Pennsylvania-native Jewels Green was a drug using, high school dropout when she found out she was pregnant at age 17. She wanted to keep the baby, but violent pressure from her boyfriend convinced her otherwise and she had an abortion in January 1989.
Soon after the procedure, Green sunk into a deep depression that led to multiple suicide attempts and a month spent in a psych ward. She later tried to justify her decision by working in an abortion clinic, but it never worked.
The facility’s counselors were not instructed to discuss options, such as adoption, with their clients. “Everyone working there truly believed we were doing right by the women who came in for abortions,” says Green. But she likes to point out that not every woman who comes in had made up her mind to go through with the procedure and many of them do not realize how much help is available.
Green started to doubt the pro-choice cause when a surrogate mother came to the clinic for an abortion. After the child was diagnosed with a mental disability, the biological parents had offered her a lot of money to terminate the fetus.
The final straw came when her clinic was approved to perform abortions as late as 16 weeks and she was part of the team that counted body parts, making sure the entire fetus had been removed.
Green now identifies as “pro-life” and believes that for the campaign to be effective, pro-life activists need to express their beliefs all the time, not just when trouble arises. They should create a presence through advertising so that women know where they can turn.
Jewels Green is now a happy mother of three hoping to educate women about their options by telling her story. She will give her authentic testimony at the 2015 National Right to Life Convention this summer in New Orleans.