January 15th, 2011 by M. French

Former Director of the Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson, recently released a book chronicling her transformation from Planned Parenthood Director to pro-life activist. The first chapter of her book, an account of the day that changed her life, was released on LifeSiteNews in full. Click here to read it. The visiting physician needed Abby’s help with an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13 week old baby. The following is the key section of her account. I dare you to read this and not be shaken.

At first, the baby didn’t seem aware of the cannula. It gently probed the baby’s side, and for a quick second I felt relief. Of course, I thought. The fetus doesn’t feel pain. I had reassured countless women of this as I’d been taught by Planned Parenthood. The fetal tissue feels nothing as it is removed. Get a grip, Abby. This is a simple, quick medical procedure. My head was working hard to control my responses, but I couldn’t shake an inner disquiet that was quickly mounting to horror as I watched the screen.

The next movement was the sudden jerk of a tiny foot as the baby started kicking, as if it were trying to move away from the probing invader. As the cannula pressed its side, the baby began struggling to turn and twist away. It seemed clear to me that it could feel the cannula, and it did not like what it was feeling. And then the doctor’s voice broke through, startling me.

“Beam me up, Scotty,” he said lightheartedly to the nurse. He was telling her to turn on the suction — in an abortion the suction isn’t turned on until the doctor feels he has the cannula in exactly the right place.

I had a sudden urge to yell, “Stop!” To shake the woman and say, “Look at what is happening to your baby! Wake up! Hurry! Stop them!”

But even as I thought those words, I looked at my own hand holding the probe. I was one of “them” performing this act. My eyes shot back to the screen again. The cannula was already being rotated by the doctor, and now I could see the tiny body violently twisting with it. For the briefest moment the baby looked as if it were being wrung like a dishcloth, twirled and squeezed. And then it crumpled and began disappearing into the cannula before my eyes. The last thing I saw was the tiny, perfectly formed backbone sucked into the tube, and then it was gone. And the uterus was empty. Totally empty.

Read her entire account (the first chapter of her book) here, then buy her book via the link at the bottom of the page.

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November 17th, 2010 by M. French

The Family Research Council recently put out a pamphlet entitled Planned Parenthood: What Every Parent, Teacher, Woman, Community Leader and Elected Official Needs to Know. The PDF version is available here: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF10I10.pdf

Bound4Life summarized it by saying:

This informative piece covers such topics as:

* Planned Parenthood’s roots of Margaret Sanger and Eugenics
* The lucrative business of abortion and government funding
* Planned Parenthood’s willful covering up of sex crimes against minors
* Expanding use of RU-486
* The agenda of sex education for children
* Planned Parenthood’s corporate financial partners

Here’s an example quote they have from Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood:

As an advocate of Birth Control, I wish to take advantage of the present opportunity to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit,’ admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation to the mentally and physically fit though less fertile parents of the educated and well-to-do classes. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.

Make sure to give it a look.

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May 16th, 2010 by M. French

From LifeSiteNews:

… a new study suggests that feminist ideology no longer is the driving force to keep abortion legal, but that more sinister motives of commerce and profit are dedicated to keeping the billion dollar abortion industry alive and growing.

… market forces are now deeply intertwined with the abortion industry that supplies them with “fetal parts, tissues and cells.” Pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies often use aborted fetal material in their products.

The study can be found here.

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April 3rd, 2010 by M. French

The following is an interview with the former director of the Bryan, TX branch of Planned Parenthood:


[Link to Video]

I found the following quote particularly interesting, as it relates to the way abortion providers view, and teach their workers to view, pro-life activists:

[Abortion workers] sometimes are scared of the pro-lifers that are out in front of the clinic because they’ve basically been brainwashed to believe that they’re terrorists, that they’re scary, that they’re evil, that they’re there to harm them, and that is put into they’re mind almost every day.

