siena appeared to her in a dream and said, “Don’t worry. Just love.”
The young woman did not understand the message because there was nothing she was worrying about. When she got home to the United States, she learned she was pregnant. Now she understood. With strength from God, she courageously sacrificed herself for the baby, and gave the baby to a childless couple. She points out that a woman in her situation should still consider themselves a virgin. I saw a rerun of this episode on February 6, 2009, on EWTN. If anyone has a link to the video, please let me know!
We now present to you the stories of individuals who changed their minds about abortion:
A former abortionist in Serbia, Stojan Adasevic had performed 48,000 abortions.
A heavenly visitor in his dreams was the reason he stopped. Philosopher Thomas Aquinas – who had died 700 years earlier – spoke to him and showed him a vision of the children he had killed. Here is the story as reported by the Spanish daily newspaper “La Razon” in 2008.
According the Catholic News Agency, Adasevic “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?” Saint Thomas asked Adasevic in his dream.
“They are the ones you killed with your abortions," Saint Thomas told him.
“Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions,” the article stated.
Adasevic was persecuted for refusing to do abortions in his Communist country. Nevertheless, he kept fighting for the rights of the unborn, even convincing Yugoslav television to air the film “The Silent Scream.”
A few years after the doctor's conversion, Saint Thomas Aquinas came to him again in a dream. By now, Stojan was so disheartened from the trials he faced in his pro-life work that he was considering giving up. This time, Thomas Aquinas said to him, "You are my good friend, keep going" (Source).
Stojan’s dreams occurred in a sunlit flowery meadow with colorful butterflies where an “anxious feeling oppressed him.” Children laughed, ran and played ball. When he tried to speak to them, the children "ran off in terror, screaming. The entire scene was presided over by a man in a black habit who watched intently in silence.”
One night, the abortion doctor chased some children and caught one. The child “cried out in terror: ‘Help! Murderer! Save me from the murderer!’ At that moment the man dressed in black, turned into an eagle, swept down, and pulled the child away” (LOA) (“Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Apostle,” Love One Another! magazine, 2/2003).
Thomas Aquinas (the man in black) identified himself and said the doctor had aborted these children. Check out the rest of the LOA article for the rest of the conversation between Stojan and Thomas Aquinas. As you will see, the doctor seemed certain that he had never killed the 20-year-old boy in the meadow. Aquinas responded, “You killed him twenty years ago.” Further, three children who looked familiar to the doctor turned out to be the children of acquaintances of his. The parents had come to him an abortion years earlier (Source: Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Apostle, Love One Another, 2/2003)
Links: Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Apostle Abortion champion starts defending life “Another 'champion of abortion' becomes defender of life: the story of Stojan Adasevic” (CNA); Video - “Thomas Aquinas Inspires Doctor to Abortion Practice.”) Original article in Spanish in La Razon. Photograph: Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), a Catholic priest who is known as the Catholic Church’s greatest theologian and philosopher.
Jane Roe (of Roe v Wade)
Jane Roe – whose real name is Norma McCorvey – was the pro-choice plaintiff for one the most famous U.S. Supreme Court decisions of the 20th century. Roe v. Wade (1973) struck down state laws banning abortion in the first trimester, thus legalizing many abortions.
But today, Jane Roe is a pro-life advocate. She is also the author of the book, Won by Love (1997). The court case focused on Norma’s third pregnancy, which she and her attorneys claimed was the result of rape (but 14 years later – in 1987 – Norma publicly came clean and admitted she had not been raped).
One night, a number of years after the court decision, Norma had a dream: “I saw little babies lying around with daggers in their hearts,” writes Norma. “The dreams of babies being slaughtered kept up for some time.”
Norma spent hours trying to figure out what the “horrendous vision” meant.
She could not stop pondering this question: “How do they kill a baby inside a mother’s stomach, anyway?” She thought she should see an abortion being performed. After all, it was her court case that made abortion legal, she reasoned.
