Co-authored with Kirsten Andersen
November 26, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Former Planned Parenthood clinic manager Abby Johnson has some good news to share: her pro-life organization is currently helping five abortion workers from the same clinic in Atlanta to leave the abortion industry.
“God is up to something BIG in Atlanta!” said Johnson in an update to supporters of her charity, And Then There Were None (ATTWN). ATTWN was founded by Johnson to help former abortion workers such as herself transition out of the abortion business. Johnson said that three of the five abortion workers in the Atlanta clinic have already found new employment, and that the abortion clinic is down to just two workers.
“We are praying for the closing of this clinic!” she said.
But that’s not all. Johnson says that “as of this email, our ministry has helped THIRTY-EIGHT workers leave the abortion industry!”
That includes three workers from another abortion clinic in Houston. Johnson recounts how “when a worker came to us from a late term abortion clinic in Houston, we were thrilled! But when she was able to reach out to two workers who were still inside the clinic…and then was able to pull them out with our ministry’s help…we were beside ourselves!”
Johnson said that all three of these abortion workers are single mothers, and ATTWN is now helping them financially while they secure new employment. “If you know of any jobs available in the West Houston area, please let us know!” she said.
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Johnson also shared another story illustrating how difficult it can be for some of these former abortion workers to leave their jobs. One woman who left her position at an abortion clinic in Pennsylvania has been out of work for several months, and has child support issues. Last week she was in court.
“When the judge asked her why she left her previous employer, she explained that she had a change of heart on abortion and could no longer work at an abortion clinic,” recounts Johnson. “The judge actually told her that she needed to ‘get over it’ and go back to work there since she made so much money while she was there.”
Fortunately the woman held strong and told the judge “that she would NEVER go back to work in a place that took the lives of children.”
Another woman in Michigan who left her job at an abortion clinic just found out that she is pregnant and that it is a high-risk pregnancy. Johnson asked supporters for prayers, and for help in securing full time work for her.
Johnson started ATTWN in 2009 after leaving her job as a Planned Parenthood clinic director.
She says she left the abortion industry after eight years because she became disturbed by the increasing numbers of abortions and an expansion of her clinic’s work to include late-term procedures. In the end, she says, watching a 13-week-old child in the womb struggle for his life during an abortion was the last straw. She left and decided to devote her life to helping others leave, too.
Johnson says leaving abortion work can be difficult. Abortion workers are typically highly paid, offering rare financial security in the often-financially depressed locations in which they operate. It isn’t always easy to find a replacement job, particularly in an economic recession. Leaving the clinic often means leaving a support network behind. Johnson hopes to change that. “When I left, I was fortunate to have a pro-life group to turn to for help,” she says. “I realize not everyone has this.”
That, she says, is the reason she started ATTWN. “I never want a lack of money or fear of acceptance to be a reason that someone stays in the abortion industry.”
ATTWN helps abortion workers wishing to escape the industry to find new employment. During the transition, the group provides financial, legal and spiritual assistance – up to three months of monetary aid, along with access to spiritual direction and free legal counsel. The group operates all over the country.