Florida Abortion Practitioner Quits Sooner Than Expected

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 22, 2012   |   11:53AM   |   Orlando, FL

Orlando, Florida-based abortion practitioner Scott Spagnolo-Hye was expected to quit doing abortions next month, but it appears he may have already ended his career as an abortion practitioner at local abortion centers.

As LifeNews reported recently, Spagnolo-Hye revealed in a videotaped conversation that June 2 will be the last day he does abortions in the central Florida city. Jill Stanek uncovered the video showing him speaking to a local pro-life advocate, one of many who have protested at his four abortion centers.

“June 2 is my last day,” Spagnolo-Hye said, and he added that he would be shifting to family practice medicine.

Now, Stanek says Spagnolo-Hye has not been seen at the abortion facility since activist John Barros videotaped him announcing he was leaving the industry as of June 2. Stanek indicates Barros reported a worker has told him Spagnolo-Hye has quit, and “they are now having to shuffle schedules and will not be open on Sundays for the foreseeable future.”

“Those praying for Spagnolo-Hye’s immediate departure from the abortion industry may have had their prayers answered,” she said.

Stanek says the knowledge gleaned from the conversations with Hye shows why it is important for pro-life advocates to both oppose abortion at abortion clinics but also to maintain good relationships with abortion practitioners and staff, since many have stopped doing abortions and converted to the pro-life position.

“On one hand pro-lifers must condemn their work and use all legal tools necessary – such as picketing homes, as in the picture, right – to try to persuade not only a change of occupation but also a change of heart, for the sake of their souls,” Stanek says. “On the other hand pro-lifers try to reach out to abortion workers on a personal level to let them know they are there for them should they decide to leave the trade, and are praying for them as well. So, while relationships between the two sides may be understandably strained, I just as often hear almost unimaginable stories, except by the grace of God, of relationships built – of the pro-lifer going for coffee with the abortionist, etc.”



“Abby Johnson is an example of an abortion clinic worker whose first thought was to go to the very people who had been picketing her Planned Parenthood for years when she decided to make her escape. And during this spring’s 40 Days for Life prayer campaign, eight workers quit, for a total of 69 over the last 10 campaigns since 2007,” the pro-life nurse continued. “It’s a strange world Christians must navigate, isn’t it? Let’s all pray for Spagnolo-Hye, that he indeed leaves the terrible world he’s a part of and turns to God. He certainly seemed happy in the video with his decision.”