Working in an abortion clinic, Dr. Kathi Aultman had no qualms about her job.
After she went on to become the director of a local Planned Parenthood clinic, Dr. Aultman even found it fascinating to examine the body parts of aborted babies.
“I was looking at it completely from a scientific standpoint, totally devoid of emotion,” Dr. Aultman states in an interview with CBN.
Dr. Aultman even performed abortions while she herself was pregnant. Her reasoning for doing so was that her baby was wanted, and the women she was operating on didn’t want theirs.
The only times when she considered the moral ramifications of her job was when she worked in the intensive care unit for newborns.
After birthing her first child, Dr. Aultman went through three cases that changed her viewpoint about abortion. The first involved a young woman who had three abortions, all performed by Dr. Aultman.
“I went to the clinic manager and said, ‘I don’t want to do this,’” Dr. Aultman continues. “She’s just using abortion as birth control.”
However, the manager promptly rejected her misgivings and sent Aultman back to perform the procedure.
The next scenario was with a woman coming in for an abortion. When asked whether she wanted to see the tissue, the patient snapped.
“I don’t want to look at it, I just want to kill it,” she shrieked at Dr. Aultman.
What has this baby ever done to you? Dr. Aultman thought to herself, but didn’t say aloud.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was a woman who previously had four children and couldn’t afford a fifth one.
“She cried the entire time,” Dr. Aultman says. “The hostility of the first two compared to the sorrow and devastation of the third woman made me understand that just because the child wasn’t wanted, it wasn’t justification for me to do the procedure.”
After attending a church service and meeting privately with the pastor, Dr. Aultman became a Christian.
“I was confused at first,” Dr. Aultman says. “I didn’t even believe that Jesus walked on Earth as a physical person.”
Through reading the book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell, Dr. Aultman realized that Jesus was a real person. She finally understood who Jesus was and committed her life to Him.
“Then He started the long, hard work of transforming me,” Dr. Aultman says.
Part of that transformation was to quit performing abortions.
Then for a long time afterward, she struggled with the guilt of what she had done. She saw herself as a mass murderer.
After talking with a Christian counselor, Dr. Aultman received healing for her soul and the peace that eluded her in the past.
“I had understood that He had forgiven me, and that I needed to forgive myself,” Dr. Aultman recalls. “That was when I knew that I had my healing.”
Aultman, now retired, has dedicated her life to fighting abortion.
“I don’t know if I can put it into words,” Dr. Aultman concludes. “I’m just thankful everyday that we have a Savior, that He does forgive us, and that He can take what we destroyed and restore it. I’m so thankful that He is using me to save babies now, when I used to kill them. And that’s healing and restorative in itself.”
Nazarii Baytler studies at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Santa Monica.