A conference on abortion this weekend in Illinois will bring together seven women and men who formerly worked in the abortion industry to share how their "behind-the-scenes" view of the business led them to become pro-life.
"CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist" is set to present on Sept. 22 stories of how the abortion industry operates, how doctors are allowed to remotely prescribe abortion drugs without ever seeing their patients, and how the "horrors" of the business lead some to recognize that unborn babies are still human beings who need protection.
"All of our speakers are formerly involved in the abortion industry in some way, and all of them have converted and become pro-lifers," Ann Scheidler, vice president of the Pro-Life Action League, said Monday in a phone interview with The Christian Post.
The Pro-Life Actin League is hosting the conference.
"We have a doctor who did abortions several years ago, we did a doctor who was involved in in-vitro fertilization, and realized that they were interfering with the natural process of conception – but then you have a problem with what to do with embryos who are left over and haven't been implanted. So he came to a conversion after he realized this was not right," she continued.
"We have a couple of women who worked as managers at Planned Parenthood clinics and thought they were actually helping women, but then came to realize that no, they weren't helping women – that not only were women facing a lot of problems after they were having abortions, but now they were dealing with the fact that they had killed their child."
Scheidler noted that the speakers who converted to a pro-life position did it not only for intellectual reasons, but as their testimonies present, because they have seen behind-the-scenes the true harsh reality of the abortion industry.
"There are powerful stories of conversion, and they help us know a little bit more about the mentality in the Planned Parenthood clinics, and the other abortion clinics just how it is that people can work in there and be kind of blind to what is going on, many times for years and years and finally come to an awakening," she added.
The Pro Life Action League VP revealed that the conference will be attended by people who are very active in the pro-life movement, in terms of visiting and praying at abortion clinics or working as counselors.
"They want to hear more about just what drives somebody to take a job at an abortion clinic, and what can we do as pro-lifers to reach out to those who still work and try to encourage them to get out of it," Scheidler concluded.
The organization notes that since the practice in the U.S. became legal in 1973, there have been an estimated 50 million abortions carried out.