Although Norma had given birth three times, “ironically enough, Jane Roe may have known less about abortion than almost anyone else.” During the late 1970s, she took a tour of an abortion clinic, and recalls the director being overly excited about the clinic’s new suction machine.
Despite her uneasiness about the abortion procedure, Norma still regarded the pro-life movement as her enemy and ended up accepting jobs in abortion clinics. “For the next several years, abortion would be my life,” Norma writes.
In January of 1995, Norma took a job at A to Z Clinic, which Roe describes as a filthy facility in which copious rat droppings were found each morning, sinks were clogged and walls showed blood spatterings. The aborted babies were kept in the “Parts Room.”
In her book, Norma describes other nauseating sights that caused her to question her work. “You see the body parts, you hear the women’s cries, and you can’t keep lying to yourself . . . That’s why drugs, alcohol, and coarse jokes are so popular inside the clinics. If we had stayed sober and not laughed at ourselves, we would have begun to think of ourselves as hideous monsters preying on little babies.”
To endure the emotional torment of working at a clinic, Norma explains that “you have to let a part of your soul die, or least go numb.” Why did women work there? As for herself, Norma felt responsible for justifying her past advocacy in the industry. Other employees were trying to justify personal abortions from their past. Many doctors saw it as a lucrative business.
A to Z Clinic was shut down by authorities, not long after Operation Rescue showed up to protest. But by then, Norma had a second job at a different abortion clinic, called A Choice for Women. On March 31, 1995, Norma and the rest of the staff there were shocked to find Operation Rescue moving into their building as a tenant. In the door came Flip Benham, the famous Rescuer of babies, who had once met Norma at a book signing. Norma was horrified by Flip's arrival because Flip had told Norma she was responsible for the deaths of 35 million children.
Norma and Flip got to know one another. Flip, who was now an evangelical Christian minister, admitted he had once urged his wife to get an abortion, but she refused and gave birth to twin boys who became Flip’s best friends. But it was not until he attended a Bill Gothard seminar in 1982 that Flip truly began questioning his pro-choice position. The seminar focused on the Scripture verse of Philippians 2 and emphasized that “when the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and conception occurred, God was there, in the flesh, at that moment,” according to Norma’s book.
Flip was not the only new friend that Norma made – she became touched by seven-year-old Emily, the daughter of Rescuer Ronda Mackey. The girl, who would often chat with and hug Norma lovingly, had almost been aborted. “I was the main reason Emily was almost never born . . .,” Norma writes, referring to her role in Roe v. Wade.
Once Operation Rescue moved into the building and began praying fervently, Norma recalls a tangible spiritual presence that began to envelop her workplace.
There was also the incident of the laughing flowers. You see, Norma cut some sunflowers outside the abortion clinic building and then heard . . . a baby’s laugh. Norma ran back inside. The next day, Norma returned to the flower patch to try cutting those sunflowers again. Astonished, she heard the same baby laughter. But she could not find a baby, even after tearing the bush apart. Around the same time, two of her co-workers at the clinic heard the unmistakable sounds of a baby running down the hallway (a search of the facility turned up no babies).
Norma refers to 1993 as her “shame period” – a time of realizing that her identity as Jane Roe might not be something to be proud of. After resigning from the clinic, Norma went to work for Operation Rescue. She was baptized by Flip on Aug. 8, 1995. Years later, she became Catholic.
When Ted Koppel asked Norma on ABC’s Nightline what changed her views on abortion, Norma responded, “It was because of what I saw in the freezer.”
In her book, Norma mentions Doe v. Bolton, the companion Supreme Court case to Roe v. Wade. In this case, the pro-choice plaintiff was "Mary Doe" (her real name was Sandra Cano and she was pregnant at the time). Mary Doe “brought virtually unregulated abortion to all fifty states.” Interestingly, Mary Doe later became a pro-life activist, just like "Jane Doe." Sandra Cano even issued a public statement saying, “[Doe v. Bolton] is based on fraud, and never should have happened . . . I was used and manipulated for others . . . I am pro-life and always have been and always will be.”
