Lost among the news going into Tuesday's elections was the story of a former Planned Parenthood director in Bryan, Texas who resigned after seeing the ultrasound of an abortion. Fox News had the story on their website Monday.
Abby Johnson, 29, used to escort women from their cars to the clinic in the eight years she volunteered and worked for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas. But she says she knew it was time to leave after she watched a fetus "crumple" as it was vacuumed out of a patient's uterus in September.
I imagine what she saw was something like the infamous "Silent Scream" video and when they say 'Warning. Graphic content." they mean it. Part 3 on that page is the relevant part.
Our friend and RedState member Mailloux has written several powerful diaries on abortion and Planned parenthood, including the "Fetal Hand Grasp Child", "The Arrogance of Man and the Triumph of Love". "Somewhere Between Rage, an Abyss of Sorrow, and Redemption . . .", and "Live Action, Planned Parenthood, and John 8:44". The deceit of Planned Parenthood he talks about in "The Arrogance of Man and the Triumph of Love" is front and center with Abby Johnson's story. While the public face they put on is one of concern for all aspects of women's health, including pregnancy tests, breast and cervical cancer screening, and STD testing Abby found out what the true focus of the organization was as director of the Texas clinic.
Money. Abortion money.
Johnson said she became disillusioned with her job after her bosses pressured her for months to increase profits by performing more and more abortions, which cost patients between $505 and $695.
"Every meeting that we had was, 'We don't have enough money, we don't have enough money — we've got to keep these abortions coming,'" Johnson told FoxNews.com. "It's a very lucrative business and that's why they want to increase numbers."
Planned Parenthood's national media director Diane Quest says 90% of their focus is on prevention explaining that a "core component the organization's mission is to help women plan healthy pregnancies and prevent unintended pregnancies." But at the Texas clinic where Johnson worked her bosses saw things differently. She was told to change her priorities and focus on abortions.
"For them there's not a lot of money in education," she said. "There's as not as much money in family planning as there is abortion."
Without a doctor in residence, she said, her clinic offered abortions only two days a month, but the doctor could perform 30 to 40 procedures on each day he was there. Johnson estimated that each abortion could net the branch about $350, adding up to more than $10,000 a month.
"The majority of the money was going to the facility," she said.
"Ideally my goal as the facility's director is that your abortion numbers don't increase," because "you're providing so much family planning and so much education that there is not a demand for abortion services.
"But that was not their goal," she said.
Somehow I don't think the Bryan, Texas clinic is alone in that goal. One has to wonder just how many Planned Parenthood clinics think likewise. They have since filed a restraining order against Johnson and Coalition for Life, an anti-abortion group that held frequent prayer vigils outside the clinic. After resigning Johnson joined that group. A hearing is set for November 10 to determine if an injunction will be issued against them. A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said
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
Gateway Pundit has also covered this story and has a video from local TV.
One has to wonder how many other Abby Johnson's are out there and what kind of coercion PP puts on people who resign for whatever reason not to talk to the press. Johnson said she never intended to release any sensitive information about her patients, but for uncertain reasons the restraining order was issued anyway. But the accusations by Johnson of encouraging as many abortions as possible certainly seems like one reason to me. That would fly in the face of the visage PP presents to the public, a public that is increasingly anti-abortion, as this Examiner article notes referencing a Gallup poll earlier this year.
I imagine that after seeing an abortion on ultrasound Abby Johnson has come to realize that one of the old arguments pro-abortion activists consistently put out to promote their cause has lost some validity. The one of "It's my body. I should have the right to an abortion if I want one"
Someone else's body is involved. Someone whose rights are to be denied as PP seeks more profits. 1 Timothy 6:10 tells us "For the love of money is the root of all evil". To me there is nothing more evil than the murder of an unborn child.
Abby Johnson has decided she does not want to be a part of that anymore.
On Saturday, November 7th Abby Johnson appeared on Huckabee. Hear her story in her own words. The audio on this clip is a little distorted, so you may want to turn the volume down a little.
There's just nothing I can add to that. Unviable tissue mass? Yeah, right.