Interview with Jewels Green
Jewels Green is a former abortion clinic worker turned ardent human rights advocate who supports the right-to-life from conception to natural death.
As a public speaker, Jewels’ testimony recalls her own coerced first-trimester abortion at age 17, which led to depression, suicide attempts and a psychiatric hospital stay. She also reveals her decision to work in the abortion industry, as a misguided way to mask her own personal heartbreak and anguish.
Her incredible transformation and eventual acceptance of the pro-life worldview is proof that people can heal from abortion. She is overjoyed to see the tide shifting in public opinion about abortion and credits this, in part, to the peaceful, prayerful presence of dedicated individuals providing material assistance to pregnant mothers in need.
Her candid articles detailing her experiences have been published on Live Action, Life News, LifeSite News, and other related publications. A high-school dropout, Jewels went on to earn a Master’s degree in applied psychology. She is currently a stay-at-home mother of three boys.
PLM: You had an abortion when you were 17. Can you talk about that experience and why you decided to have an abortion?
Jewels Green: I actually didn’t decide to have an abortion–everyone around me decided I should have an abortion. I already had a name chosen for my baby and called for a prenatal appointment when I finally caved in to the pressure. I even ran out of the clinic the first time my abortion was scheduled-I’d refused to go through with it.
But two days later I went back. My baby was 9 1/2 weeks old when I aborted him. Soon the guilt overwhelmed me and I tried to kill myself. I spent a month in an adolescent psychiatric unit.
PLM: In other articles that you have published you reveal that you worked at an abortion clinic. What were your motivations for doing that?
Jewels Green: After my horrible experience with being pushed into having an abortion you’d think I’d be a staunch supporter of life, right? Precisely the opposite happened. Within weeks of my discharge from the psychiatric unit I was marching in Washington, DC in support of abortion and that summer I volunteered as a clinic escort and was eventually hired as a full-time employee.
In hindsight I think I was surrounding myself with people who thought abortion was OK in hopes that someday I’d believe that, too. Part of me thought that maybe I could help spot the girls who were being pressured-like I was–and I could offer… I don’t know what I could offer. The abortion center only offered death, I don’t know why I thought I could help anyone else when I couldn’t help myself.
PLM: What was the process that took place in your life that led you to embrace the pro-life position?
Jewels Green: My “a-ha moment” came long after leaving the abortion industry, and long after giving birth to three sons. I learned through a friend that a woman in her surrogacy support group was having genetic testing on the baby she was being paid to carry for an infertile couple. My friend explained that this testing was part of this woman’s contract, and when the results of the genetic testing indicated that the baby would be born with Down syndrome the biological parents decided to abort. And they offered the surrogate mother payment of her contract IN FULL to abort… and she did… She did. She accepted thousands of dollars to end the life of the baby in her womb. That was it. It was like my eyes finally opened. Children were now commodities to be created, bought, sold, and discarded at will-as quality control!?–and I could no longer call myself pro-choice after that moment.
PLM: From your own experience, and your experience working at an abortion clinic, what do you think the main reason is that women choose to have an abortion?
Jewels Green: Lack of resources and support: financial, emotional, tangible, practical. These reasons are borne out by research, not just what I heard in the counseling office or the recovery room at the abortion center.
PLM: What do you think is the most effective way to convince women in crisis pregnancies who are considering abortions to change their minds and choose life for their babies instead?
Jewels Green: Compassion. We all need to stop shouting. It breaks my heart to see well-meaning pro-lifers outside the abortion facility shouting at the pregnant mothers on their way to making the worst mistake of their lives. There are only five words that should ever be shouted to those misguided souls, “Please let us help you.”
Education. Educating pregnant mothers about the many nonviolent options she has: parenting, kinship care, open or closed adoption. Women already know about these choices, of course, but very few know the specifics about financial, medical, and emotional support for birth mothers who choose to place a child for adoption. Many don’t know about the financial and medical support available to parents from the government and from churches. Spreading the word is key.
Resolve. We can’t give up. I know that’s easy for me to say because I’ve only been active in the pro-life movement for a few years, but I hope that the enthusiasm of we who are new to the movement can spread to those who may have become discouraged.
PLM: When you look at what the pro-life community does to try to change the hearts and minds of pro-choice supporters, what activities do you think are working well, what could work better, and what do you think are counterproductive?
Jewels Green: What worked for me was a combination of facts, compassion, inner awareness, and God. Advances in medical imaging technology are helping us convince people who otherwise would agree with the “blob of cells” lie. I’d use the same three points as I mentioned when trying to dissuade a pregnant mother from abortion her own child: compassion, education, and resolve.
Jewels Green is a regretful, repentant post-abortive mother and former abortion clinic worker turned pro-life writer, speaker, and advocate. She is also the editor of The American Feminist, a pro-life magazine published by Feminists for Life.
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