Bernard Nathanson, M.D. (1926-2011) Author of The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind (1996).
Once known as the “abortion king,” Bernard Nathanson, M.D., ran the largest abortion clinic in the United States and personally presided over 75,000 abortions. The obstetrician admits in his book, “I am one who helped usher in this barbaric age. I worked hard to make abortion legal, affordable, and available on demand. In 1968, I was one of the three founders of the National Abortion Rights Action League.” Eventually, emerging ultrasound technology “threw open a window to the womb.” The images of moving fetuses caused Nathanson to begin bonding with the unborn and questioning whether abortion on demand was right.
Meanwhile, he was struck by the troubling irony that two fetuses of the same age would be in his hospital, each being treated differently: “I would be up on one floor, putting the hypertonic saline into a woman 23 weeks pregnant and on another floor down, I would have someone in labor at 23 weeks, and I would be trying to salvage this baby.”
Increasingly convinced that a fetus was a human life, Nathanson performed his last abortion in 1979, and two years later, published his book, Aborting America.
By 1984, Nathanson had begun reflecting on the significance of the fact that many doctors did not see the abortions they were performing since they were a “blind procedure . . . He puts an instrument into a uterus and he turns on a motor . . ..”
“I wanted to know what happened, so in 1984 I said to a friend of mine, who was doing 15 or maybe 20 abortions a day, ‘Look, do me a favor, Jay. Next Saturday, when you are doing all these abortions, put an ultrasound device on the mother and tape it for me.’”
“He did, and when he looked at the tapes with me in an editing studio, he was so affected that he never did another abortion. I, though I had not done an abortion in five years, was shaken to the very roots of my soul by what I saw.”
That tape became the basis for the 1984 educational film, The Silent Scream. The film was aired by various television networks and in the White House by President Ronald Reagan, who said, “if every member of Congress could see that film, they would move quickly to end the tragedy of abortion.''
Nathanson made a second documentary, entitled Eclipse of Reason, on late-term abortions.
In his book, Nathanson states that while he was running the abortion rights group, NARAL, his team manipulated the media by producing dubious results of surveys and made-up statistics, and devised strategies to target the Catholic Church. “Our favorite tack was to blame the church for the death of every woman from a botched abortion. There were perhaps three hundred or so deaths from criminal abortions annually in the United States in the sixties, but NARAL in its press releases claimed . . . five thousand,” Nathanson writes.
In his book, Nathanson uses a memorable quotation by Dr. George W. Corner from the 1940s: “The fertilization of an egg by the sperm is one of the greatest wonders of nature, an event in which magnificently small fragments of…life are driven by cosmic forces to their appointed end, the growth of a living human being. As a spectacle, it can be compared only with an eclipse of a sun, or the eruption of a volcano. It is in fact the most common and nearest to us of nature’s cataclysms, and yet it is very seldom observed because it occurs in a realm most people never see – the region of microscopic thins.”
Nathanson had spent most of his life as a cultural Jew and atheist, but at the time of his book’s publication, he was preparing to enter the Catholic Church.
Dr. John Bruchalski is a gynecologist who used to perform abortions. He previously believed contraceptives helped liberate women. He even worked in an in-vitro center where his work involved destroying human embryos. But two heavenly experiences caused him to re-examine his beliefs.
The first occurred on a trip to Mexico in 1987. Specifically, it occurred inside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where the Virgin Mary appeared to St Juan Diego in 1531. Standing before the ancient miraculous image of Mary that hangs there, Bruchalski heard a woman’s voice speak to him.
“Why are you hurting me?” the loving and penetrating voice asked him.
But it was not until several years later that another spiritual experience, in 1990, would motivate him to change his ways.
