Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson with Coalition for Life Director Shawn Carney (photo: Coalition for Life)
A former affiliate director for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, says she decided she could no longer be part of the industry after she watched an ultrasound of a baby being aborted and realized it was fighting for its life.
Abby Johnson, who resigned as director of a Texas Planned Parenthood branch, now is the target of a restraining order sought by the organization.
She talked about her experience with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Fox News Channel show:
In an earlier interview with WND, Johnson told of Planned Parenthood’s abortion quotas, which she said were needed to generate revenue for the organization.
“We’d have a goal every month for abortion clients and for family planning clients,” she said.
Johnson, 29, said the Bryan, Texas, Planned Parenthood clinic performed surgical abortions every other Saturday, but it began expanding access to abortion to increase earnings.
“Abortion is the most lucrative part of Planned Parenthood’s operations,” she said. “Even though they’re two separate corporations, all of the money goes into one pot. With the family planning corporation really suffering, they depend on the abortion corporation to balance their budget, help get them out of the hole and help make income for the company.”
She continued, “They really wanted to increase the number of abortions so that they could increase their income.”
Now Planned Parenthood has retaliated against Johnson, filing a restraining order against her because the clinic fears she may leak confidential information.
The Brazos Valley Coalition for Life, a pro-life group that recently moved its headquarters several hundred feet away from the clinic, is named in the restraining order as well.
Planned Parenthood issued a statement to Huckabee.
“Planned Parenthood respects everyone’s beliefs and feelings on this most personal of medical issues,” the group said. “Planned Parenthood remains fully committed to ensuring that every woman facing an unintended pregnancy knows all of her options. Planned Parenthood’s focus is on prevention. Nationwide, more than 90 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood affiliates provide is preventative in nature.”
Agreed, said Huckabee. “They prevent birth.”
Johnson said she first got involved with Planned Parenthood because of its efforts to prevent pregnancy.
But she said her experience watching an abortion left her mind racing and her heart beating fast.
“For whatever reason I was called in to help. My job was to hold the ultrasound probe on the abdomen,” she said. “When I looked at the screen, I saw a baby on the screen. She was about 13 weeks pregnant at the time. I saw a full side profile. I saw face to feet on the ultrasound.
“I saw the probe going into the woman’s uterus. At that moment I saw the baby moving, trying to get away from the probe,” she continued.
“I thought, ‘It’s fighting for its life.’ I thought, ‘It’s life. It’s alive.’
“I dropped the ultrasound probe. I scrambled and put [the probe] back in place. So many things were going through my mind. I was thinking about my daughter, who’s three,” she said.
“I was just thinking, ‘What am I doing here? What am I doing here? There was life in here and now there’s not.’”