LOPEZ: How did And Then There Were None help you? Why is its work important?
EDGE: In my years at this facility I had been approached by the people praying outside and I would ignore them. Then one day in 2011 I saw a young man dressed in a suit. He had a small pendant on his jacket that signified life. He would park his SUV on the side of the road and pray at the gates of the facility. I thought to myself, “WOW what dedication to God.” One day, I decided to see what he would say to me. That was the day I learned of Abby Johnson and her organization And Then There Were None. He didn’t have her contact information on him at the time so he gave me his email and told me that he would get it for me. He begged me to leave the industry and assured me that Abby would help me. I remember thinking that it all sounded ridiculous. Who would want to help me? I was their enemy, right?
Some time passed and on April 16th, 2012, I was terminated for confronting Karpen about some illegal activity that was taking place. Looking back, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. During the next few months I was desperately trying to think of different things to report about Karpen. I decided to contact Operation Rescue. One of their employees told me to write up my allegations and send them to the Texas Medical Board. So I did. I filled out the TMB forms and waited. And waited. After several months, I received a response stating that they were not going to pursue an investigation. I felt very defeated. I felt like all of my time there had been for nothing. These babies were not going to get the justice they deserved and Karpen would continue practicing medicine in a way that harmed women.
I didn’t know if anyone could help me further, but I decided to call Abby. I was sure they weren’t really interested in helping someone like me, but I didn’t have anything to lose. The first time I spoke to her, it seemed unreal. That guy who prayed outside our clinic had actually been right. Abby assured me that they were going to take care of me and my needs — physical, spiritual, and emotional. My heart felt full of life once again. I felt a huge burden had been taken off me. It made me feel good that someone else knew exactly what I was feeling. I wasn’t alone. I was so impressed with the way Abby and her ministry focused on my needs. She would always assure me that everything was going to be all right. Since then, ATTWN has supported me in all of my decisions. They have helped me through a rough spot with my finances and have always made sure that I could put my family first. Anything they promised to do, they delivered. I have always felt protected with them and I know that they are always looking out for me and my family. I don’t know what would have become of me had they not stepped in.
LOPEZ: Why did you feel like you needed “forgiveness and healing”?
EDGE: To say I needed forgiveness was a no-brainer. I was raised to believe in God to understand His laws. I know that I am His child. He died for me and I owe it to Him to seek repentance and ask for forgiveness. I am not worthy of His love, but He has always been beside me, even when I was turning my back on Him. I carried that sin for years. I knew that I needed to repent. I was so lost and in denial for many years. I have asked God for my soul to be freed from my past sin. I have also made a commitment to fight for the lives of the unborn. I am in His hands now and know that I am a new creation in Him. The healing process will be long. I know that I must be strong in His will in order to overcome my past. But God has assembled an amazing support team for me through ATTWN. Honestly, Abby and her team have a difficult mission ahead of them. We need to make sure the employees of these facilities know that there is a safe place waiting for them and that they are not trapped. I am a witness to that love and care that ATTWN has given me and many others.