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It's been a controversial topic on the KOAA Facebook page with thousands of comments. Three new billboards in Colorado Springs urging abortion clinic workers to leave their job.

The billboards were created by the Texas based group, 'And Then There Were None' read, "No one grows up wanting to work in an abortion clinic. We can get you out."

The founder of the group behind the signs says the locations are a strategic attempt to reach the most eyes.

"We're just kind of trying this out and seeing how it works," said Abby Johnson. She's behind the three billboards in Colorado Springs urging abortion clinic workers to quit their jobs.

"We have had people leave the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains affiliate before this," said Johnson, "It's a large affiliate so that was one of the reasons that we wanted to place billboards in that area."

Johnson spent eight years at a Planned Parenthood in Texas as a clinic director. Johnson left claiming there are abortion quotas, and began to disagree with procedures.

Her non-profit group helps clinic workers find a new job, gives financial assistance, legal assistance, emotional and spiritual support.

"You don't have to be pro-life," said Johnson, "You don't have to be religious, you don't have to check off certain boxes for us to help you leave the abortion industry you just have to want to get out."

Johnson says so far 380 people have quit their jobs and found help from the group since 2013.

She says ATTWN is not religion based, and that abortion clinics should be behind the idea.

"Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics should support as well because if you have someone working in your clinic who doesn't want to be then you should want them to get out and leave," said Johnson, "So we can help provide that transition for them and help find them employment and in a job they feel like they are more suited to be in."

The billboards are up in Dallas and Colorado Springs, it will be up through the beginning of October. 

Planned Parenthood released a statement that reads, "Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is proud of our dedicated staff who provide caring, high-quality healthcare to our patients every single day. Those committed employees are the reason we can say with confidence that our doors will remain open."

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