Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Life experience of Planned Parenthood director changes life course

Legislative Day, April 28

Right to Life of Michigan is proud to present Legislative Day 2010 at the Lansing Center, located just blocks from the State Capitol. Join us on Wednesday, April 28, for a morning filled with information about current prolife legislation and lobby training you can put into action during a luncheon with your legislator. All this is followed by keynote speaker, Abby Johnson, the former Texas Planned Parenthood clinic director who quit her job after watching an ultrasound of a baby being aborted. You won't want to miss the true story of how her heart was changed. The cost is $40 for adults and $30 for students.

Abby Johnson quit her job. That simple act has become a national news story because Johnson was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who said she experienced a "change of heart" while participating in an abortion procedure.

Johnson worked at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, for nine years, first as a volunteer and then as the director. Her duties included running the family planning and abortion programs. The clinic performed abortions two days a month. Although she had seen ultrasounds before, including during her own pregnancy, Johnson said she had never seen an ultrasound image during an abortion. She is unclear why she was asked to be in the procedure room on that day, because it was not a normal part of her duties. Still, Johnson said, the experience changed her forever. She knew it was time to leave after she watched the baby "crumple" while being vacuumed out of a patient's uterus.

"I just thought, what am I doing?" she said. "And then I thought, never again. I looked out the window and saw a couple of people praying and I thought, that's where I need to go."