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On April 28, 2010, prolifers from across Michigan saw something they probably couldn’t imagine ever occurring: A Planned Parenthood director giving the keynote address at a Right to Life event.
Abby Johnson, now a former Planned Parenthood director, experienced a change of heart while assisting with an ultrasound-guided abortion. She quit her job in the fall of 2009.
Abby spoke about how she became involved with Planned Parenthood as a volunteer during college and quickly moved up through the ranks to become a director before her 30th birthday.
The inside information Abby shared about the business practices of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers was shocking. As a clinic director, Abby was tasked to meet specific patient goals for the various services her clinic provided. During a planning meeting, she noticed the goals for increasing the number of abortion patients kept rising while the goals for non-abortion services like breast exams and colon cancer screenings remained the same. She questioned her superiors about this and was told more money was needed to help Planned Parenthood’s finances.
More disturbing was Abby's description of a procedure Planned Parenthood used to administer the abortion drug RU-486. Abby detailed how Planned Parenthood in Iowa uses video teleconferencing to allow abortionists to skirt the state's law and dispense abortion drugs without ever physically meeting patients. Iowa law requires that the abortion doctor not merely prescribe but actually "administer" the RU-486 abortion drug to the woman seeking the abortion. She explained how this is troublesome to Planned Parenthood in Iowa because some abortion clients live far away from the larger cities where Planned Parenthood’s abortionists work. Having the abortion doctor travel to rural clinics to provide abortions for one or two women was not deemed cost-effective for the nation's largest abortion provider. To solve this problem, Planned Parenthood set up a system where the abortion doctors use video teleconferences with women in rural clinics. Without ever examining the woman, the abortionists can push a button on their computer and a drawer with abortion drugs will open at the rural clinic.
While this process makes financial sense to Planned Parenthood, the deaths of several women and complications including excessive bleeding, severe pain and vomiting for countless others who have used RU-486 would indicate it is very dangerous -- especially for women taking the drugs without access to the physician who prescribed them. The abortion drugs don't even work completely for about eight percent of women who have taken them. These women are then encouraged to have a surgical abortion.
When Planned Parenthood claims they think of women and their safety first, remember Abby Johnson and what she shared about her former employer.
Educational resources available
These resources are available for free download and copying from our website, or from Right to Life of Michigan Educational Resource Centers around the state.
What Lies Beneath is a PowerPoint presentation for use in churches and group settings to educate the abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood.
Unplanned, by Abby Johnson with Cindy Lambert -- Read Abby Johnson's dramatic story of her eye-opening journey across the life line.
Bad Choices, by Douglas R. Scott -- An in-depth look at Planned Parenthood's goals, strategy and organization.
Blessed are the Barren, by Robert Marshall and Charles Donovan -- This book recounts the social policy of Planned Parenthood and the organization's history.
Grand Illusions, by George Grant -- An overview of Planned Parenthood's legacy and effect on society from a religious perspective.