UPDATE, 4:30p: Additional information, from a press release:
The [Bryan, TX] Planned Parenthood clinic [where Abby Johnson worked] was the location of the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in the fall of 2004, and the prayer and fasting initiative has been held outside the doors of Johnson’s former workplace 5 additional times….
PP has gone to court to seek a restraining order against both Johnson and the Coalition for Life, the local group that originated 40 Days for Life and continued regular prayer vigils in front of the clinic for the past 5 years. A court hearing on the order, which addresses disclosure of confidential information, is scheduled in a Texas court on November 10.
Shawn Carney, the director of the Coalition for Life and a 40 Days board member, has been working with Johnson since she left her job last month. The former clinic director has even begun to pray outside the clinic where she formerly worked.…
Johnson is one of 8 abortion industry workers who left their jobs during the 5th coordinated 40 Days campaign that concluded yesterday in 212 cities. She was the highest-ranking of the 8. Others who quit their clinic jobs included nurses, office staffers and security personnel.
In addition, a PP abortion facility in Kalispell, MT, announced it will close its doors on November 20, citing a decline in business as the reason for the closure. That clinic was the site of a 40 Days prayer vigil this past spring.
by moderator Carder
From KBTX.com, November 1:
Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson’s life for the past 8 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 Johnson….
She handed in her resignation October 6. Johnson worked as the Bryan PP [pictured left] Director for 2 years.
According to Johnson, the non-profit was struggling under the weight of a tough economy, changing its business model from one that pushed prevention to one that focused on 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.”
Johnson [pictured right] now supports the Coalition For Life, the pro-life group with a building down the street from PP. Coalition volunteers can regularly be seen praying on the sidewalk in front of PP. Johnson has been meeting with the coalition’s executive director, Shawn Carney [pictured right], and has prayed with volunteers outside PP.
On Friday both Johnson and the Coalition For Life were issued temporary restraining orders filed by PP.
Rochelle Tafolla, a PP 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 PP would be irreparably harmed by the disclosure of certain information but does not bar Johnson or Coalition For Life volunteers from the premises….
A hearing about the order has been set for November 10.
KBTX aired an interview with Johnson and Carney. But while the story, posted above, stated her reasons for resigning were due to seeing an abortion on ultrasound as well as being forced to try to sell more abortions, the video footage of the interview makes no mention of the abortion ultrasound, critical information, no?
[HT: Gateway Pundit; PP photo via Bryan PP]