Ramona Trevino resigned her post at Planned Parenthood as a manager of an abortion-referral center earlier this year, making her the second Texas-based Planned Parenthood staffer to call it quits, following Abby Johnson.
Trevino said that, even though the Planned Parenthood clinic she managed did not perform surgical abortions, she was struggling “with [her] conscience . . . on contraception, abortion and [her] role in it all.” The facility where she worked closed last month after Texas legislators and Governor Rick Perry signed off on legislation revoking tens of millions in state taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood.
She talked with the Houston Chronicle recently about the three years she spent working for Planned Parenthood, saying that, as a 34-year-old mother and Catholic, she had a change of heart on pro-life issues. As her teenage daughter got older, Trevino said she found it increasingly difficult to provide birth control and contraception to women with multiple sexual partners.
“You send them away with a birth control script, but is that really going to help the problem?” she said.
Now, Trevino is a spokeswoman for 40 Days for Life in Dallas where she told the newspaper she wants to reach out to help women who have had abortions.
“I know that as long as abortion is legal, women are going to continue to choose that option,” she said. “Our job as Christians is not to judge that decision, but to help them heal from it.”
Trevino said she was inspired by Johnson, who directed a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Bryan, Texas, and has become a celebrity within the pro-life movement for leaving the abortion industry and now working full-time to expose and stop it.
“I identified with her, and I felt her desire to help women. That’s why we both started working at Planned Parenthood in the first place,” Trevino told the Chronicle.
She told the newspaper that she is “absolutely” sure there are more Planned Parenthood and abortion facility workers like her and Johnson who are working despite qualms they have with abortion. As Johnson explained recently, they are the linchpin to stopping abortions — as persuading them to stop working for the abortion giant will make it more difficult for Planned Parenthood to operate.
Johnson shared her ideas with more than 5,000 people who tuned in to a national webcast sponsored by 40 Days for Life and she explained how she thinks abortions can be stopped or, at least severely reduced, even within the confines of legalized abortion. With the day that the Supreme Court overturns Roe or upholds some sort of abortion ban or amendment protecting unborn children likely a long way off, webcast viewers were interested in hearing Johnson’s ideas.
Abby said she speaks regularly with people who are former workers at abortion centers or want to get out of the abortion industry and are looking for help to do so. She says she is in contact with such people on a weekly basis and she believes helping abortion staffers leave their jobs is the Achilles Heel for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry and could be the key to stopping considerable numbers of abortions by closing down abortion centers via lack of staff.
“Planned Parenthood’s greatest fear is that clinic workers will leave and that they will come out against them and that they will air their dirty laundry, just like I did, and they will expose their secrets,” Johnson said.
She explained that the proof to that is in the lawsuit the Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood abortion business filed against her seeking to silence her from revealing the secrets behind Planned Parenthood after she left the abortion business. Johnson ultimately won the lawsuit and is able to share information about her experiences and insight into Planned Parenthood operations.