Today, he devotes his life to the poor. His practice is focused on upholding the dignity of the human person by caring for people’s body, soul and spirit. In 1994, Dr. Bruchalski founded the Tepeyac Family Center in Fairfax, Virginia, specializing in life-affirming reproductive health practices. In 2009 alone, the center delivered 700 babies. In 2000, he founded the Divine Mercy Care organization.
Links: Former abortionist now head of one of the largest pro-life medical practices in the U.S. This Pro-Life doctor once did abortions until God did this amazing thing An abortionist turns to mercy From death to life (Legatus) Former abortionist turns his life around Crisis Magazine Pro-life clinic provides physical & spiritual care Dr. Bruchalski Bio Ex-abortionist says Divine Mercy is answer to worldly cynicism Tepeyac Family Center Video: What happened when Our Lady of Guadalupe spoke to another reluctant man named John
Abby Johnson tells her story
Abby Johnson is the author of Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood leader's eye-opening journey across the life line. After eight years at Planned Parenthood – including two as director of a Texas affiliate – Abby's conscience sent her down the street to the pro-life headquarters.
Coalition for Life had been praying for her the entire time. Abby had become disenchanted by the abortion industry after being asked to increase the number of abortions at her clinic (she had erroneously believed her work would decrease abortions through the distribution of contraception).
But the big eye opener for Abby came when she was called to assist a doctor during an ultrasound-guided abortion. Although she had run the clinic for two years, she had never truly seen what happened there until that day in September of 2009. When the doctor’s probe touch a perfectly formed baby, the 13-week-old fetus “started kicking, as if trying to move away from the probing invader . . . the baby began struggling to turn and twist away” before the baby was squeezed and sucked into a machine.
Abby began her career at Planned Parenthood as a volunteer while she was a junior at Texas A&M University. A worker at a volunteer fair claimed that Abby would be able to help women in crisis and to reduce abortions. Like many clinic employees, Abby desired to help women. Perhaps she was also trying to validate her secret abortion a year earlier. When Abby became pregnant a second – and then third – time despite using contraceptives, she privately questioned her own goal of reducing unplanned pregnancies.
Abby will never forget the girl who almost had an abortion but changed her mind when the ultrasound revealed twins. Nor will she forget the prayerful nun – Sister Marie Bernadette – whose eerie presence made workers avoid going outside. Abby also remembers the many women whose side effects from the RU-486 abortion pill were so severe that they phoned the clinic “thinking they were dying.”
The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King – Alveda King – views the pro-life movement as a continuation of the civil rights movement. In her speech, “How Can the Dream Survive if We Murder Our Children?,” Dr. Alveda King proclaimed:
After having an abortion in college, Catherine Adair decided to become “the world’s greatest feminist.” She even got a job at Planned Parenthood. The grisly things she saw there – especially the floating parts in a jar – made her quit. Today she runs the Respect Life Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Massachusetts. (Source – OSV Weekly)
Gianna Jessen (She survived an abortion as a baby)
Gianna Jessen is the subject of the book, Gianna: Aborted and Lived to Tell About It (by Jessica Shaver Renshaw). In 1977, Gianna's mother aborted her, but the baby survived. In the book, Gianna tells the story of her struggle from childhood to adulthood. Topics include her adoption, her activism, and a meeting of eight abortion survivors. Some had suffered disabilities from their ordeals. As for herself, Gianna was left with cerebral palsy from a saline solution abortion.
Melissa Ohden (She survived an abortion as a baby)
Like Gianna, Melissa Ohden survived as a baby after her mother had a saline infusion abortion in 1977 in Iowa. According to her website, “after her mother delivered the baby, Melissa was believed to be dead. But miraculously, a nurse saw signs of life and this little baby who should have died at six months of gestation survived and thrived….” Today, Melissa has a daughter of her own named Olivia. Melissa's website (DVD- A Voice for Life)
After being coerced by her boyfriend into having an abortion when she was seventeen, Jewels Green suffered greatly, even attempting suicide three times. After her abortion, Jewels got a job at an abortion clinic, working there from age 18 to 23. She even marched in Washington, D.C., in support of abortion rights. This native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, slowly and gradually adopted a pro-life view.
