Dr. Vansen Wong initially thought he was helping women when he began performing abortions as part of his OB-GYN practice in Sacramento, California.
But the deadly procedure began to trouble his conscience more and more. After almost seven years, Wong finally quit doing abortions and became an advocate for unborn babies’ lives. He shared his story on Sept. 30 at St. Louis University during an event sponsored by the university Students for Life and Medical Students for Life clubs.
According to the St. Louis Review, a friend first approached Wong about doing abortions as part of his medical practice in the 1990s.
“I wanted to be an advocate for women, someone who wouldn’t be judgmental to a woman who’d already made her decision,” he told the crowd.
At the time, Wong said he believed most women had abortions because of critical issues, such as rape and medical problems; but the more abortions he performed, the more he realized how many were for matters of convenience instead. He said one woman told him she wanted an abortion because she had planned a trip to Europe.
“These women would say, ‘it’s not the right time,’” Wong said.
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His rationalization of helping women began wearing on him. He later realized that God was at work all along. At the time he was doing abortions, Wong was a self-proclaimed atheist. But as he continued his work, he started attending church services at a local high school. An incident in which a patient died after a hysterectomy had shaken his self-esteem as a physician and had him turning closer to God.
One day at church, his pastor spoke about the partial-birth abortion procedure, which was a big topic in the early 2000s during the passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
“Maybe God is telling me abortion is wrong,” Wong said. “It crept in — the realization that every person is created in God’s image.”
Not long after he quit doing abortions, he began post-abortion counseling to heal and learn to forgive himself for the abortion deaths of his own two children, as well as the hundreds of others who he had aborted in his practice. Wong went on to serve as the medical director of a pro-life pregnancy center in Sacramento, which provides ultrasounds and other forms of support to pregnant and parenting moms.
He also said he feels led to share his conversion story to help others. Back in 2012, he also spoke at the Walk for Life in San Francisco and described his former abortion work as “barbaric,” according to Live Action News.
“Abortion is barbaric, abortion is intolerable,” Wong said. “Abortion has no place in society.”
Two weeks ago, he urged the Missouri students to continue the fight for a culture that respects all human life.
“I hope together we can change this culture,” he said. “I would hope as you think (about) abortion, maybe you will think about it a little differently, maybe more personally. What can we do as individuals to help change the approach in our society?”