During President Obama’s speech to a group supporting the nation’s largest abortion chain, he claimed that “Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere” now, or in the future.
Guess what, Obama? Neither are we.
Of the 97 original Planned Parenthood affiliates that once stood, only 80 remain. Just in the last few weeks, four Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin are closing down because they have been stripped of taxpayer funding. Clinic workers have left and publicly outed the disgusting Planned Parenthood center in Delaware, noting its dangerous conditions and the fact that five women were hospitalized in a five-week period from botched abortions at this one location. That center has been closed. In 2009, Texas had over 90 Planned Parenthood centers in the state. There are now fewer than 60 locations.
Obama reiterated Cecile Richards’s own words describing Planned Parenthood as “the only organization that she’s ever been at where there are opponents who . . . ’literally get up every day trying to figure out how to keep us from doing our work.” Planned Parenthood’s work consists of killing over 330,000 preborn boys and girls every single year while raking in over half a billion taxpayer dollars annually.
Since June 2012, 51 abortion-clinic workers have come through And Then There Were None, a ministry I launched last summer to help clinic workers quit their jobs, gain new employment, and find healing from their work in the abortion industry. Our most recent initiative, Exodus2013 — Leave the Abortion Industry Day, yielded much fruit. We had five abortion workers contact us, ready to quit their jobs with our support. Many of these former employees have come from Planned Parenthood centers across the country, and several are ready to speak out about their experiences in the abortion industry.
Sometimes, Planned Parenthood employees send us e-mails they receive regarding our work. Just before Exodus2013, a Planned Parenthood affiliate sent out a mass e-mail describing ATTWN as “a group [trying] to intimidate our current employees.” The fact that they even mentioned ATTWN is a surefire sign that they are terrified of the ministry and the former workers that come to us for help. Planned Parenthood went on to tell their employees that “you will not let these sorts of intimidation techniques sway you from our mission. . . . We, at Planned Parenthood, are committed to the growth and advancement of our staff. We are confident you will remain with us.” But there is good reason to question that the momentum is on their side. Even former NARAL president Nancy Keenan noticed the youth presence at the Rally for Life in D.C. in 2010, “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” she said. ”There are so many of them, and they are so young.”
President Obama and Planned Parenthood can publicly continue to cling to their false sense of security all they like. Their days are numbered, and they know it. They are feeling the pressure of an increasingly powerful pro-life movement, and we are not slowing down.
— Abby Johnson is author of Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line.