It’s been almost a year since Alexis McGill Johnson became the acting president and CEO of the largest abortion chain in America.
Johnson, who served on the board at Planned Parenthood before leading the billion-dollar nonprofit, recently told The Cut how she loves the “power” of her work.
“I get fired up for justice and freedom. I find a lot of power in being in service,” she said.
Johnson, whose background is in politics, not health care, took over not long after Planned Parenthood fired Dr. Leana Wen from the role. Wen said one of the criticisms against her was that she “did not prioritize abortion enough.”
In her interview with The Cut, Johnson explained how she is working to keep elective abortions legal and easily accessible throughout the U.S. During the coronavirus pandemic, Planned Parenthood has been fighting state restrictions on non-essential medical care that include elective abortions.
“We’re working in real time, through weekends,” Johnson said. “As you can imagine, when these orders come down, we gotta pull together communications, legal, our policy teams, our affiliates.
“The lengths that anti-abortion politicians will go to, to decide that a global pandemic is the time to continue to play this political game, is not surprising for us. We have a strong pushback muscle,” she continued.
While they hope to win their legal battles, she said they also are preparing for what would happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Johnson acknowledged that it is a possibility because President Donald Trump appointed more than 190 conservative judges to federal courts since he took office.
But Planned Parenthood is exercising its massive budget and political muscle to try to keep that from happening. Planned Parenthood is a $1.6 billion “nonprofit” that did more than 345,000 abortions last year. Its patient numbers and actual health services have been dropping steadily in recent years, even while it insists that it is an essential health care provider. Last year, it announced plans to spend at least $45 million in 2020 to defeat Trump and other pro-life candidates.
The abortion chain’s lawyers are fighting abortion restrictions at the U.S. Supreme Court, too. Johnson said they submitted an amicus brief to the high court several months ago, arguing against a Louisiana regulation that requires abortion facilities to have hospital admitting privileges for patient emergencies.
“And it’s filled with provider’s stories of what they do every day to ensure access,” Johnson said. “There are times when the shock of what someone has said or done, how inhumane they are being, really gets to you. It’s heartbreaking to think about a woman getting in her car in Lubbock, Texas and driving to L.A. for an abortion, that’s just madness.”
What really is inhumane is fighting against laws that protect lives. And what really is heartbreaking is the abortion chain’s bent on ending the lives of unique, innocent unborn babies.