ABBY JOHNSON – FOUNDER
Deirdre Cooper – Deirdre is the Public Policy Assistant with Texas Alliance for Life. Texas Alliance for Life is a nonprofit organization of people committed to protecting the fundamental right to life of all innocent human beings and to promoting respect for their value and dignity from the moment of conception until natural death.
David Bereit – David became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998. He helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people together and dramatically reduced abortions in the region. David led the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas. After 40 Days for Life took off as an international campaign, David and his family moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2005. He now works as the National Director of the 40 Days for Life campaign.
Jeanneane Maxon - Jeanneane is Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United for Life. As the daughter of a fourteen-year executive director of a Care Net center in Amarillo, Texas, Jeanneane has been involved in the pro-life movement since age seven. Prior to joining AUL, Jeanneane served as General Counsel of Care Net, a national pro-life pregnancy center network.
Jenifer Bowen – Jenifer is the Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life. Since being the director, she has worked tirelessly to help institute pro-life legislation and lobbies for pro-life bills. She is a long time crisis pregnancy counselor and has spent much time volunteering at pregnancy resource centers.
I have chosen to become involved in this outreach ministry because I am not only pro-life for the unborn. I care about all people impacted by abortion, including the clinic workers. I respect every human person’s life and their dignity, and desire to reach out to them with kindness and compassion, regardless of their pasts. One can never fully understand what drew someone into working in an abortion clinic, but when that time comes that their hearts are touched and they can no longer work in such a clinic, we must be there to reach out, to assist them and their families in any way we possibly can- emotionally, spiritually, financially- and help them and their families transition into a new life when they are ready.
Since I left the abortion industry in 2009, I have known that my calling was to work with current and former abortion clinic workers. I know the deception of the abortion industry too well. I started working at Planned Parenthood in 2001 and progressed to the position of Health Center Director. In the last year of my employment, many things began to disturb me…the increase in our abortion quota, our new desire to expand late term abortion services, and in the end, watching a 13 week old child in the womb struggle for his life during an abortion procedure. When I left, I was fortunate to have a pro-life group to turn to for help. I realize not everyone has this. That is why this ministry now exists. I never want a lack of money or fear of acceptance to be a reason that someone stays in the abortion industry. We often say that women deserve better than abortion…clinic workers deserve better, too.