Redeemed by Grace: Another Abortion Worker Comes Over to the Side of Truth

Redeemed by Grace: Another Abortion Worker Comes Over to the Side of Truth April 26, 2015

Through the years, I’ve met several people who have worked in the abortion industry, and who have then experienced a dramatic conversion and joined pro-life forces:

  • Abby Johnson, whose  work on behalf of Planned Parenthood is recounted in the book Unplanned;
  • Carol Everett, former abortion provider and former owner of several abortion clinics in the state of Texas;
  • Rebecca Hamilton, Catholic blogger and former legislator who served as director of NARAL in her home state of Oklahoma before embarking on a long and successful career as a pro-life politician; and of course,
  • Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the abortion doctor who changed his mind.  Dr. Nathanson, founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League and author of The Hand of God, told me how seeing an unborn child recoil from the surgical instruments on an ultrasound screen changed his heart and initiated his journey toward reconciliation with God.

Redeemed by GraceThe newest name on that list of dramatic transformations is Ramona Treviño.

She’s not a convert to Catholicism–No, Ramona was Catholic even during the years she worked for Planned Parenthood, even while she referred young women for abortion.  And while that may seem puzzling, she was not the only Catholic who hadn’t fully understood the seriousness of abortion, which takes the life of a child created in the image of God.

In her new book Redeemed By Grace, Ramona tells the fascinating story of her exodus from Planned Parenthood and her new life as a pro-life advocate and Catholic speaker.

In the early chapters, the reader could sense her confusion.  As manager of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sherman, Texas, Ramona had the responsibility of referring women for abortions.  How could she reconcile her work with her faith in God and her pro-life views?

The internal conflict grew greater until finally, in 2011, she could no longer refer women for abortions or offer false assurances of risk-free sex.  She had to step away.  The peace and assurance she felt, and the warm support of pro-lifers who showered her with the love of Christ, made it easier to take that leap of faith and leave a financially secure position for an unknown future.

I loved reading Ramona’s story.  There were a few things, though, that touched my heart in a special way:

First, the Radio Connection:  Ramona’s journey home to her Catholic faith is a familiar one, yet it’s unique.  I was especially touched to know that she had been accompanied on her journey by Catholic radio–listening to her car each day as she drove to and from the clinic.  I worked for a number of years at Ave Maria Radio; and I knew some of the talented and holy staff at Guadalupe Radio, the Catholic network that reached out to Ramona on her car radio in Texas.  At the radio station, we frequently heard stories of people whose lives had been changed after listening to Catholic radio; but Ramona’s story was a heartwarming reminder of the power of the microphone.

And second, the warmth of the pro-life demonstrators:  I know from my work on the board of Mother And Unborn Baby Care, a local crisis pregnancy center here in Michigan, that pro-life people are truly good.  I’ve seen volunteers accomplish so much with such limited resources, and expect nothing in return.  Ramona was understandably nervous about facing these people, who were so opposed to the work she had been doing that they prayed outside her clinic for lives to be spared.  Yet when she finally crossed the threshold and approached the people who had been her enemies, she found them to be friendly, forgiving, and quick to offer assistance to help her find a new job.

Redeemed by Grace is poised to take its place among classic pro-life testimonies.  The book is published by Ignatius Press, and is available via Amazon or at your local Catholic bookstore.  It’s poised to become a classic among pro-life testimonies.

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  • Robin

    thank-you for sharing this!

  • That is why we need to have Catholic radio everywhere in the country, and actually everywhere in the world. No question that the Catholic internet sites helped strengthen my faith,and it deepened further when I turned on EWTN. And now that Relevant Radio has finally come to NYC I can’t tell you how it has enlarged my heart. As Shakespeare says, nothing comes from nothing. So the corollary something comes from something, and if you are not in a person’s sensory then you have no chance to evangelize. We need to make it a priority that every corner of this country is filled with Catholic radio, even if we have to lose some money doing it.

  • Thedefencerests

    As far as I know there are no Catholic radio sites in the Toronto area, at least not that I can receive. Too bad.

    • kathyschiffer

      I think the laws in Canada make it impossible to open a purely religiious station. However, there are stations which broadcast via Internet, which should be available to you. You can listen live or listen to archived files at my own alma mater, Ave Maria Radio (avemariaradio.net). Likewise, Relevant Radio and Guadalupe Radio and other Catholicnetworks offer on-line programming.

  • Sophia Sadek

    My favorite Catholic advocate for women’s reproductive rights was Margaret Sanger. She left the Roman fold to become an Anglican, but she continued to see herself as an advocate for Catholic women. I side with all of the people who would never have been born had their mothers not aborted a prior pregnancy.

    • Margret Sanger? She was a racist eugenecists who is the most responsible single person for the legalized killing of the unborn.

      • Sophia Sadek

        Au contraire, Manny. Sanger, like her mentor Havelock Ellis, opposed racist eugenicists. She also opposed abortion and advocated contraception as a way to obviate the need for abortion. The disinformation you repeat here is part of a campaign to misrepresent the life and work of a woman who did more for the good of Catholic families than anyone in history.

        • Au contraire, Sophia. Without question Sanger was a eugenicists. She even titled this essay “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda.” And if you think that her racists beliefs aree unfounded, here is a quote right out of her essay:

          “In the limited space of the present paper, I have time only to touch upon some of the fundamental convictions that form the basis of our Birth Control propaganda, and which, as I think you must agree, indicate that the campaign for Birth Control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical in ideal, with the final aims of Eugenics.

          First: we are convinced that racial regeneration like individual regeneration, must come “from within.” That is, it must be autonomous, self-directive, and not imposed from without. In other words, every potential parent, and especially every potential mother, must be brought to an acute realization of the primary and central importance of bringing children into this world.”

          That’s not some quote pulled out of context. That is Sanger herself writing an essay on the merits of racists eugenics. You have had the wool pulled over your eyes if you think Sanger was not racist and an advocate of killing the unborn.

          • Sophia Sadek

            Sanger’s arguments on the topic of eugenics were targeted in opposition of those who promoted racist eugenics. Likewise, Ellis was adamant in his opposition to “fanatics” who espoused eugenics for racist ends.
            One of the distinctions in the use of the term “race” between Ellis/Sanger and the racists is that the former used it in reference to the human race where the latter used it in terms of the Anglo-Saxon race. The quote you cite is clearly directed against those who advocated racially motivated eugenics.