In Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back, Treviño recounts her time working at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sherman, Texas. Below, we talk about her experience and she shares her thoughts on the recent revelations about Planned Parenthood and the selling of fetal organs from late-term abortions. —? KJL
Kathryn Jean Lopez: What has been going through your head as you watch the news coverage of these undercover videos involving Planned Parenthood and the organs of children who are aborted?
Ramona Treviño: I have been watching with a wide range of emotions and thoughts. For one, I — like so many others I’m sure — have watched with a feeling of disgust and anger that we as a nation continue to support not only abortion, but an organization that continues to be exposed for its unethical and illegal practices. I often wonder, “Is this it? Is this the beginning of the end for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry?”
Although I have had feelings of disgust, I’m also overwhelmed with feelings of hope and optimism. My hope is that these new videos will continue to help change hearts and minds. That they will continue to force us to look deeper into our own conscience and approach the sanctity of the human person with stronger conviction. I pray fervently for the conversion of hearts and, ultimately, that our nation will find its way back to our loving God.
These videos not only expose Planned Parenthood for who they really are, but they help shed light on the gruesomeness of abortion. I’m extremely heartbroken, not only over the continued loss of life, but at the idea that only when babies are dead and their body parts are “sold” do they have any real value. Do these precious babies not have value before then? While still alive in the womb?
Lopez: What’s the hope you can give women who have had abortions now, who are perhaps horrified and greatly pained by what they are seeing now on the news about what abortion is and what Planned Parenthood does?
Treviño: I want them to know that there is redemption and hope for true and total healing. God is always waiting to take us back, and it’s not about the sins of yesterday, but what you do today. Having gone through this suffering, once healed, they have even more potential to help others, to speak out on their experiences, to encourage others to not step into this dark tunnel. So, because of what they’ve experienced, the potential to bring hope to others will be great. It is in bringing hope to others that they will find their hope.