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Planned Parenthood Director Leaves, Has Change of Heart
KBTX ^ | November 2, 2009 | Ashlea Sigman

Posted on 11/02/2009 6:19:21 AM PST by texanyankee

Planned Parenthood Director Leaves, Has Change of Heart

Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until last month, when Abby resigned.

Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until last month, 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," said Jonhson.

She handed in her resignation October 6. Johnson worked as the Bryan Planned Parenthood Director for two years.

According to Johnson, the non-profit was struggling under the weight of a tough economy, and changing it's business model from one that pushed prevention, 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 and so I had a problem with that," said Johnson.

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."

Johnson now supports the Coalition For Life, the pro-life group with a building down the street from Planned Parenthood. Coalition volunteers can regularly be seen praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. Johnson has been meeting with the coalition's executive director, Shawn Carney, and has prayed with volunteers outside Planned Parenthood.

On Friday both Johnson and the Coalition For Life were issued temporary restraining orders filed by Planned Parenthood.

Rochelle Tafolla, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson issued the following statement: "We regret being forced to turn to the courts to protect the safety and confidentiality of our clients and staff, however, in this instance it is absolutely necessary."

The temporary restraining order contends that Planned Parenthood would be irreparably harmed by the disclosure of certain information, but does not bar Johnson or Coalition For Life volunteers from the premises.

As of Sunday evening, neither Johnson nor Carney had seen the complaint filed against them that prompted the restraining order.

A hearing about the order has been set for November 10.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; bornagain; epiphany; moralabsolutes; plannedparenthood; prolife
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1 posted on 11/02/2009 6:19:21 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: texanyankee

Good News! Thank God for her change of heart!


2 posted on 11/02/2009 6:21:12 AM PST by pollywog (staying...... " Under His Wings" Psalm 91:4)
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To: texanyankee

btt


3 posted on 11/02/2009 6:21:54 AM PST by uncitizen (I'm mad as hell and i'm not gonna take it anymore!!)
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To: texanyankee

Better late than never.

Let’s hope she spends some time undoing the continual holocaust that Planned Parenthood is exacting upon the unborn...for money.


4 posted on 11/02/2009 6:22:49 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (I'd rather be a teabagger than an ankle-grabber.)
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To: texanyankee

>>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.”<<

The Lord is Great!


5 posted on 11/02/2009 6:23:27 AM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: texanyankee

May God bless you, Abby.

You’ve just made one of the most important decisions of your life, and one you won’t regret.


6 posted on 11/02/2009 6:23:56 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Food Stamps!)
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To: texanyankee
The temporary restraining order contends that Planned Parenthood would be irreparably harmed by the disclosure of certain information

Hmmm. Wonder what info that could be.

Maybe how they asked her to bring in more "clients"?

7 posted on 11/02/2009 6:24:14 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: texanyankee
Johnson said she realized she wanted to leave, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Wow, it's not just a ball of flab and fat that's having its life sucked out with a needed. It's a real, living HUMAN being, a cute little child....go figure.
8 posted on 11/02/2009 6:24:36 AM PST by mikelets456
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To: texanyankee

This is a GOD thing! Praise Him for a changed heart! And keep praying.


9 posted on 11/02/2009 6:24:38 AM PST by cblue55
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To: netmilsmom

Yes, He indeed is!


10 posted on 11/02/2009 6:24:44 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear ($$$$$OBAMA MONEY!!!$$$$$ /s)
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To: texanyankee

******Johnson said she was told to bring in more women who wanted abortions, something the Episcopalian church goer recently became convicted about.****

Think she meant *conflicted* - but a murder conviction could have been on her mind. Abortion is murder.


11 posted on 11/02/2009 6:24:44 AM PST by sodpoodle (Never give up- Keep Up!!!)
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To: texanyankee

Restraining order huh?

Somebody doesn’t want somebody talking details. This could be fun to watch!


12 posted on 11/02/2009 6:24:49 AM PST by mark3681
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To: texanyankee

Praise God!


13 posted on 11/02/2009 6:25:06 AM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Faith

fyi.


14 posted on 11/02/2009 6:25:15 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: texanyankee

Good news to warm the heart!


15 posted on 11/02/2009 6:25:26 AM PST by cblue55
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To: netmilsmom

Praise God...thank you heavenly Father!!!!


16 posted on 11/02/2009 6:25:59 AM PST by coloradomomba (BO stinks!)
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To: texanyankee

Woah... they must be scared to death (pun intended) of what she might reveal about them.

