In Her Own Words: Former Planned Parenthood Director Describes Her First (and Last) Ultrasound-Guided Abortion Procedure

Filed under Life & Family, News on January 15th, 2011 by M. French

Former Director of the Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson, recently released a book chronicling her transformation from Planned Parenthood Director to pro-life activist. The first chapter of her book, an account of the day that changed her life, was released on LifeSiteNews in full. Click here to read it. The visiting physician needed Abby’s help with an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13 week old baby. The following is the key section of her account. I dare you to read this and not be shaken.

At first, the baby didn’t seem aware of the cannula. It gently probed the baby’s side, and for a quick second I felt relief. Of course, I thought. The fetus doesn’t feel pain. I had reassured countless women of this as I’d been taught by Planned Parenthood. The fetal tissue feels nothing as it is removed. Get a grip, Abby. This is a simple, quick medical procedure. My head was working hard to control my responses, but I couldn’t shake an inner disquiet that was quickly mounting to horror as I watched the screen.

The next movement was the sudden jerk of a tiny foot as the baby started kicking, as if it were trying to move away from the probing invader. As the cannula pressed its side, the baby began struggling to turn and twist away. It seemed clear to me that it could feel the cannula, and it did not like what it was feeling. And then the doctor’s voice broke through, startling me.

“Beam me up, Scotty,” he said lightheartedly to the nurse. He was telling her to turn on the suction — in an abortion the suction isn’t turned on until the doctor feels he has the cannula in exactly the right place.

I had a sudden urge to yell, “Stop!” To shake the woman and say, “Look at what is happening to your baby! Wake up! Hurry! Stop them!”

But even as I thought those words, I looked at my own hand holding the probe. I was one of “them” performing this act. My eyes shot back to the screen again. The cannula was already being rotated by the doctor, and now I could see the tiny body violently twisting with it. For the briefest moment the baby looked as if it were being wrung like a dishcloth, twirled and squeezed. And then it crumpled and began disappearing into the cannula before my eyes. The last thing I saw was the tiny, perfectly formed backbone sucked into the tube, and then it was gone. And the uterus was empty. Totally empty.

Read her entire account (the first chapter of her book) here, then buy her book via the link at the bottom of the page.



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  1. [...] In Her Own Words: Former Planned Parenthood Director Describes Her First (and Last) Ultrasound-Guide… voiceofrevolution.askdrbrown.org/2011/01/15/in-he…t-and-last-ultrasound-guided-abortion-procedure/ – view page – cached Former Director of the Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson, recently released a book chronicling her transformation from Planned Parenthood Director [...]

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  3. [...] The physical trauma of an abortion has caused so many women to have immediate and long-term complications to their body’s reproductive system. Many are never able to conceive again among other problems. The emotional trauma that is caused can be incredible too. There are reputable studies linking females who have had abortions with more severe emotional and mental issues later in life. Please consider this option very carefully and make it your very last one, or just pull it off your list completely. If you’re still considering abortion please take a look at some of these links and educate yourself as much as possible. http://www.voiceofrevolution.com/2011/01/15/in-her-own-words-former-planned-parenthood-director-desc… , http://bound4life.com/statistics [...]

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