“I attempted suicide three times after my abortion and finally ended up in an adolescent psychiatric ward of a community hospital for a month to recover,” Green told Kristen Walker.
Green wonders if the reason she took a job at an abortion clinic was a subconscious desire to justify her abortion. “In hindsight, I can see that by surrounding myself with people who believed it was okay to abort babies, I was hoping that someday I would be okay with aborting my baby. This never happened…,” Green told Walker.
Jewels writes: “Then I started having nightmares—nightmares that were no longer only about my lost baby—but about all of the babies killed by abortion where I worked every day, all of the babies killed by abortion everywhere. My sleep was haunted by tiny limbless phantom babies….”
(Links: Jewels Green’s testimony: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Former abortion clinic worker speaks out for life Jewels Green bio Jewels Green blog Feminists for Life Number of Ex-Abortion Industry Workers who have chosen life is growing Why I’m Catholic by Jewels Green
Former abortion provider who now fights for the unborn. In 1973, Carol was happy to be pregnant, but her husband demanded an abortion. She went to her doctor, hoping he would tell her not to have one, but instead he was eager to perform one. “I was looking for someone to tell me not to have the abortion and I ran into an abortion salesman,” Carol explained at a "Meet the Abortion Providers" workshop.
After the abortion, her life and mental health went downhill quickly. “Within a month I was having an affair, and that had not been one of my patterns prior to that time. Very soon I started drinking . . . ,” Carol said at the workshop.
She also got a job with the abortion industry: “I sold abortions. I had made $150,000; was on target in 1983 to make about $260,000; and when we opened our five clinics, I would have been taking home about a million dollars a year,” Carol said at the workshop. One day, everything changed for her. A financial adviser told her God had sent him and that the Lord wanted someone out of that business.
Kelly Clinger – a former Mickey Mouse Club member – reaches out to those suffering the painful aftermath of having an abortion. Clinger, who was a backup singer to Britney Spears, had two abortions. After the second one, she became ill and was rushed to the hospital. There, it was discovered her baby’s hands and feet had been left inside her. This forced her to face the reality of what she had done. She began her journey down a painful road. Now, she helps other women cope with past abortions.
– a former abortionist – describes various unpleasant activities and sights that he witnessed while working as an abortionist. He also reviews several life-threatening side effects of abortion – including perforation of uterus – that some of his own patients suffered through. Still, he refused to leave continuing this cash-generating business, which he considered part of his obstetrics practice.
most vivid dream I had ever had. . . . The surroundings in the dream were pitch black, I was standing center stage in what appeared to be a spotlight. There was this little boy tugging on
my skirt. All he said, over and over, was 'Mommy, please don’t hurt me.'”
“I fully awoke and just shook off the dream, not truly believing. I went to my appointment, went through the counseling, and was led into the room. . . . The doctor began to place the instruments inside me, when I heard the voice again. I closed my legs immediately and began crying. I couldn’t do it.”
Nancy Tanners says she will always regret her abortion and miss her aborted son, whom she named Robert Joseph. More than thirty years ago, she was deeply depressed and considered suicide in the aftermath of her abortion. Everyone had told her that “abortion was the only choice.” One day, while suffering from her decision to have an abortion, Nancy tells EWTN News Nightly, “I reached over into a drawer and pulled out a green scapular and put it on, and instantaneously I had a total miraculous reversion.” She also went to Confession, where she felt healing come into her soul: “The sky opened up, the rays of light came down, and I just totally was changed – changed in my soul.” Healing tears began to flow.
