Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, speaks during the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco in 2011. Johnson will speak at the Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) Assembly for Life on Jan. 27 at Faneuil Hall in Boston. CNS photo/Jose Luis Aguirre, Catholic San Francisco
Members of the Pro-Life community often view abortion clinic employees as lepers, said Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director and pro-life activist. She said of those workers, "They are seen as people we can't touch, people we can't reach."
In June last year, Johnson changed that. She started And Then There Were None (ATTWN), an organization dedicated to helping those in the abortion industry to leave. So far, 42 men and women have been assisted -- one of them from Massachusetts.
Johnson will be speaking at the Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) Assembly for Life on Jan. 27 at Faneuil Hall in Boston.
ATTWN success stories include three abortion workers from a Houston clinic and five from a clinic in Atlanta, leaving just two clinic employees there. Johnson said that such an exodus "cripples" an abortion facility.
There are about 650 abortion clinics in the country, and Johnson estimates that there is an average of about five employees per facility. That would make about 3,300 abortion clinic employees in the United States. According to those figures, over one percent of abortion workers have reached out for help in the first six months of Johnson's ministry.
The assistance they receive ranges from emotional to financial support. They qualify for up to three months of financial assistance, help with finding another job, free legal counsel and a spiritual advisor of their choosing.