Scary? Evil? Terrorists? Guess which one of these people is the “scary … evil” pro-lifer? (Click here to find out)

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March 22nd, 2010 by M. French

Planned Parenthood: “Nonetheless, we regret that a pro-choice president of a pro-choice nation was forced to sign an Executive Order that further codifies the proposed anti-choice language in the health care reform bill, originally proposed by Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska. What the president’s executive order did not do is include the complete and total ban on private health insurance coverage for abortion that Congressman Bart Stupak (D–MI) had insisted upon. So while we regret that this proposed Executive Order has given the imprimatur of the president to Senator Nelson’s language, it is critically important to note that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban. “

Bound4Life: “Trusting in an Executive Order to protect the unborn is a bad idea. The Executive Order, while looking good, IS NOT law. The President cannot create law. If he could, he would have passed Health Care with an Executive Order. What’s more, the President can rescind the Order anytime he wants and substitute it with “softer language” or even scrap it altogether. Furthermore, any President after Obama can change the policy of the Order. (i.e. the Mexico City policy.)”

CatholicVoteAction: “In summary then, President Obama’s executive order changes almost nothing to alleviate pro-life concerns over this Act. It fully allows federal funding for abortion insurance, it cannot change the fact that CHC funds will be used for abortion, it follows HHS policy against conscience rights by utterly failing to do anything on the issue, and it does not change any of HHS’s ability under the Act to define abortion as health care. … Any pro-lifer concerned about the Act would, objectively, have the same concerns against the Act with or without this executive order.”

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February 19th, 2010 by M. French

From the CBR Blog:

During our GAP display at Penn State, the campus paper printed a story in which Planned Parenthood argued that we shouldn’t show pictures of what their abortion clinics do to unborn children because it upsets born children. The Daily Collegian story was headlined, “Trucks bearing abortion pictures drive through town,” April 22, 2004. “Paula Nossek, health center manager for Planned Parenthood … said she thought the group’s tactics were both ‘tasteless’ and ‘cowardly,’ and she questioned the authenticity of the images.” She added, “’If they were decent human beings, they would be sick letting kids see it ….’” She isn’t sick killing these babies but we should be sick showing them. Now that really is sick.

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February 6th, 2010 by M. French

“Planned Parenthood’s response to the Tebow family’s Super Bowl ad continues that organization’s history of deception.  It features two African Americans, Planned Parenthood’s preferred target for abortion, talking about ‘respecting’ women’s choices without ever mentioning the ‘A’ word.  Spare me.  If abortion is supposed to be a choice that everyone respects, why can’t Planned Parenthood even allow the word to be spoken?”

— Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., commenting on Planned Parenthood’s response to the Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad.

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November 3rd, 2009 by M. French

The Director of a Planned Parenthood branch in Bryan, TX resigned after witnessing an abortion procedure via ultrasound. According to KBTX:

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.

Johnson was growing uneasy with the organization’s direction the months leading up to her resignation, claiming that rather than emphasizing birth control, she was being pressured to increase the number of women receiving abortions:

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.

Video from KBTX is below:

[Link to Video]

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January 29th, 2009 by M. French

As the debate over FOCA continues, let’s take a look at one of the key elements of the bill. According to NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan: “The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would effectively repeal the Bush-backed Federal Abortion Ban.”  What is the “Bush-backed Federal Abortion Ban?” It is the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which made it illegal for a doctor to perform partial-birth abortions.

And what exactly are partial-birth abortions?  The following illustrations depict a partial-birth abortion being performed on a 24 week old baby (they are usually performed in the 20-26 week range, with some even later). The illustrations follow the step-by-step instructions from an Ohio abortionist, and according to former abortionist, Anthony P. Levatino, M.D., J.D, they “accurately depict” the partial-birth abortion method.  More on partial-birth abortion and these illustrations can be found on the National Right to Life site.

For an insider’s perspective on what it is like to perform partial-birth abortions, consider the story of the aforementioned Dr. Anthony P. Levatino. In this statement put together by the Pro-Life Action League, Dr. Levatino explains what life as a late-term abortionist is like, and how he came out of the business of being, as he puts it, a “paid assassin:”

I have never been involved in a large-scale abortion mill, a business that was set up for the sole purpose of performing abortions. My experiences are perhaps a bit more universal in terms of obstetricians and gynecologists in the country who were trained to do abortions during their residencies and then continued doing so as part of their private practice, but not even the major part. Certainly it was never a major part of our private practice.