Links: Video on facebook (EWTN News Nightly) Nancy Tanner’s written testimony (Silent No More) Silent No More Group wants to Remind NARAL of Women Abortion Victims Pope Francis Calls for Abortion Mercy
The Five Women who had Partial Birth Abortions
Many Americans remember that on April 10, 1996, President Clinton vetoed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995. To stir up emotions at that time, the president brought five women with him to appear on national TV. Clinton announced to the nation that the women “never had a choice.” Two days later, a smaller audience learned that the five women DID have a choice. Their lives had never been in imminent danger after all. No emergency existed.
One of the women – Claudia Crown Ades – said on WNTM-AM in Alabama: “My procedure was elective. That is considered an elective procedure, as were the procedures of Coreen Costello and Tammy Watts and Mary Dorothy-Line and all the other women who were at the White House yesterday. All of our procedures were considered elective.” (Johnson Ades interview).
Further exposing the hypocrisy of the partial-birth abortion movement, Ron Fitzsimmons – of the America's National Coalition of Abortion Providers – admitted that he had “lied through my teeth” on ABC’s Nightline in 1995 about the number of and main reason for partial birth abortions. Links: Jeremiah Project Clinton Veto
Dorothy Day (1897-1980)
At the age of twenty-one in 1919, Dorothy Day aborted her baby so her boyfriend wouldn’t leave her. He left anyway. She later became a famous social activist, helping Peter Maurin found the Catholic Worker Movement. This group provided hospitality houses to feed, clothe and shelter the poor. The movement’s goal was to “live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ.”
Dorothy also began working as editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper – a job she kept from 1933 to 1980. She wrote about her abortion experience in her autobiographical novel, The Eleventh Hour. Dorothy Day was overjoyed when she later gave birth to a daughter. For years she had thought she was infertile. Out of gratitude to God, she baptized her daughter in the Catholic Church which she knew would be the last straw for the love of her life, an atheist who then left her.
Dorothy writes she was then “inspired to go to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray. I cried out to God in anguish that some way would open up for me to use what talents I possessed for my fellow workers, for the poor.”
Her work is now part of history. Despite growing in her spiritual life, Dorothy suffered psychological torments in the aftermath of her abortion.
Dorothy Day taught that contraception and abortion went against the natural and spiritual order of God’s Creation. She argued against the logic of using contraceptives to prevent conception. After all, contraceptives are used only during the precise act created by God to achieve conception. Contraception only frustrated God’s plans for humanity, Dorothy Day held.
She wrote: “To me, birth control and abortion are genocide. I say, make room for children, don’t do away with them. I learned that prevention of conception when the act that one is performing is for the purpose of fusing the two lives more closely and so enrich them that another life springs forth and the aborting of a life conceived are sins that are great frustrations in the natural and spiritual order.”
Links: Dorothy Day’s Pro-Life Memories by Dan Lynch) Dorothy Day in her own words The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist (by Dorothy Day) Dorothy Day wiki All is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day by Jim Forest Loaves of Fishes: The Inspiring Story of the Catholic Worker Movement by Dorothy Day and Robert Coles The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day
Phyllis Bowman (died 2012)
Born Jewish, Phyllis Bowman transitioned from a pro-choice agnostic to a pro-life Catholic. “I believed in abortion,” she said, “and I used to go into the hospital and think that they would be much better off if they had never been born.” (Source) She became Catholic. She also became “convinced by the pro-life position after researching the causes of disabilities in unborn babies” (Link) She went on a 45-year “battle for the baby.” She even became president of the one of the world’s first pro-life groups – “Protection of Unborn Children” – and later founded the internationally influential Right to Life group. Links: “I knew I’d never see complete victory” “This is how we’re going to end abortion” The Catholic Herald Tribute to Phyllis Bowman
From time to time, people praying outside abortion clinics report physically sensing spiritual warfare in their midst. One woman and her two friends were praying outside a clinic while two Wiccans standing guard were uttering wiccan prayers. A “very heavy” feeling reminiscent of cinder blocks being piled on her head ensued.
