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Posted: 11/4/2009 4:23:06 AM EST


The former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeast Texas says she had a "change of heart" after watching an abortion last month — and she quit her job and joined a pro-life group in praying outside the facility.

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.

'When I was working at Planned Parenthood I was extremely pro-choice," Johnson told FoxNews.com. But after seeing the internal workings of the procedure for the first time on an ultrasound monitor, "I would say there was a definite conversion in my heart ... a spiritual conversion."

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."

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood told FoxNews.com that it offers a range of services at it 850 health centers nationwide, providing pregnancy tests, vaccinations and women's health services, "including wellness exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception, and STD testing and treatment."

"Planned Parenthood's focus is on prevention," wrote Diane Quest, the group's National Media Director. "Nationwide, more than 90% of the health care Planned Parenthood affiliates provide is preventive in nature," explaining that a "core component the organization's mission is to help women plan healthy pregnancies and prevent unintended pregnancies."

But Johnson said her bosses told her to change her "priorities" and focus on abortions, which she said made money for the office at a time when the recession has left them hurting.

"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.

Johnson said she never got any orders to increase profits in e-mails or letters, and had no way to prove her allegations about practices at the Bryan branch. She told FoxNews.com that pressure came in personal interactions with her regional manager from the larger Houston office.

But she said she got involved with the clinic "to help women and ... [do] the right thing," and the idea of raking in cash seemed to go against what she felt was the mission of the 93-year-old organization.

"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.

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood refused to answer questions about Johnson's accusations, but released a statement noting that a district court had issued a temporary restraining order against the former branch director and against the Coalition for Life, an anti-abortion group with which Johnson is now affiliated.

"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," said spokeswoman Rochelle Tafolla.

It is unclear what made Planned Parenthood seek the restraining order. Johnson said she did not intend to release any sensitive information about her former patients at the clinic.

A hearing is set for Nov. 10 to determine whether a judge will order an injunction against Johnson and the Coalition for Life, which has led protests outside the clinic and joined her in a prayer vigil there last month.

Johnson hasn't found a job since she quit on Oct. 6, but she said she's enjoying the time off to be with her 3-year-old daughter.

"It's been great just to spend some time at home and get a break," she said.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,571215,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r2:c0.000000:b0:z5
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:28:37 AM EST
Sometimes reality is so much different than theory.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 5:30:40 AM EST
I fail to see how anyone can support the organization that Margaret Sanger founded.........really for those who don't know..research Sanger......the word monster is an understatement.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:02:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By benbob:


The former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeast Texas says she had a "change of heart" after watching an abortion last month — and she quit her job and joined a pro-life group in praying outside the facility.


Johnson hasn't found a job since she quit on Oct. 6, but she said she's enjoying the time off to be with her 3-year-old daughter.

"It's been great just to spend some time at home and get a break," she said.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,571215,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r2:c0.000000:b0:z5
Easier to convinve someone else to do something than yourself...

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:04:14 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:07:04 AM EST
It's a ghastly practice.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:14:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By benbob:


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.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,571215,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r2:c0.000000:b0:z5



I saw the article last night, the sentence I highlighted is what I think abortion is all about, its not about choice its all about the money.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:21:26 AM EST
I am not sure how anyone could watch an abortion on ultrasound or whatever and continue to support abortion.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:22:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By gwitness:
I fail to see how anyone can support the organization that Margaret Sanger founded.........really for those who don't know..research Sanger......the word monster is an understatement.


To her, abortion had NOTHING to do with a woman's right to choose. In fact, it was quite the contrary. I used to think eugenics in America was a conspiracy theory. The things I have learnt in recent years are downright terrorizing. When people say Soviet/Nazi style genocide could "never happen in America", they need to understand not only how strong the efforts were to bring it to this country, but who was behind it.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:27:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By walttx:
Originally Posted By benbob:


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.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,571215,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r2:c0.000000:b0:z5



I saw the article last night, the sentence I highlighted is what I think abortion is all about, its not about choice its all about the money.


Free market in action.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:34:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By GreyHat:
Originally Posted By walttx:
Originally Posted By benbob:


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.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,571215,00.html?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a4:g4:r2:c0.000000:b0:z5



I saw the article last night, the sentence I highlighted is what I think abortion is all about, its not about choice its all about the money.


Free market in action.


Killing babies for money?

Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:37:49 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:38:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By walttx:
Killing babies for money?



That's what happens when you don't legislate morality.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:39:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:40:39 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:41:49 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:44:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By GreyHat:
Originally Posted By walttx:
Killing babies for money?



That's what happens when you don't legislate morality.

At the risk of hijacking, there's a difference between merely protecting an individual's right to life and attaching a morality to it. Rights are not synonymous with morality.
Link Posted: 11/4/2009 8:56:04 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/4/2009 8:56:04 AM EST by Aimless]
http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=950487
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