Former Planned Parenthood employee Abby Johnson, now a pro-life advocate, is out with a new commercial to address pro-choice claims that Planned Parenthood Federation of America primarily provides women’s healthcare services and to expose the million-dollar group’s true objective – abortion.
A national television campaign was launched Tuesday by non-profit Life Always and features Johnson’s personal testimony about PPFA’s abortion-reliant business model. While pro-choice ads assert that PPFA clinics provide preventative care, Johnson shares with viewers the stark truth.
She begins, "I used to tell women that abortion removed a mass of tissue, but that's not true. I had to account for the body parts of aborted babies."
“Yes, Planned Parenthood prevents pregnancies, but it also provides over 320,000 abortions each year," Johnson says in the commercial. “They won't protect your child because there's no money in doing that."
"Abortion ends in death. Can you live with that? I couldn't,” she concludes.
Johnson, who resigned after working at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan/College Station, Texas, for eight years, says one of the reasons she chose to launch the commercial was to bring to light the facts that reveal what PPFA is all about.
"While Planned Parenthood is quick to claim that only 3 percent of what they provide are abortion services, that equated to taking the lives of 332,278 unborn children in 2009."
According to Life Always board member, the Rev. Derek McCoy, the new campaign is designed to accentuate “the gross inaccuracies that Planned Parenthood portrays to the public” while bringing awareness to the respect for life.
During last week’s U.S. Senate vote on the House’s budgetary measure to defund PPFA, celebrities such as Gabrielle Union and Gwyneth Paltrow were featured in TV ads asserting that the debate was about eliminating access to women’s services, not abortion. Senate members also rallied with PPFA for the cause of women's health care.
Rejecting such advertising as false, Life Always board chairman Pastor Stephen Broden maintained, "Planned Parenthood is in a multi-billion dollar business and through slick advertising and sophisticated messaging they have deceived many into believing they exist to help women. Planned Parenthood hurts women, babies and families, and abortions harm women."
Pro-life advocates have contended that their advocacy, by contrast, is driven by their concern for women and children’s care. “If you look at who is leading the charge on this, it's women,” Penny Nance, the CEO of Concerned Women for America, told The Christian Post earlier. “We are doing it to protect women.”
Nance refuted PPFA claims that she and other pro-life advocates are “extremists” who are attacking “critical health services.” She called the argument that cutting Title X funds to PPFA will cut women’s health care services “a smokescreen.”
“The Planned Parenthood brand is one that is truly used to promote abortion,” proclaimed Nance. She cited PPFA documents showing that 98 percent of pregnant women who receive services at a Planned Parenthood clinic, receive abortions.
Johnson, once a model employee with PPFA until she witnessed an abortion procedure, quit in 2009. Her change of heart created a firestorm of media coverage. She was soon called on to appear on television programs, and was later sued unsuccessfully by PPFA. Over a year after the ordeal, Johnson has written and published her story in a book entitled Unplanned. She also works with a number pro-life groups including 40 Days for Life, Life Action and Life Always, where she is a board member.
Life Always has launched a number of publicity campaigns, including billboards in New York and St. Louis that read, "The Most Dangerous Place for an African American is in the Womb,” and another in Chicago that features Barack Obama's image and reads, “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted.”
The latest television campaign featuring Johnson is airing on MSNBC and FOX News this week.