Dr. Patti Giebink is a former abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood and the author of Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life. She now spends her time helping people find compassion and sensitivity to those affected by abortion.
Dr. Giebink was recently interviewed on Focus on the Family. This was a really wonderful interview:
As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.
Here’s an excerpt, where she shares about her spiritual transformation:
I was kind of going down the New Age path, searching. …[a friend] just kind of off-hand said [this church has] a new pastor. You might like this church. I didn’t know anybody in the church. Very small, but they had a new, young pastor, and I was just captivated. And for the first time in my life, I just felt so drawn to this church and to the Bible. It’s like they talk about in the Bible about the scales falling off your eyes. So I started reading the Bible and started to understand it. For about a year and a half, I just intensively studied the Bible. I didn’t have a real job at the time, and I just intensively was studying the Bible with direction and understanding it. At some point—I don’t exactly know when—it became so clear to me that God is the God of life. That’s His character. That’s His heart. There should be no question.
…in 2004, I started working with a very solid pro-life Catholic doctor in our small town. She was unapologetically pro-life. I wasn’t admitting that I had changed because basically all my friends and most of my family were pro-choice. But just listening to her and her courage…she gave me strength to start thinking more of that. And so by 2006, which was the first Vote Yes for Life campaign, was the first time I really stepped out and said, you know, I’ve changed. So that’s from 2001 to 2006. That’s five years of gradual, painful realization.
What a reminder that no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace. As we continue to advocate for unborn children, may we also pray for those working in the abortion industry, who desperately need to experience the love, truth, and forgiveness of Jesus.
And let me again encourage you to download for free my book Pro-Choice or Pro-Life: Examining 15 Pro-Choice Claims—What Do Facts & Common Sense Tell Us? It will equip you in your conversations and also is a great book to share with those who are prochoice or are on the fence. Someone could ask a friend or family member, “Would you be willing to read this and let me know what you think?” It would also be great for small groups—a leader could assign one or more chapter per week, and within a few months a group could receive a decent pro-life education.
The print version of the book is available from our ministry for a low cost. A single pro-life donor could purchase enough copies for their entire church at a very low price. Our ministry’s goal is just to get this life-saving message out there to readers!