Abby Johnson featured on Focus on the Family radio shows today and tomorrow

In conjunction with the 36th anniversary of the US Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson will be featured on Focus on the Family's radio programs today and tomorrow.

David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, reported in an email:

What is it like to work inside PP - America's largest abortion chain?

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What is it that would convince someone who worked there - as the director of a local abortion center, in fact - to walk away from the PP abortion empire?

Today and tomorrow, you can hear the first-hand account that answers both of those questions....

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Huckabee: Former Planned Parenthood director describes watching abortion on ultrasound

Former Bryan, TX, Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson was interviewed on Gov. Mike Huckabee's Fox show last night (replaying tonight), and described the horrific, gut-wrenching experience of watching on ultrasound a baby pull away from an abortionist's probe trying to kill him or her...

No wonder the other side hates ultrasounds, fighting legislation forcing abortionists to offer an abortion-minded mother the opportunity to view her preborn baby. Will the other side now put blinders on workers? That would be interesting.

Read backstory on Johnson here.

Former Planned Parenthood director to appear on O'Reilly Friday 11/11; Huckabee 11/7

UPDATE, 11/6 3:18p: 40 Days reports the O'Reilly segment with Abby Johnson has been postponed until next Wedneday due to the Ft. Hood tragedy. Meanwhile, Fox has been advertising her appearance on Huckabee tomorrow (which replays Sunday).

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Abby Johnson, Planned Parenthood, O'Reilly Factor, abortion, pro-life.jpg11/3, 6:36p:The 40 Days for Life blog is reporting that Abby Johnson, the former director of the Bryan, TX, Planned Parenthood who quit her job earlier this month and is now a pro-life convert, will appear on The O'Reilly Factor Friday night.

Read my previous post giving Johnson's backstory here.

The Associated Press has an update on PP's attempted restraining order against Johnson...

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Planned Parenthood director sees abortion ultrasound and quits; PP files restraining order

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....

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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....

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Denver Post columnist converts to pro-life, almost

We may be seeing the house of cards starting to fall. Recent polls indicating a growing nationwide affinity to the pro-life position prompted self-described "atheist and a secular kinda guy" Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi to announce in a column yesterday he's lining up with the new majority:

After a life of being pro-choice, I began to seriously ponder the question. I oppose the death penalty because there is a slim chance that an innocent person might be executed and I don't believe the state should have the authority to take a citizen's life.?

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So don't I owe an nascent human life at least the same deference? Just in case?

You may not consider a fetus a "human life" in early pregnancy, though it has its own DNA and medical science continues to find ways to keep the fetus viable outside the womb earlier and earlier.

But it's difficult to understand how those who harp about the importance of "science" in public policy can draw an arbitrary timeline in the pregnancy, defining when human life is worth saving and when it can be terminated.

The more I thought about it, the creepier the issue got....

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All in the family

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The MacDonald family can tell us a thing or 2 about surviving abortion. The story begins in 1968, when Jenn MacDonald's mother attempted to abort her, but felt too guilty to finish the job. Jenn says...

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Planned Parenthood deathscort softened by child's death

tuesday morning 2.jpgPro-life stalwart and friend Leslie, who blogs at The Passionate Pro-Lifer and comments here as well, lost one of her precious twin granddaughters, Tuesday, on January 30, to cancer.

So Leslie had been missing from the sidewalk counseling scene at the Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood mega-abortion mill while in mourning, until this past Saturday when she ventured back. She described the following incident on her blog:

I'm not certain how long Ron has been an "escort" for evil, Planned Parenthood in Denver. But, I can say this, he has gone out of his way to be unkind to those who try to rescue those being unjustly led to the slaughter.

Today, on my first venture to CO's slaughterhouse for some time, I was astonished to be approached by a Planned Parenthood death-scort....

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"One of the most horrifying experiences of my life"

Our wonderful moderator Carla, who has a unique post-abortion ministry, gave her testimony 4x during worship services yesterday at Faith Community Church, in Hudson, WI.

Carla is a gifted speaker with a touching story. She is there for you if you need her at Carla@jillstanek.com.


Conversion stories V: JM

It has been awhile since I posted a conversion story. This comes from JM, who gave me permission to post. It contains thoughts for pro-lifers, including me, to take to heart. And this story is a real tribute to Bethany and MK, Bethany in particular. Any disparaging comments will be deleted:

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When I was in high school I was very much pro-LIFE.

When I came to college is when I began to be pro-choice. It was the point that I really started to have an opinion about the matter. I had the view that I would never have an abortion myself, but couldn't make the choice for anyone else. I knew I could never have one, because I knew if I ever did I would regret it later and feel guilty. I am a very emotional person and I knew myself enough that I couldn't have one.

Abortion didn't make me happy, I didn't want people to have abortions, but I felt like it wasn't my choice to make. I started going to your site because I heard about it on a pro-choice facebook group. I came because I enjoyed debating. I enjoyed sharing my opinion and hearing others' opinions. When I began to feel judged for my beliefs I left and haven't really been back....

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Krystal and Jadon's story

Today on the "Ashley Judd: Wolf crying wolf" post a commenter named Krystal has been filling us in on the reality of living in AK. Very interesting reading, for instance:

I actully don't even live in a village, I live more off the land than most do. My husband works for the state of AK. We pretty much do research out here on the Yukon River. Bevy, we're usually in Fort Yukon, Circle and Central almost every other day using the phone and ordering from the bush pilots for supplies and food.

