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And Then There Were None

July 12, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

No, it isn't about an Agatha Christie spy novel. It's a new and exciting opportunity for a new life. It began when a friend of mine was working at Planned Parenthood. She truly believed that she was helping women make the best choices for their lives. She thought that a legal abortion was much better than an illegal one. She also thought that PP really believed in reducing unintended pregnancies, hence reducing abortions. She was a true advocate of "choice" and even received PP Employee of the Year. She remembers many of the women she helped. You know what else she remembers?

She remembers a day watching a 13-week old fetus fight for its life during an abortion procedure, looking at the bodies of aborted babies while accounting for their arms, legs and heads, determining if the baby was a boy or girl.

How did she justify her work for so long? How are PP workers doing it? She tried to really believe that she was doing the right thing the right thing for those women. But what about those babies? What about those lives that she was a part of terminating? Didn't they matter? Was it really ALL about the woman and her rights?

She has learned now that it is NOT just about women. Abortion affects many people.

It affects you as a clinic worker. You are witnessing things that are permanently damaging your mind. You are saying things to yourself and others that you will never be able to get out of your head. You will dream about the work you are doing and what you have seen. It will not go away not until you receive real healing. Healing can happen, but it won't until you take that first step and leave. I know it is scary. I know you may feel secure there. You may be a single mother, or you may depend on the insurance benefit. Whatever your reason is, there is something better. You have to trust in yourself and know that you are better than the work you are doing now.

NO ONE GROWS UP WANTING TO HAVE AN ABORTION. NO ONE GROWS UP WANTING TO WORK AT AN ABORTION CLINIC. Follow your real potential. Let us help. Let my friend help - Abby Johnson, founder of ATTWN (And Then There Were None).

Nancy Belzile




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