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Everett The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 ,l=_. z&N NIAa,, HUGHES like a joyous song inside me even with me." "gestaffwrlter playing in the midst of a Soon Everett and her hus- storm." band divorced. She became in- day of miracles Her husband insisted on the volved in the abortion indus- Carol Everett abortion, and Everett remem- try, partly to mask her own still bers "as I lay there preparing pain. As she became immersed miracle was the myself for the abortion, I in her work she began to l.from successful wanted Tom to change into my dream of becoming the "lead- s nationally- knight in shining armor, race ing lady" in the abortion indus- defending the through the door of the hospi- try. "Greed -- the love of Unborn. tal room, and rescue us. I money and the things I could in Evansville wanted to call Tom and say, have withit blinded me." share the bad 'Please don't make me do this.' Soon, her fourteen-year-old abortion indus- "My third child was aborted daughter, Kelly, was helping in good news about at 7 a.m. Friday morning, Feb- the clinic, and her son received g grace. She ruary 16, 1973." a cleaning contract there. annual Vander- She remembers waking up Everett remembers keeping Right to Life and feeling the "emptiness a Bible in her top right-hand uet and at Where my child had been safely drawer and pulling it out if Catholic tucked away only a few hours anyone confronted her about earlier. Depression over- abortion. She would respond,"I to the abor- whelmed me; guilt engulfed am helping women because back to 1973 me; tears were everywhere. My God wants me to. I tithe on all an abor- heart was broken." the money I make. I pray every in a second mar- She left the hospital feeling day." She said she prayed that a prenup- "guilty, confused, and there would be no complica- requiring her ashamed." tions or deaths in her clinics, abortion if she She wanted her husband to and for more abortions. "hurt as I hurt, as my baby "I even believed God was learned she was had been hurt. I started abus- blessing me in the abortion in- wanted to have ing my daughter because she dustry because of my tithe." feared her hus- was the same sex as the baby During her six years in the me if I did and I became overprotective of abortion industry, Everett says two of our pre- my son.. I expected any day for she was involved in providing abor- the police to come to my door 35,000 abortions. While at the about the and say, 'Your son is dead.' abortion clinic, she held babies Warm. It was That would be God getting still for "big baby abortions" to Life speaker talks about her experiences in the abortion industry c Charities sets up 800 number bled pregnant women and she held down women who had changed their minds about having an abortion, "more women than I care to remem- ber. They had paid their money and signed the forms." She saw one woman die from complications from an abor- ti6n, and 19 women had to un- dergo hysterectomies or colostomies following their abortions. In her book "The Scarlet Lady, Confessions of a Success- ful Abortionist," Everett writes of a botched abortion on an 18- year-old. "She screamed and screamed during the abortion, which was not normal. "Several days later, she called the clinic complaining. She was asked to come back in for a check-up, where we dis- covered that her uterus had been perforated and her bowel pulled inside her uterus with the suction." Her miracle of conversion began when she met a busi- ness counselor who was also a preacher. She remembers him as a "strange man, like none other in my world." He prayed with Everett and told her Jesus loved her. She felt like she had been hit with a "two by four." One day, after praying with him, she returned to the abor- tion clinic and noticed "some- thing was different. When I left, it had seemed all the (CNS) -- teen-agers feel frightened, itive option for pregnant teens USA, in alone, and have nowhere to and young women. With Catholic turn. Catholic Charities helps Twenty-four Catholic Chari- across the these teens and young women ties agencies are participating established a ha- make the best decisions for in the nationwide effort. A to pro- themselves and their babies." pilot program for the 800-num- pregnancy Catholic Charities statistics ber program was tested in Vir- OUnseling for reveal that daily in just one ens and other state, California, 122 teen- ginia, Maryland and Pennsyl- agars become pregnant. Ac- vania. nUmber is (800) cording to the agency, teen Catholic Charities USA has at pregnancy across the country a network of 1,400 agencies, Fran- is reaching crisis proportions institutions and individuals off a week- as 27 percent of births in the working to reduce poverty, of preg- United States are to young sin- support families, and adoption glewomen, strengthen communities. Its Those who call the toll-free agencies offer such social ser- States, more number will be directed auto- vices as education efforts, day :n-agers be- matically to professional coun- year," said selors at whatever Catholic care, food, adoption services, of family Charities agency is located housing, and counseling, pro- Charities closest to their dialing area. A vided to people of all religious, major emphasis of the program national, racial, social and eco- pregnant is to present adoption as a pos- nomic backgrounds. 