Krystal just emailed the story of her first pregnancy, and it is very touching. She wrote it in honor of her son's 6th birthday. Krystal said I could share it, so here 'tis:

So my oldest son Jadon is now a 6-year-old. It's so amazing how 6 years can fly past you at the speed of light. I can still remember the day I gave birth to him. Here's the story of how Jadon entered this world.

I met his dad when I was 14-years-old as a freshman in high school, Chris was a junior. It was November 2001. We hit it off from the start... couldn't and wouldn't live a second of our lives without each other. I knew I loved him from the moment we met, not just puppy love, real love. Someone who saw past my faults and errors. Someone who would love me no matter what happened in our life....

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Stojan Adasevic

Per LifeSiteNews.com:

The Spanish daily La Razon has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former "champion of abortion." Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after spending 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.

A Freeper has posted a more detailed story on Adesevic, originally published in Love One Another Catholic magazine in 2004, a triumphal read, although gory and heartbreaking along the way....

Stojan Adasevic will never forget the day he was organizing the filing cabinet in the doctors' room. He was a medical student at the time. A number of gynecologists entered the room. Paying no attention to the student crouched over a pile of papers in the corner, they began swapping stories about their medical practice.

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Dr. Rado Ignatovic recalled a patient who had come to him for an abortion. The procedure failed because the doctor had been unable to align the cervix. As the gynecologists went on discussing the woman's history, Stojan, who had been listening in, suddenly stiffened. He realized that the woman under discussion -- a former dentist at the nearby clinic -- was his mother.

"She's dead now" -- observed one of the doctors -- but I wonder what happened to the unwanted child?" Stojan couldn't resist. "I'm the child!" he said, getting up. Silence fell over the room. Seconds later the doctors were walking out.

Over the years Dr. Adasevic would have cause to recall that event many times. It was perfectly clear to him: he owed his life to the fact of a failed abortion. He would never make such a blunder himself. Many women were referred to him because of difficulty in aligning the cervix. This was never a problem for Stojan. He became the best abortionist in Belgrade....

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Conversion stories IV: Janet

janet.jpgJanet began posting here two weeks ago and mentioned early on she was post-abortive. Following is Janet's conversion story. The photo, right, is of Janet, taken from her blog. I applaud Janet's honesty and bravery.

All through my teen years, I was a huge proponent of women's rights. After years of preaching about how a woman should be able to do what she wants with her body, there came a time for me to make the choice.

All my friends were pro-choice. No one suggested options. I mean, I was 18, I had a big career and lots of moneyahead of me, I was smart and young, I couldn't be a mother. No way. There was no choice to make. I was going to have an abortion. And that was it....

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Conversion stories III: SamanthaT

SamanthaT started blogging here in March. This is a sample of her position then: "[A]s a pro-choice advocate, I support a woman's right to privately choose the course of her pregnancy." 250 posts later, with no warning, Sammie suddenly posted this on April 10:

"I'm converted."

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"Samantha - huh? Sarcasm? Truth? Trying to see how easy it is to make me confused? Stop being a tease! We need a bit more info. ;-)"

To which SamanthaT responded:

"Valerie Im serious! =) I can't rationalize the legal killing of babies."

And that was it. SamanthaT amazingly and quickly became a staunch and persuasive defender of life here. We are all proud of SamanthaT.

Here is SamanthaT's touching story....

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Conversion stories II: Naaman

Naaman is a commenter on this site. Here is his story:

now.gifAll of my life, I considered myself to be "pro-choice." What choice did I have, really? I was raised in a feminist, pro-abortion, liberal family. Both my parents were members of the National Organization for Women. I grew up in NOW; I was committed. I attended every pro-abortion march or rally I could.

And I did something worse: I volunteered as an accessory to abortion.

There was an abortion clinic in Falls Church, VA, called the Commonwealth Women's Center. Unfortunately for the clinic, it was right next door to a Catholic church. Eventually, the clinic became annoyed by the constant presence of pro-life protestors, and it sent a request for help to the local NOW chapters. We responded.

My specialty was "escort duty." The idea was to have a number of sympathetic people escort the prospective patient from her car, across the parking lot, and into the clinic. Ideally, every escort detail was supposed to include a man or two....

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Conversion stories I: prettyinpink

I'm launching a new feature called "Conversion stories." There have been a couple on this blog in the last month - abortion proponents who came here to duel and over time converted to the pro-life position.

I applaud these people for giving honest thought to pro-life apologetics, confronting their own ideology with it, and then publicly making the switch. This is a major undertaking.

I also applaud the dedicated pro-life conversationalists on this blog for their wit, knowledge, passion, honest concern for people behind the debate, and for not letting one falsehood go unanswered.

Today, we honor prettyinpink, aka PIP or Kate. PIP politely introduced herself to us a month ago as one who "used to be blindly conservative, but sometime during high school I became an active liberal." Somewhere, though, during her 378 (!) posts, PIP changed her thinking. Here is her story.

First, meet PIP on this video a friend and she made of the song, "You can call me Al." (PIP is a big fan of Simon & Garfunkel.)

PIP's story....

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