Julie Woodley used to volunteer for a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Florida, but after experiencing two abortions and the murder of a close friend, she became an advocate for the unborn.
On Good Friday, Woodley wore a wedding dress and carried a bunch of roses and baby shoes to the Boca Raton Planned Parenthood where she once volunteered, according to The Blaze. There, she knelt and prayed for unborn babies, their mothers and the staff inside the center. Even after the abortion business’s staff called the police on her, she continued to pray and sing songs with the hope of encouraging other pregnant moms to make life-affirming decisions for their unborn babies.
A series of tragic events led Woodley to the pro-life movement and to a life of faith in God. She told the Christian Broadcasting Network that her father sexually abused her when she was very young. When she was 17 and became pregnant with a boy from high school, her parents forced her to have an abortion. Later, she had a second abortion. She ran away from home and worked as a prostitute for a while. Then she learned that one of her close friends had been murdered, according to the report.
But one day, while contemplating suicide, Woodley said God spoke to her.
“More than any time in my life, I knew someone loved me. For the next years I pursued God,” she told Live Action News. “I began to see that someone loved me and I could be forgiven for all the abortions and men I had slept with. I could be born again – clean with God. People began to walk me through my healing.”
Woodley later became a licensed therapist and founded Restoring the Heart Ministries, an organization dedicated to helping people heal from traumas, including abortion, according to the report. She also spends time praying outside the abortion business that she once supported as a volunteer spokeswoman.
“I know it sounds crazy, I feel like God is calling me to the heart of the battle,” she said. “I can say I used to work for Planned Parenthood, and I can go in a tender, loving way and talk to the abortionist.”
Pro-lifers like Woodley have been changing the hearts of expecting moms as well as abortion clinic workers in the past few years. The 40 Days for Life Campaign reports 127 abortion clinic workers have quit during its peaceful, prayerful campaigns.
In March 2014, pro-lifers outside of an abortion clinic in Sacramento witnessed an abortion clinic employee quit. The worker called out that “I’ve had enough! I hate this place! I quit!” and asked the pro-lifers for prayer.
Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson is another example of the impact pro-lifers can make on the sidewalks outside abortion clinics. Because of the compassionate outreach of a dedicated group of pro-lifers, Johnson quit her job and became a pro-life advocate. A few years ago, she also created an organization to help other abortion clinic workers leave the industry. Her organization, And Then There Were None, has provided physical and emotional support to enable dozens of abortion clinic workers to quit their jobs.