'I'm pregnant. Do my abortion.' But when I got back all the women were coming in the front door crying. I had never noticed that before." She began taking the women into her office and counseling them not to have abortions. "It was business as usual all around me, but not business as usual inside me. There was a song in my heart, a joyous song that was not there before." During her conversion, there was a young woman who died due to complications from an abortion. "My soul languished, I am as guilty as Harvey (the abortion clinic doctor) because I sold her the abortion, and I am covered with Sheryl's blood. I am in truth the Scarlet Lady." When Everett began to take an inventory of who she really was, she discovered, "I was an unscrupulous woman who craved being the leading lady in all the abortion industry so much that I would participate in the cover-up of botched abortions. "Second, I loved money and what it could do for me so much I would continue to sell abortions, including big ones, knowing some of them would be botched, and consequently some women would be maimed for life or die." After six years in the abor- tion industry, making a lucra- tive salary, Everett resigned her position. She lost or gave away everything she had pur- chased with her "blood money." And she discovered Psalm 139. "When I read it, 'For You did form my inward parts, You did knit me together in my mother's womb,' I became con- vinced that I had been killing babies. I knew now God in- tended for each of the 35,001 babies to live, each one that I had helped abort. =At that time, I became pro- life. I felt like God washed me in his love." During her conversion, she was forced to look at the dam- women were dancing in through the front door singing, :'age" her,:work hadcauSed lhr,:' ..... in classroom leads to promoting values education high students, in with learning to live by a per- through high school. She developed a survey on sonal code of conduct. "The only way to get change values for sixth graders who Then, she took her survey on in society is through education (CNs) _ What would be taking her course the the road, distributing it to stu- in values,  she said. Voices for in a health following year and asked them dents in Belgium and Italy in Values has a goal to instill, re- COurse in a to include any questions they an effort to learn whether store and promote basic school has be- hoped would be answered in other countries had similar human values in our society, organi- the teen-livingclass, problems with weak under- beginning with children and val- "Based on their returns, I standing of values, youth. * schools, felt there were areas of weak- "I'm getting similar answers Mrs. DePorter hopes tJ bring a regis- ness and a need for education from Americans and Euro- the subject of values education at in values," she said. "Before I peans," she said. "People all to educators and students as in Gary, began teaching them the lea- over are tired of what's hap- well as raising community for Values son on puberty, AIDS and sex- pening in society and they awareness. ually transmitted disease, I want to do something about it." "My idea is to connect young at the thought it was essential to add She said 98 percent of the people from all over," she said. a lesson on defining values." surveys show adults and stu- "After all, they are the ones Volunteering Using the survey, Mrs. De- dents alike think basic values who will inherit the problems rid room 10 Porter structured a class era- should be taught in schools, of society. They need a corn- three phasizing respect, honesty, ac- Mrs. DePorter has found school mon core of basic human val- the countability, dignity, systems of France, Germany, ues from which to tackle these ring class responsibility and loyalty. She Italy and Belgium include reli- issues. This is a wonderful human discussed character development gion or morality courses in the opportunity to do something for junior and integrity and how these fit curriculum from first grade positive." her daughter and her son. She also named her third child, the aborted daughter, "Heidi.  Today, Everett travels around the country spreading the pro-life message. Of her conversion, Everett believes, I'm here today because some- one told me God loves me.  She adds, rhe worst day on this side is better than the best day on that side." I I I I -- Peoples I rust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 4744" 1 III iiii ii IIII I I ( HAUBSTADT ELECTRIC Licensed Bonded Insumd Induslr, Comerc and Resem P.O. Bo= 405 TONY !O  IN 47639 812-768-5207 1-800-7e6'2787 II li i , ,, -Main S FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE RSCHI ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, tN 389-2418