via LifeNews.com March 13, 2019 at 04:47PM
Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director-turned pro-life advocate, recently shared her story of how she left the abortion industry and now helps others leave as well.
Despite growing up in a pro-life household, Johnson was drawn to Planned Parenthood after a representative on her college campus spoke of ideas like women empowerment and healthcare, The Blaze reported.
“I really didn’t know anything about the organization, so I think I was just really naive and really ignorant to what they were truly selling,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t working from a well-thought out position.”
Johnson worked at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Texas for eight years, eventually rising in the ranks to the role of director. However, everything changed in September 2009, when she was asked to assist during an abortion. It was then that she realized the terrible truth that an abortion destroys a unique, valuable human life.
“I just remember being really shocked. I couldn’t believe that I had allowed myself to be so blind to the reality of what was right there,” she said. “I had eagerly believed the lies of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.”
After leaving, Johnson took it upon herself to help others leave the toxic abortion industry that she had once been a part of. She formed a ministry called And Then There Were None (ATTWN), a group that has helped nearly 500 abortion workers leave the industry since its founding in 2012. Seven of those workers used to be doctors who performed abortions, Johnson said.
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“As of now, we have helped 487 workers leave the clinics and…those workers have closed 21 abortion facilities, because they’ve worked with state officials,” she told the Pure Flix Podcast. “They have worked with health departments to go in and close those facilities because of bad practices, medical negligence, whatever it may be.”
Johnson’s story will soon be on the big screen. On March 29, “Unplanned,” which is based off of Johnson’s book of the same name, will be released to theaters. The film tells Johnson’s story of becoming a pro-life fighter after working for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America.
“No one will be able to walk away after seeing this movie and say ‘I didn’t know,’” Johnson said.
via LifeNews.com March 5, 2019 at 09:37AM
Medical leaders representing more than 30,000 doctors said intentionally killing a late-term unborn baby in an abortion is never necessary to save a mother’s life.
In a letter published at The Public Discourse, leaders of the American College of Pediatricians, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other medical groups explained their support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
The bill, which narrowly failed in the U.S. Senate last week, would require that abortionists provide the same basic medical care to an infant who survives an abortion that doctors would to any other baby born at the same gestational age. Democrats wrongly claimed the bill was an attack on “women’s health care.”
“Abortion treats no disease,” the doctors responded. “Pregnancy is not a disease, and deliberately killing the unborn child by abortion is not healthcare.”
They said abortions – “the guarantee of a dead baby” – are never necessary in the rare cases when a mother’s life is in jeopardy late in her pregnancy.
The doctors explained:
After 20 weeks fertilization age, it is never necessary to intentionally kill the fetal human being in order to save a woman’s life.  In cases where the mother’s life actually is in danger in the latter half of pregnancy, there is not time for an abortion, because an abortion typically is a two to three-day process. Instead, immediate delivery is needed in these situations, and can be done in a medically appropriate way (labor induction or C-section) by the woman’s own physician. We can, and do, save the life of the mother through delivery of an intact infant in a hospital where both the mother and her newborn can receive the care that they need. There is no medical reason to intentionally kill that fetal human being through an inhumane abortion procedure, e.g. dismembering a living human being capable of feeling pain   , or saline induction which burns off the skin, or feticide with subsequent induction.
They also described the inherent discrimination that the bill addresses.
“There is no scientific or legal reason to distinguish between human beings born after an attempted abortion and human beings born after attempted live birth,” the doctors said.
“These same principles apply in cases in which the human being in utero has a disability or has been given a life-limiting diagnosis, such as anencephaly. Human beings who are disabled at birth deserve the same respect and dignity afforded to able-bodied children at similar gestational ages,” they continued.
The medical leaders pointed to perinatal hospice as a life-affirming, compassionate option for babies with fatal disabilities.
“Perinatal hospice provides optimal care for the mother, honors the life of her child and allows the family the opportunity to acknowledge, love, and mourn its newest member,” they wrote.
Signing the letter were Donna J. Harrison, M.D., executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Michelle Cretella, M.D., executive director of the American College of Pediatricians; John Schirger, M.D., president of the Catholic Medical Association; David Stevens, M.D., CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations; and Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Together, the groups represent more than 30,000 doctors across the United States.