A Planned Parenthood Director Steps Down

November 3, 2009 | NeW Staff

Last month, after 8 years of working at Planned Parenthood, Bryan, Texas center director Abby Johnson steps down. She resigned because she felt Planned Parenthood was encouraging abortions over prevention due to tough economic times, and she was affected by watching the ultrasound of an abortion. Johnson said this about leaving Planned Parenthood:

“It seemed like maybe that’s not what a lot of people were believing any more because that’s not where the money was. The money wasn’t in family planning, the money wasn’t in prevention, the money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that.”

Her religious background seems to have had an impact as well because she has now joined
Coalition for Life, which is a Christian faith-based organization. The group is consistently seen outside of the same Planned Parenthood building that Johnson had been working at previously praying and offering “sidewalk counselors” to girls contemplating abortions. As an Episcopalian, Johnson felt she could no longer try and persuade women to have abortions over keeping their babies, and this was the ‘lightbulb moment’ that caused her to leave.

Planned Parenthood’s reacted to Johnson’s leaving by deciding to file restraining orders against Johnson and the Coalition for Life because they feared for the confidentiality of their patients. The case has yet to be heard.

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