Skip to comments.Joan Appleton dies: Abortion nurse turned pro-life activist
Posted on 08/22/2012 7:39:03 PM PDT by Morgana
A former abortion worker whose conversion to the pro-life movement helped many in the abortion industry leave their deadly practice died Monday August 20.
Before her 1989 conversion, Joan Appleton worked as the head nurse at Commonwealth Womens Clinic in Washington, D.C., and was an active member of the radically pro-abortion National Organization for Women (NOW).
In a testimony about her conversion, Appleton described witnessing an ultrasound guided abortion and how the experience was instrumental in changing her mind on the issue.
I handled the ultrasound while the doctor performed the procedure and I directed him while I was watching the screen, she wrote. I saw the baby pull away. I saw the baby open his mouth. I had seen Silent Scream a number of times, but it didnt effect me. To me it was just more pro-life propaganda. But I couldnt deny what I saw on the screen. After that procedure I was shaking, literally, but managed to pull it together and continue on with the day.
Appleton was later to announce her departure from the pro-abortion movement in a dramatic fashion.
My way of getting out of NOW was that I was a guest speaker at a Virginia NOW dinner, she recalled in her testimony. I got up to the podium and I said, Folks, I cant do this anymore. There is something wrong here and I can no longer be a part of the abortion industry or a part of the pro-choice movement and so I can no longer be a part of NOW.
I was asked to leave immediately, she recalls.
Brian Gibson, the Executive Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries and long-time friend of Joan Appleton, recalled when he first met the former abortion nurse in 1989.
We were in the middle of leading operation-rescue type activities and working under extreme pro-life paranoia, recalled Gibson laughingly. Appleton was brought into Gibsons office and was introduced as a nurse who was still working inside an abortion center in DC and was involved in NOW.
I was on pins and needles so concerned that she was there to spy on us, he said. But in later conversation about their first meeting Appleton said, much to Gibsons relief, that she was was grateful for the warm welcome and did not detect any suspicion.
Appleton came to work at Pro-Life Action Ministries in January 1993. She held various positions with the ministry, the most significant of which was to create and lead the Society of Centurions of America. The Centurions was an outreach to former abortion workers focused on three areas of help: spiritual healing, psychological counseling and financial aid.
The Centurions program helped many leave the abortion industry at a time when few in the pro-life movement knew of such efforts and helped many former abortion workers come to proper terms with their prior work, said Gibson.
Appleton retired from Pro-Life Action Ministries in August 2002 yet continued to volunteer on a weekly basis. Gibson last encountered Appleton at the office a couple of weeks ago.
Her pro-life testimony shared before many, was a shocking glimpse of the inner workings of the abortion industry.
After her conversion to the pro-life position, said Gibson, Appleton returned to her Catholic roots and became a very faithful member of her church.
Thank you Jesus for this conversion. May many, many more follow. And may the soul of this lady be escorted by the Holy Angels into the light of His presence.
Wonderful story. No one is beyond His mercy. God rest her soul.
May God welcome her home after her repentance.
ChristyAnne Collins was instrumental in turning Joan Appleton from her abortion work.
Anyone who can see anything like that...I'm sure that doctors and nurses do at least during training...and still perform abortions have got to be psychopaths.Except for people like Miss Appleton that is.
If you haven’t already, go to the link & watch the video. It’s roughly two minutes. Towards the end, she talks about clinic workers who begin to be do consumed by abortion that it becomes their god. I work at a women’s hospital that does late term abortions - what she’s saying is absolutely 100% true. I know, personally, people who become so diabolically disoriented that they actually think they’re noble. It’s appalling to see.
That baby the size of your thumb was probably less than 12 weeks. I have a model of a 12 wk baby that someone gave me one morning while we were praying at Planned Parenthood. It’s way bigger than my thumb.