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Abortion clinic director sees ultrasound, quits
Baptist Press
November 03, 2009

Abortion clinic director sees ultrasound, quits

Abortion clinic director sees ultrasound, quits
Baptist Press
November 03, 2009

BRYAN, Texas — The director

of a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeast Texas quit her job and is

supporting a pro-life organization after watching an ultrasound of an abortion.

Abby Johnson, 29, worked at

the abortion clinic for eight years and told FoxNews.com she had been “extremely

pro-choice” during that time. That all changed in September when she watched an

ultrasound of an unborn baby being vacuumed out of a woman’s uterus. She quit

in early October.

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Abby Johnson

“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 told KBTX-TV in Bryan.

Johnson added in the interview with FoxNews.com, “I would say there was a

definite conversion in my heart … a spiritual conversion.”

The clinic had been the location

of a peaceful pro-life prayer vigil by those associated with the nationwide 40

Days for Life initiative. Some participants also fasted.

Johnson, who became the

clinic’s director two years ago, also said she became disgruntled with Planned

Parenthood when officials began pressuring her to get more abortions for the

facility to generate more revenue.

“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.”

Johnson is thankful she left

and has no regrets.

“I feel so pure in heart (since leaving),” she told KBTX. “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 is working to

prevent abortions and has prayed on the sidewalk with members of the pro-life

group Coalition for Life, which has an office just a short walk from the

Planned Parenthood building. Some of those members once prayed for Johnson to

have a change of heart. A statement from the organization called Johnson’s

conversion “by far the most amazing thing that has happened to the Coalition

for Life throughout its entire history.” Coalition for Life members have

participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign.

After Johnson quit, Planned

Parenthood asked for and received a temporary restraining order against Johnson

and the Coalition for Life. A hearing is set for Nov. 10. Planned Parenthood

issued the following statement to KBTX: “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.”

A press release from 40 Days

for Life says Johnson is one of eight workers from various clinics who have

left their jobs during 40 Days for Life campaigns. Johnson is the highest

ranking of the eight.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Compiled

by Michael Foust, assistant editor of Baptist Press. For further information,

visit www.40daysforlife.com or www.coalitionforlife.com.)