New Abby Johnson Television Ad Takes on Planned Parenthood

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 19, 2011   |   11:16AM   |   Washington, DC

Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director Abby Johnson has released a new ad that takes on the much-disputed 3 percent figure Planned Parenthood uses to minimize the extensive nature of its abortion business.

Johnson is the former director of the abortion facility Planned Parenthood ran in Bryan-College Station, Texas and she has since become pro-life and spoken out about how Planned Parenthood makes about 40 percent of its income off of abortions and pushes centers like the one she ran to sell them to women.

Although Planned Parenthood’s own figures reveal more than 95 percent of pregnant women who enter Planned Parenthood centers receive abortions as opposed to prenatal care or adoption referrals, officials with abortion business, during the debate on yanking its federal taxpayer funding, claimed just three percent of all services at Planned Parenthood involve abortion.

Today, the pro-life group Life Always, on whose board Johnson sits, is launching a new national television campaign. The commercial will air on MSNBC and FOX News this week.

Johnson, who was a Planned Parenthood employee of the year, says one of the reasons to launch the commercial was to expose that fact that “while Planned Parenthood is quick to claim that only 3% of what they provide are abortion services, that equated to taking the lives of 332,278 unborn children in 2009.”

“Planned Parenthood reduces the child before birth to an object, a ‘choice’, a thing of less-than-human status. Their support of women’s rights tramples on the rights of the child,” Johnson told

In her new commercial, Johnson says, “I used to tell women that abortion removed a mass of tissue, but that’s not true. I had to account for the body parts of aborted babies.”

Johnson points out that Planned Parenthood’s business model relies on income from abortions. “They won’t protect your child,” she says, “because there’s no money in doing that.”

When Abby Johnson left Planned Parenthood, they filed a restraining order to keep her from talking. A judge denied the request. “They don’t want Americans to talk about the issue because they don’t want people to learn the ugly realities behind it,” she added.

Life Always board member Rev. Derek McCoy said the group is running the new commercial because it “continues our efforts to bring awareness to the respect for life issue and accentuates the gross inaccuracies that Planned Parenthood portrays to the public.”

“From sexual abuse cover up, to racism, to untruths made by Planned Parenthood executives it provides a clear picture on what Planned Parenthood is really about … abortion,” he said. “All Children deserve an opportunity and a chance to live, as well as mothers receiving appropriate care and counsel.”

Life Always board chairman Pastor Stephen Broden adds: “Planned Parenthood is in a multi-billion dollar business and through slick advertising and sophisticated messaging they have deceived many into believing they exist to help women. Planned Parenthood hurts women, babies and families, and abortions harm women.”

The full television commercial has Johnson saying:

I was a Planned Parenthood Director and Employee of the Year.  I used to tell women that abortions removed a mass of tissue, but that’s not true.  I had to account for the body parts of aborted babies.  Yes, Planned Parenthood prevents pregnancies, but they also provide over 320,000 abortions each year.  They won’t protect your child, there’s no money in doing that.  Abortion ends in death. Can you live with that? I couldn’t.