Speaker Former Abortion Clinic Director Abby Johnson
/*quote from press release*/ Also present will be Abby Johnson, who credits prayer for giving her the strength and the wisdom to walk away from her job as executive director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in October after she held the ultrasound probe during an abortion.
“What I saw during the procedure was so gruesome to me, and something I had never experienced before, that I just thought: ‘I’ll never do this again,’” said Johnson, 29, the married mother of a 3-year-old, who had worked at the Bryan-College Station, Texas, clinic for eight years. Johnson will be among a slate of speakers at the 6th Annual Walk for Life West Coast on Saturday, January 23, in San Francisco.
Former clinic director Johnson held onto her faith as an Episcopalian throughout her time at the clinic, where she started as a volunteer during college, she said. “I was always trying to rationalize my work and my faith and I was trying to make it fit,” said Johnson. “There’s no spirituality in abortion because there really can’t be. It’s very hard to justify what you’re doing if you’re a Christian.”
Johnson agonized for almost two weeks after watching on the ultrasound monitor as the 13-week-old fetus tried to escape, then crumpled, on the clinic’s “abortion Saturday,” she said. She looked frantically for another job because she and her husband were a two-income family with a young child. Eventually, as the clinic’s semi-monthly abortion Saturday approached again, Johnson looked out the window of the clinic and saw several members of 40 Days for Life praying outside. “I just thought, ‘That’s where I need to go,’” she recalled. “God was in this the whole time and he is the one who led me out of there.”