Star Parker on Having Four Abortions: 'I Got Caught Up in the Lies of the Left'

Melanie Arter | January 23, 2015 | 7:35pm EST
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Star Parker, president and founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education ( Starr)

( - Conservative nationally syndicated columnist Star Parker told pro-life activists at ProLifeCon at the Family Research Council headquarters on Thursday that she had used abortion as birth control and had four abortions, because she "got caught up in the lies of the Left."

"Prior to receiving Christ, I got caught up in the lies of the Left, including their lie about abortion, and I continued to go in and out of abortion clinic after clinic until it wasn't after the fourth time that I had a gut instinct way down deep inside that there must be something wrong with killing your offspring," Parker shared.

"Maybe the country didn't have it right. Maybe that, that I was hearing was not right," she thought, "and I then made a decision within myself outside of Christ that I just wasn't going to do that anymore."

"It was my birth control, and in that decision, I suppose it began the process for God to begin to work in my life," Parker said.

Parker was on welfare for seven years after getting pregnant again but eventually went from welfare recipient to conservative activist.

"I had not changed my behavior, so I was pregnant again within a very short period of time, and that's how I ended up in and out of welfare that you did hear in my bio - three and a half years consistently, because I did get pregnant again, not married, and watched my life over that next three and a half years go into a little dark whole," she said. "And that's where God found me, got me up, cleaned me up, got me into school."

Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a public policy think tank that promotes market-based solutions to fight poverty, said after graduating from college with a degree, she started a business, but the business was destroyed in the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the experience helped her transition into social activism and reform.

Parker's think tank looks at "market-based solutions to fight poverty."

"When it comes to protecting life, that's one of the first steps out of poverty is self-government, understanding that each and every one of us has an obligation to each other and to the Lord to be self-sufficient and to be responsible with the choices that we make," she said.

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