Monday, November 2, 2009

Planned Parenthood Director Becomes Pro-Life

(HT: K-Lo at NRO)

From the website (Bryan / College Station, Texas):
Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until last month, when Abby resigned. Johnson said she realized she wanted to leave, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.

"I just thought I can't do this anymore, and it was just like a flash that hit me and I thought that's it," said Jonhson.

She handed in her resignation October 6. Johnson worked as the Bryan Planned Parenthood Director for two years.

According to Johnson, the non-profit was struggling under the weight of a tough economy, and changing it's business model from one that pushed prevention, to one that focused on abortion.

"It seemed like maybe that's not what a lot of people were believing any more because that's not where the money was. The money wasn't in family planning, the money wasn't in prevention, the money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that," said Johnson.

Johnson said she was told to bring in more women who wanted abortions, something the Episcopalian church goer recently became convicted about.

"I feel so pure in heart (since leaving). I don't have this guilt, I don't have this burden on me anymore that's how I know this conversion was a spiritual conversion."

Johnson now supports the Coalition For Life, the pro-life group with a building down the street from Planned Parenthood. Coalition volunteers can regularly be seen praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. Johnson has been meeting with the coalition's executive director, Shawn Carney, and has prayed with volunteers outside Planned Parenthood.

On Friday both Johnson and the Coalition For Life were issued temporary restraining orders filed by Planned Parenthood.

Rochelle Tafolla, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson issued the following statement: "We regret being forced to turn to the courts to protect the safety and confidentiality of our clients and staff, however, in this instance it is absolutely necessary."

The temporary restraining order contends that Planned Parenthood would be irreparably harmed by the disclosure of certain information, but does not bar Johnson or Coalition For Life volunteers from the premises.

As of Sunday evening, neither Johnson nor Carney had seen the complaint filed against them that prompted the restraining order.

A hearing about the order has been set for November 10.

1 comment:

Lee H said...

I wanted to share a story about my friend, Terri, who volunteers at a pro-life clinic named "Her Choice." Today, she was feeling like she just had too many demands on her life and was wondering whether could continue volunteering at “Her Choice.”

In the clinic, today, Terri was handed a few files of previous clients and asked to make some follow-up phone calls to them. One of the files was of a woman she would never forget because she was lovely, a young, very pretty African-American college student and her boyfriend. They had come in 6 months ago, thinking they were in an abortion clinic. They were confident, very sure, they wanted an abortion, and the girl asked very matter-of-factly, “how much is an abortion?” Terri and another volunteer felt such a pressure at that moment to say the right thing. The other volunteer was so nervous about the implications of the situation that she experienced her usual unique response to stress—her neck turned bright, beet red the entire time they were with the couple. The two volunteers tried to influence the girl and boy to have the baby and offered to do an ultrasound. The young man wasn’t interested at all. The girl gradually said, “You mean can do an ultrasound right now?” And so the girl finally agreed, and she and her boyfriend watched the ultrasound of her baby and left. Three days later, they came in again and said they and talked a whole lot for three whole days and had decided to have the baby.

Now, today, 6 months later, Terri phoned the girl, left a voice mail on her cell phone, saying, "Hi, this is Terri, and I work at “Her Choice” and I remember you so very well. Please give me a call. I would love to find out how you are doing.”
The girl phoned back and said, “I am so glad you called! Especially today. Today is my due date! I’m waiting to have our baby, and we are so happy. We are so grateful that you talked to us and helped us. We can’t thank you enough.”