Thanks to Ancient_Scribe for bringing this story to my attention.
Abby Johnson was director of a Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX, when she experienced what she calls a “spiritual conversion.” She had already been uncomfortable with the direction her role was taking, as Planned Parenthood attempted to combat the economic downturn that has closed the doors of several locations by pushing for abortion over other alternatives. “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,” Abby said.
But the breaking point for Abby came one day when she watched an abortion under ultrasound. “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.”
She has been very outspoken and public about her resignation and the reasons behind it, and her story has been further promoted by pro-life advocacy groups such as the Coalition for Life, which had held prayer vigils outside Abby’s Planned Parenthood, praying for the workers to have their eyes opened to what abortion truly was. According to David Beriet, national director of 40 Days for Life, this “amazing conversion demonstrates the importance of a constant, peaceful prayer presence in front of abortion facilities.”
Meanwhile, as publicity around Abby’s defection increased, Planned Parenthood International is seeking a court injunction against Abby Johnson as well as Coalition for Life to prevent them speaking to the media about Johnson’s reasons for leaving. According to a spokesman, “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.”
What do you think?
– Does this story demonstrate the importance of constant, peaceful prayer presence in front of abortion facilities?
– Is it necessary to silence Abby Johnson to protect the clients and staff of Planned Parenthood?
– Should pro-life Christians see the handiwork of God in the economic recession that leads to abortion offices closing?