Dr. Beverly McMillian thought she was helping women when she began doing abortions in Mississippi after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade.
But after looking at a tiny aborted baby’s arms one day and thinking of her own son, McMillian realized she was wrong.
In a new column at the Daily Wire, the Mississippi OB-GYN explained why she stopped aborting unborn babies and became pro-life. Now, her mission is to help others understand the truth about abortion.
“I knew since high school that I wanted to go into medicine. I wanted to help and heal people,” she began.
During a medical externship at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, McMillian thought she found one way to do that: abortions. Working in the infected obstetrics ward, she said her job was to treat women who had come to the emergency room suffering from botched abortions.
I would stabilize them, start IVs, give blood, and administer antibiotics. The next morning, I took them to a treatment room to do a Suction D&C (dilation and curettage), to scrape out whatever tissue the abortionist had left inside. At that time, I became outraged. That’s when I decided to try to help women by offering safe abortions. What I didn’t realize at that time was that abortions are never safe for the woman or her child.
McMillian moved to Mississippi in 1975 and soon began working for the first abortion facility in the state, Family Health Services in Jackson.
About a year later, however, she said her life began to fall apart. Her marriage was struggling, she suffered from depression, and she began thinking about committing suicide. Then, while looking for answers, she said she found Christ.
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Her conversion to Christianity did not immediately prompt her to stop aborting unborn babies, though. McMillian said she continued working at the abortion facility for two more years while wrestling with the feeling that something wasn’t right.
One day, after looking at an aborted baby’s body, McMillian said everything changed.
She wrote at the Daily Wire:
The last abortion I ever did was a 12-week suction D&C. After this type of procedure, I would have my patient remain on the table while I took the cloth trap from the suction bottle to the sink. That’s where I would pick through the parts that I had suctioned out – two arms, two legs, etc. This was to ensure I had successfully completed the abortion. That particular day, one of the workers asked if she could join me at the sink so she could learn more about the procedure.
When I showed her, this terrible sadness came over me. For the first time, I saw a little boy. At 12 weeks old, we could see his perfectly formed little arm and tiny bicep. At that moment, I had a flashback; I could imagine my own son in my mind, with the same little arm, flexing his bicep, smiling at me.
The image struck her as she realized that “five minutes ago, this was a perfectly beautiful little boy.”
McMillian resigned and soon committed her life to ending abortion. Today, along with her OB-GYN practice, she also shares her story across the country, hoping to change people’s hearts and minds about babies in the womb.
Recently, she participated in a new Live Action project to educate people about how abortion procedures work.
“Recognizing the humanity of the preborn child is what ultimately got me out of this awful industry,” she said. “I knew it, but I never truly saw it, until it just clicked. I saw that little boy, who could have grown up to be just like my beautiful son.”