It is possible to change minds and hearts on abortion Print
Written by Mary C. Uhler, editor   
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 -- 1:00 AM
Bringing a regular, prayerful presence

In January, Vigil for Life of Madison and Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County began to bring a prayerful presence to the Orin Rd., Madison, Planned Parenthood every day it is open. The Orin Rd. Planned Parenthood is one of Wisconsin’s four stand-alone abortion facilities.

Looking to build on momentum generated by five successful 40 Days for Life campaigns and the derailment of late-term abortion plans at the Madison Surgery Center, the 365 for Life initiative looks to ensure that every woman who comes to Madison for an abortion has a chance of being offered hope by prayer warriors and sidewalk counselors.

Individuals and groups sign up for recurring two-hour shifts on a weekly or monthly basis on Monday to Wednesday between 9 and 11 a.m and Thursday and Friday between 1 and 3 p.m. Interested people can sign-up by contacting Laura Karlen at 608-445-2064 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Former Planned Parenthood worker’s conversion

Another example of a conversion to the pro-life side is found in the story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood leader who is now a pro-life advocate. Johnson’s story can be found in her book, unPlanned (available from Tyndale House Publishers and Focus on the Family). The book, which I just received last week, is the dramatic true account of Johnson’s decision to cross to the other side in the abortion debate.

Johnson was a volunteer and then an employee of Planned Parenthood. She counseled women in crisis, scheduled abortions, hired and trained staff. But she didn’t actually witness an abortion until she was asked to participate in an ultrasound-assisted abortion procedure for the first time.

When she saw “the entire, perfect profile of a baby” about to be aborted, Johnson was shocked. She could clearly see the arms, legs, and even tiny fingers and toes. She had the urge to yell, “Stop!” She didn’t stop this abortion, but she said to herself, “Never again!”

Besides the ultrasound experience, Johnson credits the peaceful, respectful witness of a local pro-life ministry with her change of heart. “It is their faithfulness and perseverance that help women face the truth of abortion every day,” Johnson said.

Her story and the examples of women who’ve changed their minds at abortion clinics prove that minds and hearts can be changed on the abortion issue. Let us all pray and work to help convert more minds and hearts to the pro-life cause.