Carol Everett, a former abortionist, has dedicated her life to both counseling and helping inner-city women with the challenges of unintended pregnancies and educating the public about the horrors of abortion.
At a luncheon hosted by Lifewatch, an arm of the United Methodist Church, Everett spoke to the public at the Hilton Fort Worth Hotel in Texas about her personal experiences operating an abortion clinic and the need to eradicate a practice that harms millions of women every year.
"I sold abortions. When we opened, we did 45 abortions the first month. The last month [we were open], we did 545 abortions," she admitted in a statement.
Everett, who has suffered from the personal trauma of three abortions, said she eventually left the abortion industry for good to establish The Heidi Group.
The group, founded in 1995, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women avoid abortions while preparing for the challenges of unplanned pregnancies.
As part of its programs, The Heidi Group offers free bilingual parenting classes, Bible studies and counseling for future mothers.
Everett named the group Heidi in remembrance of her unborn child she aborted back in 1973.
"We are an injured nation, for many of us are unwilling to admit or deal with our pain," Everett explained to the audience on the prevalence of abortion.
"I have never changed a mind by debate," she added, noting that it was necessary for people to better inform themselves on the realities of abortion.
The luncheon, sponsored by Lifewatch, also known as the Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality, was held as part of an information session on the topic of abortion and the abortion industry. It was held during the United Methodist Church's quadrennial General Conference
Since 1973, when the Supreme Court made its ruling in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion throughout the United States, nearly 50 million babies have been aborted.