(CNSNews.com) – More than 6,000 people took part in a webcast on Monday to launch a program to help people who want to leave their jobs in the abortion industry.
The program is a new, nonprofit ministry, “And Then There Were None,” and is the brainchild of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who left her post in 2009 after witnessing a 13-week-old unborn baby die during an ultra-sound guided abortion.
Johnson wrote a book about the challenge of defecting from a powerful organization like Planned Parenthood, “Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Journey Across the Life Line.”
Now she wants to help others who have had a similar change of heart and fear repercussions from their former employer, like the failed attempt by Planned Parenthood to take legal action against Johnson.
“If you defect from our organization, if you betray us, if you leave us then this could be you sitting in a courtroom having to defend yourself,” Johnson said was the message Planned Parenthood was sending. “And for a lot of people, that’s very, very scary.”
The mission of “And then There Were None” is described as “No abortion clinic workers, no abortion clinics, no abortions.”
Since Johnson began working on the project four months ago, she has helped 17 people make the transition out of the abortion industry.
“All of them see the corruption inside the abortion industry,” Johnson said. “They don’t want to be a part of it anymore.”
These are men and women who, like Johnson, started working at a job they thought was helping women.
“They buy into the talking points and then at some point they realize they’re the ones that are hurting women,” she said.
Johnson describes the program as having four pillars of support: financial, legal, spiritual and emotional.
The first of the four is to provide three months of the salary the worker would earn if they had stayed on the job.
The legal help comes from the Alliance Defense Fund, which has agreed to help workers with any legal issues pro-bono.
And although Johnson said her program is not specifically a Christian organization, she believes spiritual help in invaluable when making a life change like this. She helps people connect with members of their faith for support.
And, finally, the emotional support that can come from networking with people who have gone through the same kind of experience is invaluable, Johnson said.
“We’ll be there for them, however much they need,” Johnson said.
The web site attracted 6,458 people who joined the webcast, “Exposing the Lie,” on Monday for a conversation with Johnson and two other former abortion workers about their journey from pro-abortion to pro-life.