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Jul 19, 2013
Amazing News from 40 Days for Life
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AbbyExciting things are happening in Texas! Yesterday evening, 40 Days for Life sent out a press release with what David Bereit calls "the biggest news we've EVER shared."

From the release:

Bryan/College Station, Texas -- The most significant abortion center closure -- in the 40 years of legalized abortion since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision-- was made public today when Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. announced that it was shutting down its abortion facility in Bryan/College Station, Texas after fifteen tumultuous years in business.

This is Abby Johnson's former work place!

In 2003, on the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, ABC's Nightline spotlighted pro-life efforts in Bryan/College Station and said the community was "shaping the abortion debate" in America. Since that time, the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility gained worldwide notoriety as:

  • Site of the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in 2004, an effort that has since grown into a worldwide pro-life mobilization of 575,000 volunteers in 501cities around the globe; saving 7,536 babies from abortion, closing 37 abortion centers, and helping 83 workers to quit their jobs in the abortion industry
  • Place where former abortion center director and Planned Parenthood employee of the year Abby Johnson experienced a conversion, quit her job, and became an outspoken pro-life advocate, going on to found And Then There Were None, a new ministry which has since helped 60 other workers to leave the abortion industry over the last year. 

This is amazing news for Texas unborn babies and women, as well as pro-lifers everywhere -- and what a testament to the 40 Days for Life movement and the power of perserverance and prayer.

David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life, said: "This is epic news fifteen years in the making! Thousands of dedicated community members have faithfully prayed and held peaceful vigils outside this abortion center, offered hope and alternatives to turn away prospective Planned Parenthood customers, and educated the community about the harm of Planned Parenthood. These efforts, combined with the decisive action of the Texas legislature, have finally brought about this closure that is an answer to prayer."

Abby Johnson said: "This is what grace truly looks like. Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life. From running that facility, to then advocating for its closure, and now celebrating that dream ... it shows that my life has indeed come full circle. I am honored to have worked with so many who helped with my conversion and the closure of this facility. We will continue to fight until every abortion clinic in this country has shut its doors."

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Jul 18, 2013
A Journey to Peace
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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!

 

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Jul 17, 2013
Virginia's busiest abortion business closes
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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.


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