Planned Parenthood director quits after watching abortion ultrasound
posted at 3:00 pm on November 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
After eight years working at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, including two years as its director, Abby Johnson suddenly decided that she could no longer participate in abortions. What pushed Johnson out was both an ultrasound of an abortion and a renewed emphasis on the cash-generating business in the failing economy. After being told to deemphasize prevention and market for abortions, Johnson finally had enough:
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. …
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.
The television station has video of Johnson’s interview at the link, so be sure to watch it.
What was the reaction of Planned Parenthood? They sued Johnson and the Coalition for Life and filed restraining orders against both. They claim that Johnson and the CFL wanted to breach the confidentiality of their clients, but nothing in the KBTX report indicates that Johnson had any such intention. In fact, Johnson was unaware of the suit when KBTX’s report went to air last night.
It doesn’t surprise me to see Planned Parenthood pressure its offices to push abortions harder. That’s their core business, after all, and with less money flowing into the abortion mills, they need to market it more aggressively. It does remove the veneer of “community service” that PP claims while defending themselves, however. They’re in the mass-production abortion business, plain and simple, which Johnson finally discovered.
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