When an abortion clinic worker needs to get out of the industry, that person also usually needs support — financial support, counseling support, career support, spiritual support.
A ministry called And Then There Were None (ATTWN) is there for people in this position.
Founded in 2012 by former Planned Parenthood health center director Abby Johnson, ATTWN offers transitional assistance to former abortion clinic workers, explained Meagan Weber, personal assistant to Johnson and a member of Samaritan Ministries International, one of the leading health care sharing ministries in the nation.
“Our tagline is, ‘Nobody grows up wanting to work in the abortion industry,’” Weber said.
The ATTWN ministry is geared primarily to former clinic workers, as they’ve usually suffered the most trauma of anybody involved in the industry.
“We desire to get them out of the industry and into healing as soon as possible,” said Weber.
Help can come in the form of:
- transitional financial assistance, such as help with groceries and utility bills
- career assistance, including resume creation, job leads and interview coaching skills
- help from a Christian counselor
- help with substance abuse
- prayer, prayer, prayer
“We care about the whole person. We want people to reconnect with their walk with Christ,” said Weber.
“We know that through Jesus, everything else will fall into place. Clinic workers are just like you and me — they just sin differently than we do,” she also said. “It’s a spiritual issue and nobody’s beyond the redemption of Christ.”
None of the workers who are rescued from abortion clinics are likely to have experienced anything different than Abby Johnson did. She left her Texas clinic in 2009 after she assisted with an ultrasound-guided abortion.
“She watched in horror as a 13-week baby fought for, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist,” as the site abbyjohnson.org explained about Johnson’s experience.
After leaving Planned Parenthood, Johnson faced the wrath of both Planned Parenthood — and, strangely, pro-life Christians.
“I stumbled upon her Facebook page and saw people making terrible comments, so I felt the need to defend Abby against those criticizing who were her on social media,” said Weber.
Weber and Johnson formed an instant bond. Soon Weber found herself helping Johnson with details like shipping conference materials and resources; she also served as a travel buddy.
“I volunteered myself into a job,” Meagan Weber said. “I wasn’t looking for a job. I was a stay-at-home mom who was passionate about being involved in the pro-life cause.”
She is excited about being able to use her God-given talents to serve the pro-life movement. Weber also said it proves that kindness, such as what she showed Johnson on Facebook in those early days, always works best to reach those on all sides of this issue.
“You don’t have to know somebody to stand up for their dignity,” said Weber. “Nobody deserves death threats.”
That same approach of grace has allowed ATTWN to help seven abortion doctors and over 475 abortion workers — “anyone from a nurse to somebody who answers the phone” — to make the transition to working in pro-life medical centers.
When clinic workers first leave the industry, they often continue to hold pro-choice views, at least for a while, noted Weber — and they might be struggling with that. The emotional and spiritual baggage is also considerable. But ATTWN staff strive to be patient and grace-giving.
And Then There Were None also works with several other pro-life ministries. Its association with Sidewalk Advocates for Life, in particular, is close, since that ministry refers so many former abortion workers to ATTWN.
Meagan Weber and her husband, Kyle, moved to the Austin, Texas, area “on faith,” she said, so that she could work full time with the ministry. The Webers and their four children even lived with Abby Johnson and her husband for four months until Kyle Weber was able to find a new job and they were able to secure their own housing.
“It’s a ministry of service. I serve God through this ministry.”
To this day, Meagan Weber’s work as an assistant to Abby Johnson includes various administrative tasks to “lighten her load so she can do the more important work.” Weber is also the coordinator for healing retreats and representation at conferences, and she directly works with clients “who have been out of the industry for quite some time and [still] need healing resources.”
Weber also made a brief cameo appearance in the recently released movie “Unplanned,” based on Johnson’s book about her involvement and exit from Planned Parenthood.
“I look at what I do in this ministry as a ministry of service,” said Weber. “I serve God through this ministry.”
Michael Miller is a senior communications specialist with Samaritan Ministries International, one of the leading health care sharing ministries in the country. More than 82,000 member households — 270,000 individuals — directly send monthly financial shares person-to-person. They also send notes of encouragement and pray for each other. Learn more at www.SamaritanMinistries.org.
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