MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A pastor’s wife who works as an exit counselor at an abortion facility in the Bible Belt is defending her employment at the location, stating that she believes that women have a right to an abortion and that “God is a forgiving God.”
“I feel that we have all sinned. None of us are perfect. No sin is greater than any sin,” Callie Chatman, wife of Louis Chatman of New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery, told the Christian Post this weekend following an initial report by Christian News Network. “That’s her right to make that decision because that’s her body.”
As previously reported, David Day, Sr., a Mission Service Corps (MSC) missionary with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), told Christian News Network on Friday that Chatman has worked at Reproductive Health Services for years, along with her son Jerome, who is employed as a security guard at the location. He said that he first had been informed of her employment two to three years ago when he began preaching the gospel to women outside the facility.
“I was stunned that there is actually a pastor’s wife that works there,” Day said.
But then, he met Chatman and spoke with her.
“I’ve spoken to her one-on-one, and she tells me that women know what they’re doing—they know what [abortion] is—but she says that there’s no sin greater [than God’s forgiveness], that we’re not to judge and that God forgives,” he outlined. “It’s always the same thing: We’re not to judge and God forgives. There’s none of us without sin, is what she says.”
But Day believes that Chatman’s logic is faulty in believing that one should commit sin just because you can ask for forgiveness later.
“I love my wife. I don’t go cheat on her because she’ll forgive me,” he said.
Day said that he has advised Chatman that she should be turning women away from abortion, not simply consoling them after-the-fact.
“We told her, ‘You need to tell these women that God’s word says that you shall not kill innocent children, [and that] He hates the hands that shed innocent blood,’” he explained. “[Tell them,] ‘You shouldn’t do it.’”
Day said that he believes Chatman’s husband, a pastor, drove her to work this past Wednesday. He captured her on camera being dropped off at the abortion facility in a Mercedes Benz and later posted it to Facebook to share his concern.
“Sadly, this is a Montgomery pastor dropping off his wife who works at the abortuary,” he wrote. “Pray for her soul and the sheep of this pastor.”
On Sunday, Chatman confirmed to reporters that she indeed works at Reproductive Health Services, making similar statements to what she had told Day. The facility additionally noted that the pastor’s wife “comes in one day a week when we have procedures (abortions).”
“I’m not there to judge anybody,” she said. “I’m there to let them know that God is a forgiving God and that He will forgive them of their sin, just like He forgives us every day for sin.”
Chatman said that those who take issue with her employment at the facility shouldn’t speak against her work until they themselves become perfect.
“You know what? The activists need to get their lives together,” she stated. “When they become sin-free, then you call me back.”
Chatman also advised that her husband has “no objections” to her work.
The pastor’s wife was featured in a 2014 Esquire article, which centered on Willie Parker, a professing Christian abortionist in Mississippi.