Why One Radical Abortion Activist Changed Her Mind: “I Made a Huge Mistake”

Opinion   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 20, 2016   |   6:27PM   |   Washington, DC

In 2012, Sara Winter helped to form a radical abortion advocacy group in her home country of Brazil. The group, Femin, is known for protesting topless, sometimes violently, in front of religious institutions and government buildings.

Recently, though Winter, whose real name is Sara Fernanda Giromin, had a change of heart. Catholic News Agency reports she now describes her abortion advocacy as a “huge mistake.”

Giromin said she feels betrayed by the movement that she once supported. Many turned against her when she changed her opinion about abortion and apologized for her actions.

“You have no idea of the reprisals I’ve been a victim of coming from the feminists,” she wrote on Facebook late last year. “I’m afraid of even stepping out on to the street with my baby, but I have faith that all this is going to go away.

“I understand I made a huge mistake, and I ask forgiveness from the bottom of my heart. The way to achieve public policy changes for women has nothing to do with mocking people’s religions,” she added.

Here’s more from the report:

Last month she denounced international funding to promote abortion in Brazil. She asked forgiveness for having been “part of that scheme to get abortion legalized.”

“But I never knew that all that talk about legalizing abortion in Brazil had been the work of organizations controlled by tycoons, rich men interested in reducing my country’s population.”

Sara confessed that she had always thought that an abortion was “something every woman should be able to get.”

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“I’m not waving that flag any more. I don’t agree with women being jailed for having an abortion, I think they should always be treated with compassion, but I’m against the promotion of abortion being carried out by the feminist NGOs.”

Giromin also has been urging other women to “think carefully” before having an abortion. She had a horrible experience with her own abortion several years ago, and says her second child’s birth was one of the things that changed her mind.

“I almost bled to death and had very serious complications,” she said of her abortion. “… feminism should be focusing more on taking care of women instead of putting their lives at risk.”

Last year, she told Red Alert Politics:

I saw the feminist movement cover up for PEDOPHILES. I saw the feminist movement PERSECUTE WOMEN … I am a witness to the fact that today in the feminist movement women are not of any importance but serve as fuel for the fires of hatred that the feminist sect cannot allow to die.

Giromin said she thinks true compassion and love are missing from the movement she once supported.

“What I was missing was love (which changed when I became a mother), love that came to me after having reflected a lot on today’s militant feminism,” she said.

Giromin is proof that, like so many other pro-life advocates who have come from the ranks of the abortion industry over the years, even the hardest heart can be softened.