Shameful, probably illegal

Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director, pro-life activist, and founder of And Then There Were None, posted this on Facebook:

We just found out today that a former Planned Parenthood employee, who is now working with ATTWN, was fired from her new job today simply because “she used to work at Planned Parenthood.” We guess someone higher up found out about her former employer and didn’t want her there anymore. We are working with one of our attorneys on this situation. She was not given a good explanation except to say that it wasn’t her performance…just her past employment.
People often say to me, “I just don’t understand what makes it so difficult to leave the abortion industry. What’s the big deal? Why don’t they just quit?” This is why. There is a lot of discrimination against former abortion workers…even if they are now prolife. Please pray for this woman, as she is very upset about this and now looking for another job.
If you have any PERSONAL job leads in the St. Louis area, or if you own a business and can help, please email
I suppose it’s possible that the apparent discrimination is based on something more substantial than just spiritual snobbery.  If she had been, for instance, directly responsible for a PP clinic that was closed for health violations, or that has been charged with massive fraud, I could understand her new employer’s distress.
But maybe her former boss really is a pro-lifer who thinks that anyone who has ever been involved with abortion — whether as a mother, a family member, a medical worker, or anyone else — is unclean, untouchable, unforgivable.
If so, shame.  I know this attitude exists within the pro-life community, although I think it’s a small, noisy minority.  Most pro-lifers understand that “more joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth, than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance.”  (Luke 15:7)  We need people who understand the industry, who can give us first-hand information about how it operates.  And most of all, we need to be on the side of life, always, and that includes helping the abortion industry’s refugees find a way to make an ethical living.
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  • Kristen

    I know people who have laughed when I have told them about Abby’s ministry. People do not get that workers cannot always “just walk away.” And some pro-lifers are just as much to blame for that.

  • Christine~Soccer Mom

    What a shame. Lately I have been so saddened by the way some prolifers act: judgemental, unforgiving, hateful. It takes courage to walk away, first of all because you have to admit that what you’ve been doing is wrong. After that, there’s the fear that you’ll be shunned by prolifers. A big thumbs-up to the people who are helping to create that fear by justifying it! /sarc

    I think you’re right: it’s a small, vocal minority. But what a shame those people miss the true message we have to offer: one of love.

    • moseynon

      I agree that the problem is largely confined to a small, vocal minority. But our silence is their ally. When the rest of us put up with such judgmental acts and words, we enable these individuals to act as representatives of the rest of us.

      I don’t think the problem is unique to the pro-life movement. Several bloggers and online commenters have lamented the lack of support, even outright suspicion, from their parishes when they try to follow the Church’s teachings on homosexuality.

      I am not even sure that the problem is unique to religious persons. Secular organizations, particularly small ones with an activist focus, sometimes are riven by demands for “moral” purity. It happens in politics and it happens at animal shelters, and probably anyplace in which members strongly identify with the organizations goals or beliefs.

  • GinaRD

    Good thoughts. Thanks for sharing this.

  • JoAnna Wahlund

    Sadly, probably not illegal. I she’s in a right-to-work state, she can be fired for any reason, with very few exceptions (current employer does not like former employer is not an exception).

    It is a tragedy. We tell abortion workers to arop doing abortions, and then refuse to hire them when they follow our advice. (We = pro-lifers)

  • Claire

    I’m sorry to see that this small vocal minority in the pro-life movement has found another way to hurt the movement. I’m glad that Abby Johnson is advocating for people in this situation.