Pro-Life Group Launches "Day of Invitation" for Abortion Practitioners

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 9, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 9, 2006

Staten Island, NY ( — Every year on March 10, pro-abortion groups encourage their members and supporters to honor abortion practitioners by holding protests or writing letters to the editor. A pro-life group is countering this years plans with a "Day of Invitation" for abortion practitioners to get out of the abortion business.

Priests for Life is calling on pro-life advocates to pray for those who perform abortions or work at abortion facilities with the hope they will change their minds.

The Catholic organization also wants pro-life people to use conversations and letters to the editor to remind other that numerous people in the abortion industry have gotten out.

Joan Appleton of Wisconsin was a former nurse at an abortion business and knows the guilt and shame firsthand of working there.

"There are many of us who have been where you are right now who are more than willing to help you through the transition," she says to abortion facility workers.

"I would like to extend an invitation to everyone working in an abortion facility to denounce the killing of unborn children, the emotional and physical damage to women and the spiritual, emotional and psychological damage to yourself," she said.

"It takes great courage to accept reconciliation and healing from God but it is one decision you will never regret," Appleton added.

Dr. Paul Jarrett performed abortions in Indianapolis before he quit.

He got into the abortion business before Roe v. Wade after seeing girls in Indiana head to other states where abortion was legal to have abortions, only to come back to Indiana with medical problems as a result.

Still, Jarret said he never saw women die from illegal abortions.

"The actual number of criminal abortions was small and although I saw some patients who were pretty sick, I don’t recall any patients during my three years who died from a criminal abortion," he said.

While he felt legalizing abortion nationwide was the right thing at the time, he disagrees now.

"I knew then that abortion was wrong and I couldn’t be a part of it any longer. No one was critical of me for what I had done, nor for having stopped. But I had a lot of guilt about that abortion and had flashbacks to it from time to time. I sometimes dreamed about it. The guilt lasted about four years," Jarrett explained.

He encouraged pro-life people to help those in the abortion industry renounce their actions and get out of the grisly business.

"Our enemies are not the abortionists, the clinic directors, the feminists, the politicians, the women who are having abortions. These people are victims just as the babies are victims," he explained.

"We need to show them love not hatred. Yes, we hate the evil that they are doing, but we still love [them]," he concluded.

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