(CNSNews.com) – Abby Johnson, a former director for Planned Parenthood turned pro-life activist and author, is challenging Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards to a public debate on whether Congress should continue to provide taxpayer funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider.
Johnson, who worked for eight years at Planned Parenthood’s Bryan, Texas clinic, said she could provide unique perspective “as a former insider who is now here to tell the truth about how Planned Parenthood operates.”
Johnson’s book, “Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line,” detailed her move from abortion rights advocate to pro-life activist. She witnessed an ultrasound-guided abortion, and it changed her life. “I was taking a new stand, beginning a new life,” she said.
“For many years I was part of the deception that taxpayer funds don’t finance abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics, the deception that Planned Parenthood wants to reduce the number of abortions, and the deception that Planned Parenthood’s highest priority is women’s health and safety. You continue to repeatedly perpetuate these deceptions and the public deserves to know the truth,” Johnson said in a letter to Richards on Monday.
I for one would trade Super Bowl tickets for tickets to see this debate. I just got off the phone with Abby and told her that the Stand True family would be praying for her and cheering her on if Cecile Richards had the courage to accept this challenge. Abby is excited and really want Cecile to face off in front of America and face the truth.
Here is the letter Abby sent to Cecile –
Ms. Cecile Richards
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
434 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
March 1, 2011
Dear Ms. Richards,
I write to formally challenge you to a public debate, through a mutually agreed upon media forum, on the issue of whether or not Congress should continue to provide taxpayers’ dollars to Planned Parenthood. This issue has received a great deal of media coverage in recent days and weeks.
I worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years at its Bryan, Texas clinic. For over two of those years I was clinic director and in 2008 I was named Planned Parenthood’s “employee of the year” for Texas. Given my experience with Planned Parenthood, I believe I can give the public a needed perspective – as a former insider who is now here to tell the truth about how Planned Parenthood operates.
For many years I was part of the deception that taxpayer funds don’t finance abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics, the deception that Planned Parenthood wants to reduce the number of abortions, and the deception that Planned Parenthood’s highest priority is women’s health and safety. You continue to repeatedly perpetuate these deceptions and the public deserves to know the truth.
Given one-third of Planned Parenthood’s funding comes from taxpayers, and that Planned Parenthood’s own reporting notes it performs over 324,000 abortions per year, it defies all logic and common sense to say taxpayers are not financing abortions at these clinics.
Recent undercover investigations by Live Action have unveiled disturbing revelations of Planned Parenthood’s willingness to aid and abet self-identified sex traffickers – to the extent that the New Jersey Attorney General has opened an investigation. There have been repeated instances, covered by wide variety of news accounts, of Planned Parenthood providing abortions to underage girls without reporting names and information to law enforcement despite being required to do so for the purpose of pursuing charges of statutory rape. Just this week, it was revealed in court proceedings in Kansas, a Planned Parenthood clinic in that state failed to report 164 instances of underage abortions to law enforcement, which likely allowed numerous statutory rape cases to go uninvestigated, much less prosecuted.
In difficult economic times, when working families are stretched, taxpayers already bearing a heavy burden, and the national debt exceeds $14 trillion, the debate over whether or not Congress should continue to annually provide over $300 million in taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood is pivotal. Your organization turned a profit of over $63 million according to is most recently available annual report, yet Planned Parenthood somehow continues to call itself a “non-profit.” The deceptions must stop. I look forward to your prompt response.
Please pray for Abby and that Cecile would be willing to take on this debate so America can hear the truth.