Carol Everett walked away from the industry after falling to her knees in prayer at her clinic
By Agnieszka Krawczynski
The B.C. Catholic
Caption: Carol Everett (centre) chats with Advokate executive director Jared White (right) and Hope for Women's Elizabeth Sutcliffe after the Nov. 17 fundraiser. Agnieszka Krawczynski / The B.C. Catholic.
A woman who managed two Texas abortion clinics and oversaw 35,000 abortions is now a vocal activist against the industry.
"I was the hammer. When they couldn't sell a girl an abortion, they brought her to me. I scared that girl to death, we pushed her through, and got her money," said Carol Everett.
"I wanted to be a millionaire, and the way for me to be a millionaire was to sell 40,000 abortions a year."
Everett was a mother of two when she first got involved in abortion. She told her story at a sold-out fundraiser for Advokate Life and Education Services Nov. 17 at St. Nicholas Parish in Langley.
"I was married. Our third child was not convenient, so I had an abortion. My very first thought was: I'm a murderer."
Everett became depressed and was too ashamed to tell her mother or friends. She sought comfort from her husband, who she'd married at age 16 after becoming unexpectedly pregnant with their first child.
"He actually said we had made the best choice we could," she said. "I hated him. I was so mad at him. I wanted him to hurt as I hurt, as our baby hurt."
In her anger, she had an affair and began abusing her daughter physically and mentally, "not understanding it was because she was the same sex as the child whose life I took by abortion."
She began drinking, sought a divorce, and tried to find a way to cope with the pain. Then Everett got a job at an abortion clinic. "Each time I sold another woman an abortion, in some very sick, twisted way, if she was okay, maybe I was okay."
She became the manager of two clinics and doubled their incomes. "I worked on straight commission: $25 for each abortion," and her clinic was set up so an abortionist could perform as many as 12 procedures an hour.
"Our goal was 3-5 abortions between the ages of 13 and 18 for every young woman."
The money drove Everett. She hoped to open three more clinics in Texas; each would pay for itself within the first month, and the rest would be profit.
Then a business counsellor was hired to handle some internal office disputes. He had four meetings with Everett, and on the second, she found out he was a pastor. That conversation would come to change her life.
"I told him: 'I am a Christian. I have a Bible in the top right-hand drawer of my desk in that abortion clinic. I pray every day.' I didn't tell him I prayed none of those women would die and I prayed there would be a lot of abortions today," she said.
"When I told him I tithed on all that money, and he wasn't impressed, I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I was in trouble."
The pastor told her his deacons had been praying for staff in the clinic and believed there was a person God wanted out. He invited her to pray with him.
Everett complied just to please him and returned to the clinic, "but something happened."
The woman who'd been selling abortion for years began telling young women in her clinic: "You don't have to have an abortion. Your parents will not kill you. Your parents love you. They may be disappointed, but they're going to stick with you. Would you like for me to go home and help you talk to your parents?"
Hours later, she fell to her knees in the clinic and prayed in earnest: "Lord, if there is a Lord, if this is not where You want me, hit me over the head with a 2 by 4."
God's response, she said, was swift. A CBS affiliate in Dallas had reporters who were not pregnant wired up and sent undercover to her clinics.
"They caught us red-handed and documented step by step how we sold abortions to women who were not pregnant," she said. "I didn't want to be in that clinic while they did one more abortion."
She left, angry and hurting, and sought help from the pastor and his congregation.
"I was involved in the murder of 35,000 babies, the death of one woman, the maiming of 19 other women, and the sin I did not think I could be forgiven: taking the life of my own child through abortion."
She came to accept that God could forgive her greatest sin and named her third child Heidi. Now she is a vocal opponent of abortion and advocate for responsible sexual education for young people.
"That's why it's so important for Advokate to be in the schools: to tell these children the truth and save them the pain of taking the life of their own child," she said.
The event raised $60,000 to support Advokate. Executive director Jared White plans to use some funds to bring Sexual Health and Intimacy For Teens to schools.
"This program will work with the current B.C. learning outcomes on the topic of healthy relationships to give teachers a presentation from a life-affirming view."
Students will learn about prenatal development, healthy sexuality, abstinence, and learn that if they are pregnant, they have options other than abortion, like adoption or getting help at Advokate's two pregnancy centres.
The organization also has plans to use the funds to create a mini-documentary about adoption and promote its newest pregnancy centre in Langley, Hope for Women, which opened Sept. 17.