My partner and I, however, were relatively important in the Albany area for one infamous fact, which to this day I regret. Our group was just about the only group that was performing late abortions, D & E procedures, Dilatation and Evacuation. And we received referrals from all over the area in our part of the state, even from neighboring counties 70 to 80 miles away. We had a lot of patients.

I’ve never actually counted. I’m glad I can’t say that I’m responsible for 50,000 plus abortions, but I know I’ve done hundreds of the procedures. That’s direct, hands-on involvement, with the forceps in your hand, reaching into somebody’s uterus and tearing out a baby.

Why Doctors Do Abortions

Why do doctors do abortions? There are many reasons. It’s profitable, there’s a lot of money in it! But there’s philosophical things that come first. As I’m fond of telling people, if you are pro-choice and you happen to be a gynecologist, then it’s up to you to take the instruments in hand and actively perform an abortion. It’s the most natural association in the world.

Along the way you find out you make a lot of money doing abortions. In my practice we were averaging between $250 and $500 for an abortion, and it was cash.

There are other reasons; they’re perhaps no less important. I’ve heard many times from other obstetricians: Well, I’m not really pro-abortion, I’m pro-woman. How many times have you heard that one? The women’s groups in this country, they’re not alone, but they’ve done a very good job selling that bill of goods to the population. That somehow destroying a life is pro-woman. But a lot of obstetricians use that justification to themselves, and I can tell you, a lot of them believe it. I used to. It’s not hard to be convinced of it.

Gruesome D & C Abortion Procedure

During my residency, at least once, sometimes twice a week, I would be the resident whose turn it was to sit down and do the four, or five, or six suction D & C abortions that morning.

When the abortionist finishes a suction D & C, he has to open a little suction bag and he has to literally reassemble the child. He has to do that because he wants to make sure he didn’t leave anything behind.

I had complications, just like everybody else. I have perforated uteruses. I have had all kinds of problems — bleeding, infection — Lord knows how many of those women are sterile now.

I remember getting called down to my chairman’s office because a young lady that I had done an abortion on showed up, and the abortion had been incomplete. I had not done my job right, and she passed an arm or a leg and she freaked out because she didn’t realize what had happened.

Frightening Saline Abortion Procedure

My discomfort came at that point because there was a tremendous conflict going on inside me. Here I was doing my D & Cs, five and six a week, and I was doing salines on a nightly basis whenever I was on call.

The resident on call got the job of doing the salines and there would usually be two or three of those. They were horrible because you saw one intact, whole baby being born, and sometimes they were alive. That was very, very frightening. It was a very stomach-turning kind of existence.

Yet, I was doing that at the same time that my wife and I were trying to have a child, and we were having difficulty with that. We had been married a couple of years at that point — and no baby. Suddenly, we realized we had an infertility problem.

I kept doing abortions, I didn’t stop. But it was tough. We started desperately looking for a baby to adopt, and I was throwing them in the garbage at the rate of nine and ten a week. It even occurred to me then: I wish one of these people would just let me have their child. But it doesn’t work that way. So the conflict was there.

Obstetrics and Abortion in Conflict

Most of the time in our practice was spent providing obstetrical care for people who wanted their children. It is very common for an obstetrician to have an ultrasound machine. We use that ultrasound machine on a daily basis.

As a doctor, you know that these are children; you know that these are human beings with arms and legs and heads and they move around and they are very active. But you get reminded — every time you put that scanner down on somebody’s uterus — you are reminded. Because you see the children in there — hearts beating, arms flinging.

We have a ball with it. It is a lot of fun. We have people coming in who have bleeding and who are afraid they may have a miscarriage — now this is someone who wants to have their child. There is no better news for me than to put that scanner on them at seven and eight weeks and show them a heartbeat and say: Your baby is okay. You do that as an obstetrician all the time.

And then, an hour later, you change your clothes, walk into an operating room and do an abortion. If you have any heart at all, it affects you.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF HIS STORY]

How close are we to making this hideous “medical procedure” legal again via the Freedom of Choice Act?  Consider these words from President Obama during a 2007 speech at Planned Parenthood: [Link to Video]


“The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” — Barack Obama

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