Meet Veronika Johannsen
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Name: Veronika Johannsen
Previous/Current Occupation: Student at Texas A&M University
Church: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, College Station and Holy Family, Victoria, TX
Major and classification: Junior Political Science major, philosophy minor
Any passions/interests?: Besides staying busy with school and pro-life activities, I enjoy being around animals. I have a horse named Chance and a dog named Lady. After studying abroad, I have been very interested in travelling; I literally want to see the whole world. I am very interested in learning more about my faith enjoy staying involved at my church.
How did you become a volunteer/why are you involved?
I became a volunteer because if I wasn’t going to take action, who would? For me, being pro-life is more than just a check-mark next to a word that represents common ideology I share; it is a call to serve others and spread God’s love and hope to people who need it most. I was at a retreat at St. Mary’s the first week of school my freshman year called Welcome Weekend where I saw a bumper sticker that said “Real Aggies Choose Life.” I loved it! I took a 40 Days for Life wristband and put my name down to receive email updates. When the fall campaign started, I went out to my prayer hour on a Friday night from 8-9. We don’t have an abortion clinic in my hometown of Victoria, Texas, so that was my first time to ever stand at the front-lines of the reality of abortion. That fall, Abby Johnson who was at the time the regional director of Planned Parenthood, had a major conversion and left the industry. She is now a major pro-life advocate and someone I am blessed to call my friend. I like to feel that my prayers were a very small part of her conversion, and I continue to pray for the other workers in that building. Prayer works! But we need people to pray. We need them to stand in front of abortion clinics, offering alternative resources to women who truly feel they have no other choice. That is why I keep coming back.
Why you are pro life (is there a story here?): The first time I ever became aware of the pro-life cause was when I was about 10 years old. I went on a candlelight march for life with my mom where we processed down the streets of Old Victoria at night. As I continued learning more about it, I couldn’t believe that this was a reality of our society. I felt compelled to take a stand and fight. I would engage in dialogue with my peers about abortion, try to get my high school teachers to allow us to discuss it, and tried to inform myself as much as possible on the issue. I never had a big “Aha!” moment that suddenly struck me for why I was pro-life; it has been a gradual growth as I learn more and more about the truth behind it. Now as I am working on completing my degree at Texas A&M, I am discerning what would be best to make my convictions become a career. I would love to be a pro-life attorney or find some other occupation that will demand respect for all human life in our legal system. I want to be a part of the generation that overturns Roe v. Wade, and not only make abortion illegal, but unthinkable.