| January 29, 2005
From Abortion To Life
"Rescue those being led away to death"
Two weeks after the Roe v. Wade decision
legalizing abortion 32 years ago,
Carol Everett had an abortion, though she was married. Not because she
wanted to, but because her second husband insisted on it, since they already
had three children from previous marriages.
"I chose him over the baby. Yet we were separated
in 3 months," she recalls. So she lost the baby and the man. This is not unusual, but happens in three-fourths of cases, she says.
By 1977 Carol was in the abortion business. Why? "I saw the potential profit. I earned $25 for each abortion and did 545
abortions the first month. I saw I could become a millionaire if I had
five abortion clinics doing 40,000 a year." By 1983 she had two
clinics open in Dallas and planned to open three more. Each paid for
itself in the first month.
She charged $250 for a first trimester abortion, but up
to $1,500 for a second or third
Once a month she put a girl with a botched abortion in
her car - "not in an ambulance,
which is terrible publicity, to transfer her, not to the closest hospital,
but one across town which we could depend on in our cover up. One would die
and we had 18 hysterectomies, one colostomy in which the woman's uterus was
damaged, so that bowel movements had to go into a bag, and one damaged
urinary tract which had to be re-sectioned."
"We were maiming and killing women and getting away
with it, because families were
too embarrassed to sue." Meanwhile she was having constant fights with
staff so she met with a man who said he was a business counselor. Soon
she asked him, "Are you a pastor?" He acknowledged he was. "Why are
"God sent me," he replied.
Carol recalls, "I thought he was crazy. He told
me God loved me. He sent his son to die for me. And if I made a simple
affirmation of faith, my life would change. I prayed the sinner's prayer to
shut the man up. He had me pray, `Lord, make me a worker in your vineyard.' I was laughing, does he think I will work in a vineyard?"
Yet a few hours later she fell to her knees. Carol
began talking women out of having an
abortion, and soon quit. After overseeing 35,000 abortions, she began
speaking to right-to-life groups and helping raise money for Crisis
Pregnancy Centers. Ten years ago she
decided to create 30 second ads to attract more women to CPCs. Here's one:
"I was not planning to get pregnant. I was in my second
year in college. Then it happened. I did not know who to talk to. I was
afraid to talk to my parents. My boy friend did not know what to do. I
called Resources for Women (whose number shows on the screen). I called
them. They listened. They understood. They helped me and they can help you."
Notice the word "abortion" is not used, nor the phrase
"Crisis Pregnancy Center." The TV ads are aired during soaps, Oprah or Jerry
Springer when young women are watching. The 800 number will direct callers
to the nearest CPC in Dallas, Waco or San Antonio or
one in 26 states.
They are effective, boosting the number of calls by 30%
to 70% if the ad is in Spanish.
Why such a big increase among Hispanics? Little has been done to reach
them in the past.
However, TV ads are not cheap. Each 30 second ad
costs $100 and CPCs find that to be hard money to raise. Therefore, my son,
Adam, who has a radio talk show on KSLR, a Christian station in San Antonio,
held a fund-raising two-day marathon this week.
The goal was to raise $40,000 in two days. I tuned in
KSLR.com on my computer, 15
minutes into the second day. "We are $7,835 short," Adam said. "We need to find 15 people to give $500 or 72 who will pledge $168 or $14 a
month." He read names of donors and their gifts on air. He asked
a CPC director why the ads are effective.
"The girls have invited the TV stations into their
homes. Here is an ad that touches their
heart. They feel safe to call." Of those who are pregnant, 85 to 97 percent
choose life for their baby. Many come to faith.
"Rescue those being led away to death," Adam said.
Many did so, giving $39,602.
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