Planned Parenthood Director Quits, Joins Coalition For Life; Dead Fish Wrapper and MSM Ignore

For 8 years, Abby Johnson was the director for the Planned Parenthood (aka Abortions 'R Us) clinic in Bryan, Texas.  However, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion and listening to the communications from superiors that they needed to focus on more abortions because they were more lucrative, she couldn't take it any more.  She quit as director and joined Coalition For Life, a pro-life group that protested outside her clinic.

Of course, the media has been ignoring this.  As detailed at Newsbusters:

Remember back in July when Norma McCorvey was arrested for disruptive behavior during the confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor? Wait. Maybe not. The networks only gave her a few cursory seconds, if any. McCorvey is "Jane Roe," the plaintiff in the landmark Roe v Wade lawsuit, and the one-time pro-choicer was shouting for the verdict of her 1973 case to be overturned.
If that's all the notice given the most famous side-switcher in the abortion wars, there's little hope that we'll hear about Abby Johnson in the mainstream media. Johnson, a Planned Parenthood director in Texas, resigned October 6 after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.
"I just thought I can't do this anymore," she said. "And it was just like a flash that hit me and I thought that's it."
Johnson also said that Planned Parenthood had been pressuring her to "bring in more women who wanted abortions," since - in this tough economy - that's where the money is. "The money wasn't in family planning, the money wasn't in prevention," she explained. "The money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that."
So now Johnson walks a block past Planned Parenthood to another building, the Coalition for Life, the pro-life group where she regularly volunteers.
The only media to cover Johnson's resignation has been the local Texas CBS affiliate - but even then it was almost a month after the incident. Why? Well, Planned Parenthood is getting a little worried about Johnson. On Oct. 30 it got a precautionary, temporary restraining order against both Johnson and the Coalition for Life, saying that the "disclosure of certain information" would "irreparably" harm Planned Parenthood. What could the organization possibly have to hide? Maybe racists trying to kill black babies or employees advising girls to deny statutory rape.
A hearing for the restraining order has been set for next week. Perhaps the media will catch the story and give pro-choicers just a few more perfunctory seconds of air time. Or maybe they'll just ignore it.

More details from Fox News (of course the only ones to cover it):

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 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 "It's a very lucrative business and that's why they want to increase numbers."
The former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in southeast Texas says she had a "change of heart" after watching an abortion last month — and she quit her job and joined a pro-life group in praying outside the facility.

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood told that it offers a range of services at it 850 health centers nationwide, providing pregnancy tests, vaccinations and women's health services, "including wellness exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception, and STD testing and treatment."
"Planned Parenthood's focus is on prevention," wrote Diane Quest, the group's National Media Director. "Nationwide, more than 90% of the health care Planned Parenthood affiliates provide is preventive in nature," explaining that a "core component the organization's mission is to help women plan healthy pregnancies and prevent unintended pregnancies."
But Johnson said her bosses told her to change her "priorities" and focus on abortions, which she said made money for the office at a time when the recession has left them hurting.
"For them there's not a lot of money in education," she said. "There's as not as much money in family planning as there is abortion."
Without a doctor in residence, she said, her clinic offered abortions only two days a month, but the doctor could perform 30 to 40 procedures on each day he was there. Johnson estimated that each abortion could net the branch about $350, adding up to more than $10,000 a month.
"The majority of the money was going to the facility," she said.
Johnson said she never got any orders to increase profits in e-mails or letters, and had no way to prove her allegations about practices at the Bryan branch. She told that pressure came in personal interactions with her regional manager from the larger Houston office.
But she said she got involved with the clinic "to help women and ... [do] the right thing," and the idea of raking in cash seemed to go against what she felt was the mission of the 93-year-old organization.
"Ideally my goal as the facility's director is that your abortion numbers don't increase," because "you're providing so much family planning and so much education that there is not a demand for abortion services.
"But that was not their goal," she said.
A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood refused to answer questions about Johnson's accusations, but released a statement noting that a district court had issued a temporary restraining order against the former branch director and against the Coalition for Life, an anti-abortion group with which Johnson is now affiliated.
"We regret being forced to turn to the courts to protect the safety and confidentiality of our clients and staff, however, in this instance it is absolutely necessary," said spokeswoman Rochelle Tafolla.
It is unclear what made Planned Parenthood seek the restraining order. Johnson said she did not intend to release any sensitive information about her former patients at the clinic.

 Unclear?  Ed Morrissey at Hot Air clarifies:

What was the reaction of Planned Parenthood?  They sued Johnson and the Coalition for Life and filed restraining orders against both.  They claim that Johnson and the CFL wanted to breach the confidentiality of their clients, but nothing in the KBTX report indicates that Johnson had any such intention.  In fact, Johnson was unaware of the suit when KBTX’s report went to air last night.
It doesn’t surprise me to see Planned Parenthood pressure its offices to push abortions harder.  That’s their core business, after all, and with less money flowing into the abortion mills, they need to market it more aggressively.  It does remove the veneer of “community service” that PP claims while defending themselves, however.  They’re in the mass-production abortion business, plain and simple, which Johnson finally discovered.

Now, do a quick search on the Fish Wrapper site for "Abby Johnson", and you'll get the same result: nothing.  Now, what do you think the coverage would be like if it was someone leaving Crisis Pregnancy Center and going to Planned Parenthood?  Wall to wall coverage, I'm sure.  But remember, the right to murder a child is a fundamental right guaranteed in the constitution, and the Fish Wrapper doesn't want to let anyone think about the true horrors of abortion.

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