Former Gosnell worker contacts pro-life ministry: is rediscovering Christ, wants to share story
July 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of the former employees at Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic has contacted a pro-life ministry dedicated to helping abortion workers leave the industry and find healing.
The founder of the ministry, Abby Johnson, who was herself the former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic before her pro-life conversion, announced the news in an e-mail to supporters this morning.
“For many months, we have been praying for Kermit Gosnell and all of the men and women who worked in his facility,” Johnson said. "We prayed for them by name. We reached out to them many times. We had not received any response...until last week.”
Johnson said her group isn’t giving personal information at this time, but said the employee in question is becoming pro-life and finding Christ, and asked pro-life activists to pray for her.
“We know that her road to healing will be a long one,” she said. “Many in the pro-life movement will reject her because of her work in Gosnell's clinic. But we are certain that God is thrilled that one of His children has come back to Him...and we know all of you are, too!”
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Johnson said that when the unnamed woman first contacted her, she said, "When the police came to arrest me, I was filled with a peace that I had never experienced before. I knew that it was over. I knew that I no longer had to work with that man ever again. I knew I would finally be free."
“We are asking that you pray for this woman,” concluded Johnson. “Please pray for her family. She is eager to share her story with the pro-life community...and I can tell you that it is a beautiful story of redemption."
Kermit Gosnell was found guilty in May of three counts of first-degree murdering for "snipping" the spinal cords of babies born alive. Many of his employees were charged along with him with a variety of crimes, including murder. Some of them testified against their former employer during the trial, paving the way for the guilty verdict.
Employees had previously told the grand jury that investigated the case that "hundreds" of babies were born alive and then killed at Gosnell's clinic.
Johnson's ministry has helped dozens of abortion workers leave the industry since its founding in 2012, some of whom have gone on to share their stories and become pro-life activists. Her ministry, And Then There Were None (ATTWN), provides emotional, spiritual, legal, and financial support to former clinic workers. In May the group ran their first ever Leave the Aboriton Industry Day, which led to five abortion workers contacting the ministry and leaving their jobs.
As well, in May, ATTWN ran their first healing retreat, which was attended by five former workers, and which was led by Father Frank Pavone and Father Terry Gensemer.