Although it was light out, the pro-life woman noted a tangible presence of darkness, gloom and despair. She adds, “Then I looked over at the woman and saw what was causing the darkness. There were these shadowy figures, swirling around her, floating in the air. I remember that they looked like how I would imagine black holes would look. It just seemed like it sucked the light out from around it. It was creepy” (Source – scroll to DihydrogenOxide).
Of course, those praying for babies have also encountered a heavenly presence during prayer. On April 4, 2011, members of the Main Line Coalition gathered outside Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, and prayed with a group of future priests along Lancaster Avenue.
According to the Main Line Coalition, “We prayed with the seminarians from Saint Charles Seminary on April 4th, 2011. We prayed for Mary to give a sign of her presence and here it is. God is Great!” In response to the prayer, a stunning beam of light shined down from the sun in the sky to the ground and lasted several minutes. The light representing Mary’s presence was witnessed by all present. To see a video of the beam of light shooting down to Lancaster Avenue, go to THIS VIDEO LINK ON FACEBOOK.
Links relating to babies (before and after birth):
Mother of child with Down Syndrome gets comment from cashier: Son with Down Syndrome
Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto was conceived after rape. Her mother raised her: Miss Pennsylvania Inspires Others
Childless Couple Winds up with Five Babies: Sarah and Andy Justice decided to adopt the baby of a pregnant woman. The woman found out she was having triplets. Then Sarah found out she had conceived twins against all odds. The got five children within one year. Five Babies
www.prolife.com (a pro-life website rich in content)
STEVE JOBS was adopted. Jobs wrote, “I wanted to meet my biological mother mostly to see if she was alright and to thank her because I am glad I didn’t end up as an abortion. She was 23 and she went through a lot to have me.” (Isaacson, Walter (2011). Steve Jobs. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 254)
DVD: “Life After Abortion”(Starring Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King. description: “Countless women and men have been overwhelmed by post abortion trauma, resulting in fear, anxiety, pain, and guilt. Many suffer in silence for years after they realize the full toll of their choice. While numerous civic organizations and local churches offer outreach ministries that meet the need of many in crises, a relatively few help women cope with the aftermath of abortion. From desperation to deliverance, Life After Abortion takes an honest look at the undeniable impact abortion has had on real people.”)
“Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshu'run whom I have chosen.” (Isaiah 44:2)
“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5)
“For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb.I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139: 13-16)
Amazing video of baby from conception to birth (The good video starts at 2:00). From Conception to Birth was created by Alexander Tsiaras, who was an associate professor of medicine and chief of scientific visualization at Yale University. The title of the video is “The Beautiful and Efficient Anatomy of Pregnancy.” The actual footage starts at 2:00 into the video. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKyljukBE70 and www.huffingtonpost.com/alexander-tsiaras/pregnancy-anatomy_b_2499945.html?ncid=webmail3, http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/alexander-tsiaras.htm) Another beautiful video is “
Silent No More Awareness This Christian group focuses on public awareness of the devastation brought upon women and men through abortion. The campaign seeks to expose lies within the abortion industry and people's emotional and physical pain. Its goals are: 1) Reach out to people hurt after abortion 2) Encourage them to attend abortion after-care programs 3) Invite those who are ready to break their silence to speak the truth about abortion's negative consequences and invite others to the path to healing 4) Educate the public about abortion's harm – emotional, physical and spiritual – to women, men and families 5) Share personal testimonies of hurt and healing. www.silentnomoreawareness.org
Priests for Life This pro-life group galvanizes the clergy to preach, teach, and mobilize their people more effectively in the effort to end abortion and euthanasia. Its goals are listed at www.priestsforlife.org/intro/introbrochure.html www.priestsforlife.org
MESSAGE FROM POPE JOHN PAUL II to women who had an abortion
"I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitely lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord." (Source: Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life 1995, #99)