(CNSNews.com) – Former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist Abby Johnson said Tuesday that she witnessed an abortion that made her change her mind about working for the nation’s largest abortion provider, watching an unborn baby fighting to move away from the suction that would take its life.
Speaking at day 2 of the Republican National Convention, Johnson described her experiences working for Planned Parenthood for eight years and explained why she left and decided to advocate for the lives of unborn children.
She said she decided to volunteer for Planned Parenthood when she was approached by them at a volunteer fair in college. At that time, employees told her they were committed to keeping abortion “safe, legal, and rare.”
Johnson later was offered a job as a medical assistant and then promoted to clinic director.
“I truly believed I was helping women, but things changed in 2009,” she said, adding that she was awarded Planned Parenthood’s Employee of the Year award and invited to their annual gala where they present the Margaret Sanger Award, named for their founder.
“Margaret Sanger was a racist who believed in eugenics. Her goal when founding Planned Parenthood was to eradicate the minority population. Today, almost 80% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are strategically placed in minority neighborhoods, and every year Planned Parenthood continues to celebrate their racist roots by presenting the Margaret Sanger award,” Johnson said.
“Later, in August, my supervisor assigned me a new quota to meet - an abortion quota. I was expected to sell double the abortions performed the previous year. When I pushed back, underscoring Planned Parenthood’s public-facing goal of decreasing abortions, I was reprimanded, and told, ‘Abortion is how we make our money,’ but the tipping point came a month later, when a physician asked me to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion,” she said.
“Nothing prepared me for what I saw on the screen – an unborn baby fighting back, desperate to move away from the suction instrument, and I’ll never forget what the doctor said next – ‘Beam me up, Scotty.’ The last thing I saw was a spine twirling around in the mother’s womb before succumbing to the force of the suction,” Johnson said.
That’s when she decided to leave the clinic and founded, “And Then There Were None,’ a non-profit organization that’s helped nearly 600 abortion workers transition out of the industry.”
“For most people who consider themselves pro-life, abortion is abstract. They can’t even conceive of the barbarity. They don’t know about the Products of Conception room in abortion clinics, where infant corpses are pieced back together to ensure nothing remains in the mother's wombs or that we joked and called it the ‘Pieces of Children’ room,” Johnson said.
“But for me, abortion is very real. I know what it sounds like. I know what abortion smells like. Did you know that abortion even had a smell? I’ve been the perpetrator to these babies, to these women,” she said.
“I now support President Trump because he’s done more for the unborn than any other President. During his first month in office, he banned federal funds for global health groups that promote abortion. That same year, he overturned an Obama-Biden rule that allowed government subsidy of abortion,” Johnson said.
“He appointed a record number of pro-life judges, including two Supreme Court Justices. And importantly, he announced a new rule protecting the rights of healthcare workers objecting to abortion, many of whom I work with every day,” she added.
Johnson said the election is “a choice between two radical, anti-life activists, and the most pro-life president we have ever had.”