Thousands of pro-life advocates on Monday night were introduced to the latest Planned Parenthood official to quit working for the abortion business and become a pro-life advocate.
Sue Thayer, former Planned Parenthood manager from Storm Lake, Iowa, shared her conversion story with thousands of pro-life people who participated in a webcast sponsored by 40 Days for Life to wrap up its latest successful campaign resulting in more than 500 unborn children saved from abortions.
“Sue spoke out publicly about her 17 years of working inside Planned Parenthood and witnessing — first hand — how the organization was aggressively striving to increase their abortion numbers,” said Shawn Carney, the director of 40 Days. “As someone who had believed the lie that Planned Parenthood was all about “preventing abortions,” Sue voiced her concerns about this within Planned Parenthood … and they promptly fired her.”
“After a time of healing from her experiences, Sue took a leap of faith this fall and led the 40 Days for Life campaign outside the Planned Parenthood center she used to manage,” Carney said. “Like you, Sue spent this fall praying for an end to abortion … but Sue was also praying for those who used to work with her inside Planned Parenthood.”
During her time as the manager for the abortion business, Thayer said the “dirty little secret” of Planned Parenthood that she learned is that Planned Parenthood was doing everything it could to encourage and increase the number of abortions rather than prevent them.
“Abortion became a number or a goal,” she said.
Thayer also talked about telemed abortions — where Planned Parenthood gives women the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug via a videoconference but denies them an in-person visit with a physician as recommended by the FDA. She said the focus on increasing telemed abortions is designed to reduce costs by keeping “little overhead.”
Thayer said she was driven out of the abortion business after she expressed her views that Planned Parenthood put its profit motive ahead of the care and well-being of women.
Carney said the addition of new prolife advocates who formerly worked in the abortion industry is a big step forward for both 40 Days for Life and the pro-life movement as it attempts to continue reducing the number of abortions while simultaneously working to obtain legal protection for unborn children.
David Bereit, another 40 Days for Life leader, said the pro-life movement is focused on systematically removing every revenue stream going into Planned Parenthood centers — focusing on cutting taxpayer funding and targeting corporate donations. He said the focus is also on stopping Planned Parenthood fundraising events using local businesses.
“Boy, it’s been fun to talk to Abby [Johnson] about how frustrating it was to cancel those fundraising events,” said Bereit.
“During Monday night’s breakthrough webcast, we shared the many blessings and answered prayers that God has provided through your sacrificial efforts surrounding this fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign,” Carney said. “And with your prayers and help, this work will continue to grow in 2012 — thanks to a few generous donors who’ve put up a matching gift.”