“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” — Matthew 19:26
I’ve known about this for the past few weeks, but now I can finally share the HUGE NEWS!
The director of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Bryan/College Station, Texas — where 40 Days for Life first began — has resigned her job, experienced a profound conversion, and joined our pro-life efforts.
Here’s what happened …
Abby Johnson worked at Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas for eight years. She was there when the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign was conducted outside of her workplace in the Bryan/College Station community in 2004.
She was there for the next 40 Days for Life effort as well — the one that helped to launch the first nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign in the fall of 2007.
And she was there for the one after that, and the one after that, and the one after that — and the one after that!
In fact, Abby was able to look out the window of Planned Parenthood and see 40 Days for Life campaigns on six different occasions — as well as the regular year-round prayer presence organized by the local Coalition for Life, under the leadership of our own 40 Days for Life campaign director Shawn Carney.
For all those years, people outside the clinic prayed for Abby.
And with all those prayers, Abby finally had a change of heart. She said, “Over the past few months I had seen a change in motivation regarding the financial impact of abortions,” she said, “and I reached my breaking point after witnessing a particular kind of abortion on an ultrasound.”
She quit her job and went across the street to the headquarters of the Coalition for Life where Shawn has been helping her over these last few weeks.
Fox News just reported on Abby’s conversion, stating:
Abby Johnson, 29, used to escort women from their cars to the clinic in the eight years she volunteered and worked for Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas. But she says she knew it was time to leave after she watched a fetus “crumple” as it was vacuumed out of a patient’s uterus in September.
“When I was working at Planned Parenthood I was extremely pro-choice,” Johnson told FoxNews.com. But after seeing the internal workings of the procedure for the first time on an ultrasound monitor, “I would say there was a definite conversion in my heart … a spiritual conversion.”
Johnson said she became disillusioned with her job after her bosses pressured her for months to increase profits by performing more and more abortions, which cost patients between $505 and $695.
“Every meeting that we had was, ‘We don’t have enough money, we don’t have enough money — we’ve got to keep these abortions coming,’” Johnson told FoxNews.com. “It’s a very lucrative business and that’s why they want to increase numbers.”
Read the whole story (and see Shawn with Abby) at:
Abby finally saw the truth. The truth which Planned Parenthood often tries to hide — even from its very own management staff.
She left on good terms, and says that Planned Parenthood tried to offer her more money to stay. “But this was not about money or me being angry,” she said. “It was about my change of heart on abortion.”
Planned Parenthood has responded by going to court to seek a restraining order against both Abby and the Coalition for Life. The requested court action warns against disclosing any “confidential information.” An initial court hearing is set for November 10, so please keep Abby, Shawn, and the Coalition for Life in your prayers.
Seeing is believing, so here’s the local news report aired by KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station (there’s a short commercial first):
Abby’s amazing conversion demonstrates the importance of a constant, persistent, peaceful prayer presence in front of abortion facilities.
From that first campaign in 2004, we’ve prayed for Abby — and for all abortion workers — that they would come to see what abortion really is, and that they would leave the deadly business. In this case, those prayers have been answered.
We are so proud of Abby’s courage to leave the abortion industry and publicly announce her reasons for leaving.
And now a familiar face has been seen praying outside Planned Parenthood in Bryan/College Station during the final days of this fall’s 40 Days for Life — yes, Abby Johnson.
God can and will do amazing things — if only we ask!
We must continue to pray and fast for more conversions just like Abby’s.
In fact, we WILL continue.
In the days ahead, you’ll learn how — together — we will keep this amazing momentum growing.
In all, eight clinic workers left their jobs during the 40 Days for Life campaign that just ended — and reports are still pouring in from across the 212 participating cities, so it could be even more!
I have another updated total for you as well. The number of babies (and their moms) spared from abortion during this campaign is now up to …
Praise God for ALL these miracles!
40 Days for Life
P.S.- Please keep Abby in your prayers this week. She goes on the Laura Ingraham radio show to tell her story in a few hours, and is scheduled to be on the O’Reilly Factor on Friday. May God use her testimony to change many hearts and minds!
P.P.S.- Want to share words of encouragement or prayers for Abby? Leave a reply below and we’ll make sure Abby sees your comments.