Friday, July 19, 2013

Site of First 40 Days for Life vigil - abortion clinic closes

Planned Parenthood has announced that it is closing its clinic in Bryan/College Station Texas. This was the site of the very first 40 Days for Life vigil. This is the clinic whose director had a dramatic conversion and left the abortion industry, becoming a major voice in the pro-life movement. 

Since her leaving Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson has started a ministry called And Then There Were None, a ministry whose purpose is to help abortion clinic workers leave their jobs, find new employment, and make the huge changes required in the new direction they have chosen. 

If this can happen in Texas, it can happen here too. I look forward to seeing the results from this fall's vigil. As well as the vigil, there are going to be pro-life signs in a couple of places around the city. So the message will be seen in a few places. Although our efforts here in Canada are going to take longer to see results, those results will come. We can't remain in the disgraceful position we are currently in: one of three countries in the world where there are absolutely no protections for life in utero.  The other two countries are China and North Korea. Not exactly the best company to keep when it comes to human rights.

Bryan/College Station, Texas -- The most significant 
abortion center closure -- in the 40 years of legalized 
abortion since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision 
-- was made public today when Planned Parenthood Gulf 
Coast, Inc. announced that it was shutting down its 
abortion facility in Bryan/College Station, Texas after 
fifteen tumultuous years in business. 

In 2003, on the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, ABC's 
Nightline spotlighted pro-life efforts in Bryan/College 
Station and said the community was "shaping the abortion 
debate" in America. Since that time, the local Planned 
Parenthood abortion facility gained worldwide notoriety as: 
 * Site of the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in 
   2004, an effort that has since grown into a worldwide 
   pro-life mobilization of 575,000 volunteers in 501 
   cities around the globe; saving 7,536 babies from 
   abortion, closing 37 abortion centers, and helping 83 
   workers to quit their jobs in the abortion industry 
 * Place where former abortion center director and 
   Planned Parenthood employee of the year Abby Johnson 
   experienced a conversion, quit her job, and became an 
   outspoken pro-life advocate, going on to found And 
   Then There Were None, a new ministry which has since 
   helped 60 other workers to leave the abortion 
   industry over the last year 
 * Home of the Coalition for Life, the grassroots 
   organization which Planned Parenthood credited for 
   making the community "the most anti-choice place in 
   the nation" in which Planned Parenthood experienced 
   its "most consistent and active" opposition in the 

David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life, 
said: "This is epic news fifteen years in the making! 
Thousands of dedicated community members have faithfully 
prayed and held peaceful vigils outside this abortion 
center, offered hope and alternatives to turn away 
prospective Planned Parenthood customers, and educated 
the community about the harm of Planned Parenthood. 
These efforts, combined with the decisive action of 
the Texas legislature, have finally brought about this 
closure that is an answer to prayer." 

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life campaign director, said: 
"As the birthplace of 40 Days for Life and the place 
where Abby Johnson resigned after eight years working 
for America's largest abortion chain, this is a huge 
victory for the entire pro life movement! Peaceful and 
prayerful local opposition to abortion is ending 
abortion from the grassroots up." 

Bobby Reynoso, executive director of the Coalition for 
Life, said: "I was surprised when Abby Johnson walked 
through our doors back in 2009, but today I am not. 
Victories like these should be expected when a community 
of faith stands up against the greatest injustice of the 
day. How little was my faith then, but today I'm reminded 
once again of how great a God we serve." 

Abby Johnson, former Bryan/College Station Planned 
Parenthood abortion center director and founder of And 
Then There Were None, said: "This is what grace truly 
looks like. Knowing that the former abortion clinic I 
once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory 
of my life. From running that facility, to then advocating 
for its closure, and now celebrating that dream ... it 
shows that my life has indeed come full circle. I am 
honored to have worked with so many who helped with my 
conversion and the closure of this facility. We will 
continue to fight until every abortion clinic in this 
country has shut its doors." 

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