Pro-Life Advocate Abby Johnson Endorses Marco Rubio for President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 9, 2016   |   1:52PM   |   Washington, DC

Just hours ahead of the New Hampshire primary election vote, pro-life advocate Abby Johnson announced she has endorsed GOP presidential hopeful Macro Rubio for president. Johnson is the former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion business who now runs a group dedicated to helping other abortion facility workers leave the abortion industry.

“After much prayer, research and discernment, I am making my official endorsement for Marco Rubio in the presidential primary election,” Johnson said in a statement the Rubio campaign provided to

“I have weighed heavily many issues, including foreign policy, immigration and of course the right to life. For me, that Rubio is the candidate who upholds the values that I hold most dear,” Johnson continued. “Several weeks ago, I was asked to sit on a prolife advisory board for Rubio’s campaign. It has been an honor to serve alongside him and his team. That experience has helped further solidify my support for him and his policies.”

Johnson said she “did not make this decision lightly” and called on pro-life voters to “vote for a prolife candidate in this next election. We are truly blessed to have several to choose from!”

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Johnson joins other leading pro-life advocates in endorsing Rubio, such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Senator Deb Fischer, Senator Rick Santorum, Senator Tim Scott, Ashley McGuire, and Scott Klusendorf .

Rubio has been getting significant attention for his statement during last weeks Republican debate about posing abortion in cases of rape or incest. he defended those remarks in a CNN interview over the weekend.

“Well, a couple things. Number one, abortion to me is not a political issue. It’s a human rights issue,” he said.

Rubio continued: “It’s a terrible situation. I mean, a crisis pregnancy, especially as a result of something as horrifying as that, I’m not telling you it’s easy. I’m not here saying it’s an easy choice. It is a horrifying thing what you’ve just described. It’s heartbreaking. It is unimaginable, quite frankly. I get it. I really do. And that’s why this issue is so difficult.But I believe a human being, an unborn child, has a right to live irrespective of the circumstances by which they were conceived. But I know that that’s not a majority of Americans don’t agree with me on that. And that is probably — and that’s why any law that limits abortions that passes will almost certainly have exceptions. And I’ll sign it with exceptions. But I personally believe that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws.”