Just the mention that PP had turned it’s business model from one of preventing pregnancy, to one of Abortion because that is where the money is... is a FIRESTORM!

This lady, God bless her, has seen the light. I pray that she Tells the truth, and tells the world what Planned Parenthood is doing. Life begins at conception.


17 posted on 11/02/2009 6:26:38 AM PST by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

She hates women and wants to oppress them, obviously.


18 posted on 11/02/2009 6:27:13 AM PST by Boiling Pots (Barack Obama: The Final Turd George W. Bush laid on America)
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To: texanyankee

Planned Parenthood is neither.


19 posted on 11/02/2009 6:28:13 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: sodpoodle

Good catch, sod! You are such a freakin’ genius!


20 posted on 11/02/2009 6:29:46 AM PST by uncitizen (I'm mad as hell and i'm not gonna take it anymore!!)
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To: texanyankee

B U M P


21 posted on 11/02/2009 6:31:58 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: sodpoodle

She means convicted, she is very convinced that abortion is wrong.

From Webster:

1 : the act or process of convicting of a crime especially in a court of law
2 a : the act of convincing a person of error or of compelling the admission of a truth b : the state of being convinced of error or compelled to admit the truth
3 a : a strong persuasion or belief b : the state of being convinced


22 posted on 11/02/2009 6:32:33 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: sodpoodle
I've often seen convicted used in this sense to mean that in her heart/soul she was convicted by the Holy Spirit that what she was doing/asked to do was wrong. She was convicted of her sin.
23 posted on 11/02/2009 6:33:20 AM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: texanyankee

The ultrasound of the abortion procedure has turned some key people aganst abortion, including one of the very early founders/leaders of the ‘pro choice’ movement. Abby won’t be the last. Of course, had that technology been available back in ‘71 we never would have had the Roe v Wade decision.

One has to wonder what the conversion rate would be if every woman going into the center were able to see that video before going forward? Would it be possible, at least at a few centers, to have a video available near the protest/prayer site?


24 posted on 11/02/2009 6:33:26 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: N. Theknow

****Planned Parenthood is neither.****

Brilliant!

A stunning example of Orwell’s *pervert the language* and rule the mind!!

We should have been calling this murderous enterprise “No More Moms”


25 posted on 11/02/2009 6:35:03 AM PST by sodpoodle (Never give up- Keep Up!!!)
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26 posted on 11/02/2009 6:36:17 AM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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27 posted on 11/02/2009 6:36:28 AM PST by narses ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.")
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To: texanyankee

btt

Great news.


28 posted on 11/02/2009 6:36:45 AM PST by heartwood
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To: uncitizen

As creepy as this is going to sound, that video she speaks of should be released for all to see. Imagine how many minds that could change.

We have an awesome resource here in St. Louis. They are actually let into the public schools, which is an incredible feat in and of itself.

www.thrivestlouis.org


29 posted on 11/02/2009 6:37:58 AM PST by Cyclone59 (I ROCK, Guitar Hero said so........)
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To: EDINVA

THere is talk that a portable ultrasound, literally, almost as small as a doppler hearing device (the kind drs put on your belly to hear your babys heartbeat in the office) is in the works or just about done.

Imagine pro lifers having those outside an abortion facility as they pray........


30 posted on 11/02/2009 6:38:20 AM PST by wombtotomb
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To: sodpoodle

******Johnson said she was told to bring in more women who wanted abortions, something the Episcopalian church goer recently became convicted about.****

Think she meant *conflicted* - but a murder conviction could have been on her mind. Abortion is murder.


Convicted was correct.

Convict - to convince of error or sinfulness (Webster’s dictionary).

When used by Christians it means that God had convinced someone (or a group) of their error or sinfulness. God reached out and thouched her to convince her of the sin she was involved in. God “convicted” her.


31 posted on 11/02/2009 6:41:44 AM PST by Brookhaven (http://theconservativehand.blogspot.com/)
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To: texanyankee

Saving for my site


32 posted on 11/02/2009 6:42:02 AM PST by John Leland 1789
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To: sodpoodle
"...******Johnson said she was told to bring in more women who wanted abortions, something the Episcopalian church goer recently became convicted about.**** Think she meant *conflicted* - but a murder conviction could have been on her mind. Abortion is murder..."

The word convicted derives also from the word "convictions", referring to deeply held beliefs.

We have to be careful when we "correct" the statements of persons who have probably thought out carefully the way they wish to convey their thoughts.

