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“The money wasn’t in family planning, the money wasn’t in prevention, the money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that. I just thought I can’t do this anymore, and it was just like a flash that hit me and I thought, that’s it.”

 – Abby Johnson, former Texas Planned Parenthood Director, explaining why she quit.
She’s now working for a neighborhood pro-life group.
You can read more about her here.

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posted November 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

This is truly an amazing story of grace and the fruit of pro life prayers, from cloistered Carmelites to March for Lifers. Much of the “pro life movement” is simply hidden prayer (in addition to much public prayer) for people like Abbey Johnson. For anyone who wants to “fight the pro life fight” but either doesn’t have time to street counsel, or can’t bring themselves to pray or protest in public, rest assured that nothing is more powerful than prayer, especially Eucharistic prayer and the rosary.
Sooner or later, with enough prayer, God softens hearts, even if by way of abortion ultrasounds. God Bless Abbey Johnson. Winning over one heart at a time will be the success to the end of abortion.

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posted November 3, 2009 at 11:55 am

We thank God that she has had a conversion of heart.
On the other hand, what she has stated is what many of us have said all along regarding Planned Parenthood: It is about the vast amounts of money that abortions bring in.
PP can talk all it wants about pre-natal care, or family planning. Once again, we hear it from one who was in the middle of it.
It is about money (and power). Nothing more. Nothing less.

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posted November 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortion related. Birth control pills, condoms, tubal ligations, vasectomies, STD testing and other services make up the majority of the services. So although these services are likely to be cash flow negative, they do make up the most of what PP does. All these things actually reduce abortion demand.

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posted November 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm

DML are you kidding? Are you clueless to the fact that over 50% of all abortions are a result of FAILED BIRTH CONTROL? Furthermore, as was discussed last week on this board, most contraceptives are abortifacients, including the birth control pill, (just read the insert).
The sooner this country owns up to the fact that abortion is sacred because it “backs up failed birth control or unprotected sex”, the sooner we can face the reality ,consequences, reparations, and healing of our evil.
Planned Parenthood is a genticidal cesspool, successful in already wiping out 50% of the African American population, guilty of cooperation of rape/molestation (many underage girls are permitted abortions “no questions asked”), and of course, corrupting the youth in attempting to convince every American girl over 12 that if she isn’t sexually active, something is wrong with her.
Worst of all, much of it is paid for by our tax monies. I suggest you read some of the early writings of Margaret Sanger, PP’s founder. Nothing has changed; diabolic mission still on target.
At least let’s be honest here DML. America’s love affair with abortion is no more about “A women’s right to choose what’s best for HER body”, anymore than “selective outrage” over pedophiles is out of genuine concern for the abused youth.

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posted November 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Most birth control methods are not abortifacient, and this includes the pill. This myth should be put to bed, the pill blocks ovulation ~99% of the time, ‘breakthrough’ ovulation is very rare. I invite anyone to “read the insert” for themselves.
The Guttmacher Institute very clearly showed that improved access to contraceptives has reduced abortion rates in a worldwide study. This should be a happy occasion, right? An important point raised in their study was that abortion rates are high in countries even when abortion is illegal.
Having lived in the Philippines, a country where birth control options are generally not available to most of the public and abortion is illegal, I can tell you the abortion rate is sky high, to the tune of 400,000 per year. Ironically, when a woman seeks an abortion, she can find illegal operators immediately surrounding many churches where hilots (native witch doctors) advertise their services out in the open. I kid you not.
It is particularly sad that a wife must be compelled to have children against her wishes. The Philippines is a Catholic experiment in anti-abortion and anti-contraception practices taken to its terminal extreme… massive poverty, overpopulation, hunger, high infant mortality, maternal mortality, etc.
I pray that we don’t lose those these rights here in the United States.

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mary ann

posted November 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm

DML – it was the experience of this woman that in HER Planned Parenthood office, most of the attention and money wa sgoing to abortion. You can’t generalize about *this* story and say that 3% of PP’s money goes to abortion. Maybe that’s true nationally (I don’t know) but she should know what was happening in Texas.
Besides… it was less about the money than it was about a spiritual conversion.

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Deacon David

posted November 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm

In a 2003 Guttmacher Institute-conducted study, abortion rates did NOT fall after contraception was introduced in 6 of the 13 countries studied, including the United States, Denmark, and the Netherlands. Abortion rates DID fall after the introduction of contraception in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Tunisia and Switzerland–countries that either have long histories of repression and/or are too tiny to draw broad conclusions. The report’s authors noted that in these latter 7 countries the one constant was that at least 80 percent of the child-bearing-aged population used contraceptives, and concluded that abortion likely would begin to decline below pre-contraception levels in any country that reaches that 80 percent threshold. To say the least, this remains to be seen….
Relationships between Contraception and Abortion: A Review of the Evidence. Journal article by Cicely Marston, John Cleland; International Family Planning Perspectives, Vol. 29, 2003

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posted November 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Deacon David,
One could cherry pick through the data and come up with the conclusions that you have stated, if one focuses on former Eastern Bloc countries where abortion was widely practiced as a routine alternative to contraception.
However, the newer and very comprehensive Guttmacher Institute study that I have referred to can be considered the gold standard on the relationship between contraception and abortion worldwide. Perhaps we should all sit down and read this report, “Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress” easily obtained from their website. Their conclusions… limited access to contraception increases the incidence of abortion.
An overriding them is that countries with high unmet contraceptive needs have high birth rates, high numbers of undesired pregnancies, are “developing” poor countries, and forbid or heavily restrict abortions. Still, their abortion rates are very high and these women are much more likely to incur complications that go untreated.

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted November 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm

I used to consider Guttmacher to be the gold standard, too.
But news like the item below cast doubt on their reliability, and their biases.
Click here.
Dcn. G.

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posted November 4, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Greg, the link you provided is to Life Site News and is entirely biased, unlike the Guttmacher Institute study data.
While the Guttmacher Institute has to live with a variety of methodological limitations in how they can gather information from many parts of the world, I believe they are trying to develop the most accurate base of information from which we can all work from.
I think that the Guttmacher Institute itself has to operate in a delicate political environment. For instance, many of us interested in international development have a desire to reduce the actual number of abortions and advocate empirical, data-driven approaches to achieving these and many other goals such as improved healthcare, HIV prevention and economic development.
Another set of people wish to defend abortion as a freely accessible basic right and because of this, will not even concede the notion that abortion reduction is a good thing, because indirectly, it implies that abortion is bad.

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