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Jul 18, 2013
A Journey to Peace
Pro-life activist Abby Johnson has announced that one of Kermit Gosnell’s former employees is beginning her journey to discover healing. After testifying against Gosnell and confronting the truth of abortion, the anonymous individual embraced the pro-life movement. Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director and founder of an organization that supports those who leave the abortion industry, And Then There Were None, welcomed her with open arms.
Johnson quoted the worker as saying, “When the police came to arrest me, I was filled with a peace that I had never experienced before. I knew that it was over. I knew that I no longer had to work with that man ever again. I knew I would finally be free.”
This past employee joins a courageous coalition of former abortion clinic workers who have realized the inhuman agenda of the abortion industry, and have embarked on a journey of redemption. Angie Andino, former abortion clinic employee, stated, “I no longer keep quiet about what goes on behind the closed doors of Planned Parenthood… It has been such a blessing to be in a working environment where we save lives, not take them.” She advises people who find themselves trapped in the abortion industry to "Listen to your heart. Pray about it. Let God show you the truth.”
It is inspiring to see so many former abortion clinic employees internalize this message. Earlier this year, Gigi Aguilar, a whistleblower from the Aaron Women’s Clinic in Houston, decried Douglass Karpen’s decrepit practices, but joyfully proclaimed that “my eyes were opened to the atrocities and the realities of abortion.” Her former colleague, Deborah Edge, further stated, “My days are brighter knowing that I no longer have to witness abortion and the abuse done to the mothers, not to mention all of the illegal activities done in the clinic.”
These women are just a handful of the many brave individuals who have taken a stand in the face of injustice to defend innocent human lives – and we are so grateful for their irreplaceable witness!
Thank you Abby Johnson, for your commitment to guide these men and women, with unremitting love and compassion, to discover truth! We congratulate the former abortion clinic employees for finding the strength to stand up on behalf of the unborn and women and will continue to keep you in our prayers as you continue your journeys.
Please visit the And Then There Were None website and support the work of Abby’s ministry!
Tags: abby johnson, ATTWN, Kermit Gosnell
Jul 17, 2013
Virginia's busiest abortion business closes
The busiest abortion facility in Virginia is shutting down this month. This is a huge victory for pro-life Virginians, who for years have prayed outside Nova Women’s Healthcare in Farifax, Virginia during 40 Days for Life campaigns. Nova Women’s Healthcare was sued by its landlord twice in the past three years and has a long history of substandard, dangerous medical practices that have repeatedly required abortion patients to be hospitalized.
A new Virginia law holding abortion facilities medically accountable helped put an end to Nova’s dangerous practices. The property owners of the building Nova leased terminated Nova’s lease on the grounds that the abortion business created a nuisance—the women who Nova preyed upon were regularly found vomiting and bleeding in the hallways of the building.
Nova then attempted to apply for a building permit (as a “health spa”!), but had one too few parking spots to comply with city ordinances. Pro-life residents across Northern Virginia stormed a Fairfax City Council meeting to express their displeasure with Nova’s attempts to re-open in their community. The Fairfax City Council also amended its zoning ordinance to require that all clinics, hospitals, urgent care facilities, surgical centers, or henceforward be called medical care facilities, and obtain a special-use permit and approval from the council.
This is the 30th abortion facility to close in 2013 alone. The number of abortion businesses in the United States has been substantially decreasing since the early 1990s. As recently-passed pro-life laws provide women with the opportunity to see their unborn children on ultrasounds, encouraging women to chose life, and as abortion facilities are held to proper medical standards therefore cracking down on Gosnell-like abortion centers, we can expect to see more and more victories.
SBA List is grateful to the local pro-life activists who spoke up at their city council meeting and the city council members who amended the zoning ordinance! Please take a moment to thank the council members!
You can watch a video of the pro-life testimonies at the Fairfax City Council meeting here.
Tags: VA, virginia
Jul 16, 2013
A Hope from Harry
Last month, the US House of Representatives passed the historic bill to protect the lives of unborn children who feel pain by banning abortion after 20 weeks. At that time, many pro-lifers were highly doubtful that formerly “pro-life,” currently pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would bring up similar legislation in the Senate. At least until next year, the Senate is controlled by an ardently pro-abortion Democratic majority. The chances of Reid allowing a vote on the bill seemed dim.
However, there may yet be some hope. Appearing on Meet the Press over the weekend, Reid, while certainly not returning to his pro-life roots, seemed to open the door to considering the bill. After repeatedly dodging David Gregory’s question regarding the reasonableness of banning brutal late-term abortions, Reid finally conceded that he was “happy to take a look” at a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. Reid stressed that he doesn’t want to focus on “fringe issues,” and argued that Congress should “do things that the vast majority of the American people think we should deal with.”
But here’s the thing: Banning dangerous, late-term abortions would certainly qualify. Indeed, polling has consistently shown strong opposition to late-term abortions. Even a new poll from the left-leaning Huffington Post asserts that what Reid called a fringe issue is in fact a radically mainstream idea. Let’s hope that Harry Reid was serious when he volunteered to “take a look.” We’ll be happy to take him up on the offer. If he refuses to allow debate on the bill, it’s our job to show him where the fringe really is.
Tags: Late-term abortion, U.S. Senate