In August 2013, the Planned Parenthood abortion facility once managed by Abby Johnson officially closed their doors. In 2009, Johnson resigned from her position with the abortion giant after observing an ultrasound-guided abortion. She is now pro-life and wrote a best-selling book exposing Planned Parenthood’s secrets.
The closure of her former clinic, which was located in Bryan, Texas, came after Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks and holds abortion clinics accountable to higher safety standards. The legislation, House Bill 2 (HB2), received national attention because it closed 14 of 23 Texas abortion facilities or prohibited them from offering abortion “services.”
Additionally, pro-abortion activist Wendy Davis filibustered the bill for nearly eleven hours, garnishing the adoration of the abortion industry. However, HB2 passed and Abby Johnson publicly celebrated the closing of her former clinic.
She said, “The Planned Parenthood sign at my former clinic has come down!! It is really closed. I don’t think it has become real for me yet. No more women will walk into that facility to be harmed again. No more children will die inside those walls.” The passage of the legislation also closed down Planned Parenthood facilities in Huntsville and Lufkin.
Now, Johnson’s former clinic will be will be used for life-affirming purposes.
Closed in August of 2013, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan has been sold to Hope Pregnancy Center. The executive director of the faith-based organization, Tracy Frank, says an STD clinic will open in January.
Current services will continue at Hope’s present location in College Station and a $100,000 fundraising campaign has started to finish the purchase and equip the new building. Frank says Drs. Noreen Johnson and Haywood Robinson of Brazos Medical Associates will be partners as on site medical volunteers.
Also at the new location will be EZLabs, which Frank says is a necessary component for a STD clinic.
Frank says those affiliated with the non-profit center wanted to expand, and once the decision was made to pursue this location, they reached out to local donors who provided the money to acquire the property.
As for selecting a former abortion clinic, Frank says it was an opportunity “to redeem the building and use it in a way that would be life-affirming”, have a “positive impact in the community”, and “tear down the gates and the walls and open the building up.”