Dear Abortion Clinic Workers: You’re Killing Babies and Your Soul, But There’s Hope

Opinion   |   Kristi Burton Brown   |   Sep 27, 2013   |   3:19PM   |   Washington, DC

Dear Worker in an Abortion Clinic,

You may be a nurse or a doctor. Maybe you’re a receptionist or a janitor. I don’t know exactly what your work in the abortion clinic is or what kind of service you provide to others who work in the clinic. I don’t know what you see or do every day. I don’t know what you dream about at night.

But I do know one thing – something you’ve no doubt heard before. Babies are being killed at your clinic. Helpless, innocent babies who have no say in their own deaths. Babies who have no way to help themselves. Babies who have done nothing wrong, nothing deserving of death.

And, little by little, your own soul is no doubt dying, too. Your spirit is being crushed. Your work is a heavy weight. It can’t be easy to be around so much death and blood, so many crying women and torn-apart babies. You see pain at your job every day, and I’m sorry. I doubt this is what you imagined yourself doing when you grew up.

Despite what you may have heard from other pro-lifers, people outside your clinic, or people in the grocery store – I don’t believe you’ve gone too far to make a change. No one is beyond starting a new life. You don’t need to keep participating in the deaths of babies. No matter what you’ve been told – or what you’ve told yourself – you’re not stuck there. You can do something else. You can break free.

You can become the hero, the helper, or just the ordinary person you dreamed of growing up to be. There are other jobs out there that can use your skills, your talents, and your heart to help the hurting, to give answers to women who need them, and to provide for your own family. And you don’t have to choose the deaths of innocent babies in the process.

I’m not going to use my space here to tell you what an abortion is – and how gruesome many of them are. You probably already know this. And if you don’t, you can read this, this, and thisstories from other people who’ve worked in abortion clinics. If you’ve never seen an abortion, you can watch one here, see pictures here, and read medical descriptions here. You can see ultrasound photos of babies at different ages, so you know what these babies look like and how human they truly are from the very beginning. You can read this paper to hear expert testimony on how abortion hurts the very women you’re trying to help. You can find out facts (or watch a video) about how an unborn child is a living, separate, unique human being from the moment her life begins and how her heart begins to beat at 22 days. If you don’t know the realities of abortion, you owe it to yourself to find out. Know what you’re a part of.

Surely, you saw, with horror and sadness, the stories of the abortion clinic in Philadelphia that was run by Kermit Gosnell. Many wondered how something so grotesque could be happening in America. But the abortion clinic in Philadelphia is not the only place where vulnerable, precious lives are being exterminated. These kinds of horrors are happening across our nation – even if some of them are happening in more sanitary conditions. The same lives are still being lost.

I encourage you, and plead with you, if you have seen such horrors – please report it to the newspapers and the police right now before more lives are lost. For the sake of these vulnerable, precious lives, please don’t wait any longer. These babies – and women – need you to stand up for them, they need you to bring to light the horrors you have seen so that innocent children and the women you want to help will never have to face such horrors again. You are in the perfect position to speak up for these children and women. I hope you will take this opportunity to do that.



Finally, what I want to use my last bit of space to do is to tell you that there is always hope and a way out. There are people who are already here to help you break free. And Then There Were None is an organization made just for you. It’s an organization started by a former abortion clinic manager who saw how abortion harmed women and killed innocent children. She witnessed an ultrasound of a baby during an abortion and was never the same again. She chose hope, life, and freedom. And she wants to help you do the same.

You can read more about And Then There Were None – and what they can do to help you – on their site. Take a look. Please. You owe yourself at least a chance. And Then There Were None gives you a chance to read a letter from Abby Johnson, the former clinic manager. She knows what it’s like on both sides. It gives you a chance to report anything troubling you’ve seen happening at your clinic. It gives you a chance to find another job, get financial support, emotional support, and legal support if you need it.

Take the chance – it will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

Thanks for reading.

With a hopeful heart,


LifeNews Note:  Kristi Burton Brown is a pro-life attorney, volunteering for Life Legal Defense Foundation and as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom. She is also a stay-at-home mom and an assistant editor for Live Action News. This column originally appeared at Live Action News and is reprinted with permission.