BY JEAN-MARIE BRALLEY
“Conversion is real,” said a former abortion clinic worker in her speech, “Lifting the Veil of Deception in the Abortion Industry: My Journey from Abortion to Life,” on Nov. 21 at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Julie “Jewels” Green is a post-abortive mother and a former abortion clinic worker who now actively promotes the pro-life cause.
At age 17, Green discovered she was pregnant, but did not want an abortion.
“I already thought of myself as a new mother,” she said. However, Green said everyone around her pressured her to abort.
“On Jan. 6, 1989, I aborted my first child at 9 1/2 weeks, and it nearly killed me – not the surgical procedure but the psychological aftermath,” said Green. “I was consumed by guilt.”
Green said she tried to commit suicide three times.
Despite the severe suffering she endured from her abortion experience, Green said she became a strong advocate for abortion rights.
Green said, “In hindsight, I see that I accepted a job at an abortion clinic because I wanted to surround myself with people who thought abortion was okay, so that someday I would think that, too.”
Green said she began to experience nightmares when she was working next to a station where aborted babies’ body parts were counted to ensure everything was accounted for.
She spoke to the executive director about the nightmares and was told that ending life was what they did, and she could not work there if she was uncomfortable with that fact.
Green said that she respected the direct reply because it was the first time someone was straightforward about what transpires in an abortion clinic.
A few years ago, Green experienced a pro-life conversion when a friend of hers was preparing to be a surrogate. Her friend was in a surrogate support group and told Green that one of the women was being paid her complete surrogacy contract to abort the child she was carrying because the baby had been diagnosed with Down syndrome.
Green said, “That was it for me. … The light bulb went on and it hasn’t turned off since.”
Green began looking for “concrete ways to atone” for her abortion and her role in thousands of other abortions. Her search led her out of the Lutheran church and into an exploration of Catholicism, the faith of her husband.
She read Scott Hahn’s book “Rome Sweet Home” and joined the Catholic Church in 2012.
In addition to sharing her personal journey, Green offered insight into the abortion industry. She described the majority of the workers and the people she met as “good people deceived,” who truly believed they were doing right, especially compared to the yelling pro-life “protesters,” who frequented the clinic.
Green also offered suggestions for the pro-life movement, such as not using graphic images of aborted babies on signs. Those types of images are better suited to one-on-one conversations, she said.
Most of all, she encouraged people to be present outside abortion clinics.
Freshman Samantha Re said that Green’s story and others like hers are important to the pro-life cause because they are based on experience.
“She was there,” Re said. “She’s not just speaking on research, but she’s speaking on actual opinion and life experience.”
Prior to Green’s speech, members of Students for Life, the club sponsoring the talk, offered personal testimonies about their own experiences praying outside an abortion clinic. They encouraged the audience to join them in weekly prayer on Saturdays outside a Pittsburgh abortion clinic.
Green’s writing has been utilized online by organizations such as Live Action, LifeNews and LifeSites. She is the editor of Feminists for Life magazine and is married with three children.