Former Occupation : Planned Parenthood Clinic Director
Place: Bryan, Texas, USA
Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until October 2009, when Abby resigned. Johnson said she realized she wanted to leave, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.
"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."
"I had never seen an abortion happen on an ultrasound, My job during the procedure was to hold the probe on the woman's abdomen. I could see the whole profile of the baby 13 weeks head to foot. I could see the whole whole side profile. I could see the probe. I could see the baby try to move away from the probe."
According to Johnson, the abortion clinic was struggling under the weight of a tough economy, and changing it's business model to one that focused on abortion.
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.
Johnson said she was told to bring in more women who wanted abortions, something the Episcopalian church goer recently became convicted about.
I feel so pure in heart (since leaving). 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.