Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
Today on Register Radio, we spoke with Jewels Green, a former abortion business worker who not only left the abortion industry, but has also come into the Catholic Church. She is one among at least 69 ex-abortion workers who have had a change of heart and left the abortion industry in the last five years. She provided a fascinating look inside an abortion business and shared what led her to leave.
"I was coerced into having an abortion I didn't want, when I was 17," said Green. "Weeks later, I tried to take my own life. Within months after recovering in an adolescent treatment unit, I marched in a pro-abortion walk and began volunteering as an escort. I was trying to reconcile my guilt."
She shared that she was always intuitively pro-life. However, after hearing the story of a gestational surrogate, a woman who was carrying a child for another couple, and learning of the abortion of that child after a genetic test came back positive for Down Syndrome, Green made the decision to self-identify as pro-life. Green eventually spoke out publicly, sharing her testimony on what would have been her aborted child's 23rd birthday.
"It was the Church's unwavering stand on the sanctity of life, from conception to a natural death," Green described as central to her conversion to Catholicism. "In the Church, truth is not decided by popular vote."
In addition, Green said that discovering the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist was pivotal to her decision to enter the Church this past Easter.
Asked what the biggest obstacle is that prevents abortion workers from leaving the industry, Green said that it is deception.
"The veil of lies is so thick," said Green. "The euphemisms that surround the culture of death make this psychologically accessible."
"The 40 Days for Life movement has changed the hearts and minds of not just those outside the clinic, but inside as well," said Green. "For those who work inside, they feel what's going on outside the door. That makes it easier to leave, if you know that you'll be accepted into open, forgiving, and loving arms outside."
Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart
In our second half, I spoke with Register correspondent Jim Graves about the recent opening of the California Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart's first assisted-care cottage for the elderly.
Graves provided background on the history of the religious order, which fled Mexico during the Catholic persecution of the 1920s, and settled in California. The work of the sisters began in caring for women who had tuberculosis. In 1955, they opened a hospital. By 2004, with all of the changes in healthcare, the Carmelites transitioned their facility to elder-care.
Graves described the Carmelite's efforts to open their first assisted-living cottage as the sisters desire to "create a rich, positive experience for the elderly to prepare them for their entry into the next life."
The cottage was the first of what the sisters hope will be nine cottages on their 12 acre site, capable of housing 314 seniors in a "neighborhood of care."
Highlighting some of the features of the cottage, Graves noted that it will include common social areas where seniors can gather around the hearth, each cottage will have its own kitchen, with the ability for seniors to plan and prepare their meals. He said the neighborhood will also have its own pharmacy, post office, trails, and other amenities.
"In many parts of our society, human life is not respected," said Graves. "As we age and our bodily functions decline, we all need love. This is why what the sisters are doing is so important."
As always, to hear the full interviews listen to today's show at 2 p.m. EASTERN Friday on any EWTN Radio affiliate or Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. The program re-airs at 7 p.m. EASTERN on Saturday and 11 a.m. EASTERN on Sunday, and is also available on the Register Radio web page, and via podcast.