33 posted on 11/02/2009 6:43:39 AM PST by pickrell (Old dog, new trick...sort of)
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To: Danae

I’m afraid it’s just a response to prevailing cultural realities. Responsible women don’t need Planned Parenthood to educate them about and/or provide contraceptives. The sort of women who need contraceptive education and services are pretty much by definition the ones who can’t or won’t pay for it, but will show up for abortions with cash in hand. They live for the moment and don’t engage in or value advance planning.

Look at all the government programs trying to educate poor (sometimes because they spend all their money on drugs and booze), dysfunctional women about contraceptives and prenatal care. Huge amounts of money are spent sending counselors into their neighborhoods to try to convince them to come into clinics for FREE contraceptives or prenatal care, but there are few takers, and even fewer who subsequently use contraceptives reliably or stop boozing/drugging/smoking after a prenatal care visit to a doctor or nurse practitioner. And the birth rates to women who don’t really want children, and have no means or intention to care for them decently, remain alarmingly high.


34 posted on 11/02/2009 6:44:39 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: texanyankee
Coalition volunteers can regularly be seen praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood .. On Friday both Johnson and the Coalition For Life were issued temporary restraining orders filed by Planned Parenthood.

"We regret being forced to turn to the courts to protect the safety and confidentiality of our clients and staff, however, in this instance it is absolutely necessary."

'Safety'? From Praying?
'Officer, officer, help me, help me. They prayed at me, make them stop!'
These PP folks are n-u-t-z.
35 posted on 11/02/2009 6:46:00 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: pollywog

Encouraging news! Let’s increase our emotional and material support for those choosing life and continue to pray for each person — young, old, men, women — struggling with this decision. Please pray, too, that our great nation moves away from the destructive cycle of sex-outside-of-marriage and abortion-on-demand.


36 posted on 11/02/2009 6:46:20 AM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: pickrell

***We have to be careful when we “correct” the statements...***

I’ll try to remember.


37 posted on 11/02/2009 6:46:48 AM PST by sodpoodle (Never give up- Keep Up!!!)
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To: Cyclone59
that video she speaks of should be released for all to see

Bite your tongue! That would be way too much free speech!

Seriously tho, i think you are right.

38 posted on 11/02/2009 6:50:00 AM PST by uncitizen (I'm mad as hell and i'm not gonna take it anymore!!)
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39 posted on 11/02/2009 7:04:32 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: sodpoodle

I think either word, convicted or conflicted, works but it really depends on the context. From a spiritual perspective, it is said quite often that God “convicts” us of our sins and once we are aware of that conviction, we turn to Jesus to wipe away the sin, blotting out the “conviction”. When I think of “conflicted”, I tend to think the context is one of moral conflicts. Of course, abortion should be both a moral conflict and a sin and it is actual murder, as you note.


40 posted on 11/02/2009 7:08:39 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: texanyankee

BTTT


41 posted on 11/02/2009 7:12:33 AM PST by Tzfat
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To: cblue55

Yes! A GOD thing!
It’s been hard to pray for Obama - I must start up again. God is GREAT!


42 posted on 11/02/2009 7:15:23 AM PST by RebelTXRose
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To: sodpoodle

She probably meant the Holy Spirit convicted her of the sin. It’s common Christian phraseology.


43 posted on 11/02/2009 7:18:27 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Condor51

Perhaps she really believes there IS power in prayer!


44 posted on 11/02/2009 7:21:02 AM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: texanyankee

Her personal journey on the road to Damascus. Saul, why persecutest thou me?


45 posted on 11/02/2009 7:34:59 AM PST by 1raider1
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46 posted on 11/02/2009 7:37:05 AM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: July4

AMEN!!!


47 posted on 11/02/2009 7:54:57 AM PST by pollywog (staying...... " Under His Wings" Psalm 91:4)
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To: texanyankee

This is wonderful news! God Bless Her!


48 posted on 11/02/2009 8:14:13 AM PST by eleni121 (For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline)
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To: texanyankee
Johnson said she was told to bring in more women who wanted abortions, something the Episcopalian churchgoer 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."

If she is still an Episcopalian, she still has a ways to go. But God bless her journey! May the Holy Spirit continue to use her as a witness!

49 posted on 11/02/2009 8:19:54 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Obama makes Bush his blame czar. --Mark Steyn)
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To: texanyankee
Good for her and all, but it took her eight years? How do you come to peace with that?

Planned Parenthood Genocide...

50 posted on 11/02/2009 8:22:36 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Unseal the lock box containing every document pertaining to Obama's life, TODAY!)
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