Alaska Right to Life is hosting a former Planned Parenthood clinic director for four nights as part of their annual Fall Banquet series.
Pro-life activist Abby Johnson will speak at Kenai New Life Church Oct. 6, Anchorage City Church Oct. 7, and Farm Loop Christian Center in Palmer Oct. 8. The banquets run from 7-9 p.m. and are free to attend. Johnson is the founder of “And Then There Were None,” a non-profit that helps abortion clinic workers leave the industry.
“Abby’s role in the pro-life movement is critical,” Alaska Right to Life Outreach and Development Coordinator Patrick Martin said. “Her history, and her story, and her leadership are fundamental to bringing an end to child-killing in Alaska. It’s very important that people hear her story and learn what she is doing right now to bring an end to abortions.”
It’s a story that begins in Bryan, Texas where Johnson worked at a Planned Parenthood branch. In her eight years with Planned Parenthood, she proved to be a model employee, and was named ‘Employee of the Year’ in 2008. Outside of work, she embodied the values of her Baptist upbringing — charitable, compassionate and faithful.
But one day, with the imagery of a recent ultra-sound guided abortion still fresh on her mind, she did the unthinkable, seek out her enemy. Johnson described the incident on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).
“We were in the middle of a 40 Days for Life campaign — which I hated,” she recalled. “I’m looking out the window and there are these two women praying, and I recognized them, they were there every Monday. I felt God was telling me, ‘Go to them, they’ve always said they would help you.’ And I thought, ‘No, that’s not who I want to go to, give me someone else.’”
But God didn’t, and Johnson went next-door to a pro-life office with three words on her lips: “I’ve been wrong.”
In the years since, Johnson has plunged herself into the pro-life movement, primarily through her work with the group, And Then There Were None (ATTWN), a nonprofit that exists to help abortion clinic workers leave the industry.
“Some people say, ‘Abby, why can’t they just leave? It seems silly — you don’t like your job — you leave.’ But it’s not that easy. Having the abortion industry on your resume is a big black mark,” Johnson told EWTN.
In addition to tarnished resumes, most abortion workers wishing to leave face strong backlash from their employer. ATTWN incentivizes clinic workers to move on anyway by providing financial, legal and emotional support. The non-profit has played a role in helping more than 200 women leave the industry.
For information about Abby Johnson’s upcoming talks in Alaska, contact Haylee Kurka at (907) 276-1912 or visit alaskarighttolife.org.