A longtime manager at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic has crossed sides and says those still working inside deserve prayers to leave, too.
Sue Thayer worked at an Iowa abortion clinic in Storm Lake for more than 17 years but she starts a new job in December: director of outreach for 40 Days for Life, a pro-life campaign that targets clinics, and their staff, with round-the-clock prayers.
Planned Parenthood is heralded by abortion supporters, including ardent feminists, as a refuge for women. And that was Thayer's belief, too, when she began working there.
"But over the years that I worked for Planned Parenthood," she tells OneNewsNow, "it became more and more obvious to me that really they were all about abortion and how many they could do. We were given goals for number of abortions done, and we started doing what I felt was a really dangerous new procedure called webcam abortions."
The clinic manager became vocal about opposing the procedure and was fired.
Time passed but Thayer (pictured below) felt something must be done. That eventually led her to look closely at 40 Days of Life, which she was familiar with due to its vigils outside clinics. She also knew it was "despised" by abortion providers for doing so.
Thayer signed up online to participate in the closing days of a fall campaign, then told others what she had done.
"And that kind of began the whole process of coming together," she recalls, "as a pro-life community in front of Planned Parenthood."
The clinic in Storm Lake closed its doors in 2012.
Thayer tells OneNewsNow there are workers in the abortion industry being "nudged by God to get out," and outside the clinics there are pro-life activists praying.
"Sometimes folks who are outside praying look at the workers and think of them as the enemy, but they're really not," she insists. "They're folks just like you and me, and they're just working in a bad place."
It's often hard for those workers to find new employment with Planned Parenthood on their resumé, she adds.