Ex-Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson Joins Live Action

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 16, 2011   |   2:12PM   |   Washington, DC

In a pairing that promises the Planned Parenthood abortion business will face more pressure over its taxpayer funding and abuses like exploiting sexually trafficked teens, a former Planned Parenthood director is joining a key pro-life group.

Abby Johnson, who rocked Planned Parenthood’s world when she stepped down from her position as the head of a southeast Texas Planned Parenthood abortion facility, will join forces with Live Action, the pro-life group responsible for the undercover videos that have brought massive negative attention to the abortion group.

Johnson will join the Live Action team as Chief Research Strategist, the pro-life group told LifeNews.com today.

“Abby Johnson has seen the abuses inside Planned Parenthood with her own eyes and confirms the danger its clinics pose to women and young girls,” stated Live Action President Lila Rose.

“She is a courageous trailblazer despite Planned Parenthood’s desperate attempts to attack her and silence the truth,” Rose said. “We are thrilled and very thankful to have Abby join our team and are confident that her first-hand experience, conviction and guidance will provide invaluable counsel to Live Action as we advance our common goal of protecting women and children from the abuses of Planned Parenthood.”

Johnson worked and volunteered for Planned Parenthood for eight years until October of 2009 when she witnessed a 13-week old baby in an ultrasound lose the fight for its life in the womb. Those experiences will give Live Action unparalleled access to her insights into how Planned parenthood works and the best way to expose additional shady practices outside of the recent videos highlighting its staffers arranging for abortions for allegedly underage girls illegally brought to the Untied States to be victimized in the se trade.

Now pro-life following her seeing an abortion performed at the Planned Parenthood center, Johnson’s book Unplanned quickly rose up the book sales charts and was one of the most sold books on Amazon and other lists last month.

Since her conversion of heart, Johnson has also confirmed that the alarming incidents revealed by Live Action’s undercover investigations are not isolated incidents.

“I can tell you from experience that Planned Parenthood often turns a blind eye to sexual abuse and trafficking – what you see in Live Action’s videos is not a rare occurrence,” Johnson says. “But ignorance is no defense, especially when it has turned their clinics into a safe haven for those who sexually exploit women and girls. This is not a training problem so much as it is an ideology problem.”

“I am humbled and eager to begin this partnership with Live Action so that together we can expose the serious harm Planned Parenthood poses to the most vulnerable among us,” Johnson added.

Live Action has previously released more than a dozen hidden camera videos from ten states. This body of visual evidence shows several alarming patterns of illegal Planned Parenthood activities including the willingness to aid and abet the sex trafficking of young girls, the cover-up of sexual abuse of minors, the skirting of parental consent laws, citing unscientific and fabricated medical information to manipulate women to have abortions, and Planned Parenthood’s willingness to accept donations earmarked to abort African-American babies.