Headed to the big screen this March is the story of a former Planned Parenthood director who became pro-life after realizing that the abortion industry does not really care about women.
But Abby Johnson’s now famous story, as told in the upcoming film “Unplanned,” is just one of many.
Annette Lancaster recently opened up about her “dehumanizing” experience working for the largest abortion chain in America and her decision to quit.
Lancaster began working for a Planned Parenthood in North Carolina after she lost her job at a local medical facility. She believes the emotional turmoil of the abortion work drove her to alcoholism and caused family troubles.
“It was a mental, spiritual battle working in the abortion industry,” Lancaster said.
As a health center manager, her duties included scheduling, hiring and training, maintaining compliance with state laws and taking inventory. It also meant helping with ultrasounds during abortions.
“You go from things that you would never, ever do, things that you had vowed to yourself and to friends and family that you would never do, to being taught, slowly but surely … this legal, so this is ok,” she remembered.
Lancaster said the work hours were demanding, and the job was intensely emotional. She said she began to drink heavily and become dependent on alcohol to work.
“Planned Parenthood scripts their patients emotions, we controlled them,” Lancaster said. “We told them how they were going to feel and we were so good at it that we believed it too. In all, we dehumanized the patients through dictating their emotions, we dehumanized the act of the abortion procedure through carefully scripted word selections and as a result we dehumanized ourselves by being a part of their for profit organization.
“They are not a charity for low income women as they claim to be, that is just one more of their lies. All we did was work and drink,” she added.
After one patient’s abortion, she decided that she could not continue. Lancaster said the woman looked up at her and asked if God would forgive her for what she was doing – an experience that still haunts her to this day.
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She found And Then There Were None, an outreach that Johnson established to help abortion workers quit.
“They are still helping me to this day,” Lancaster said. “They helped me find new employment. They helped me on my spiritual journey.”
Lancaster said she chose to be a public voice for And Then There Were None because she knows there are people like her and Johnson who think they are stuck in an abortion job and cannot get out. Just as she was loved and supported by those who helped her leave, she said she wants to help others so they can do the same.
Recently, Johnson said her organization has helped nearly 500 workers quit their abortion jobs.
Johnson’s story will be told across the nation in the new movie, “Unplanned.” At least 1,000 theaters are slated to screen the film starting March 29. The film is rated “R” but a group of conservative leaders are contesting the rating.
Visit UnplannedFilm.com for more details.