RHS graduate gets national spotlight over abortion change

Johnson Johnson One of the most widely-reported, and most controversial, news stories over the past week has involved a 1997 Rockdale High School graduate.

Abby (Brannam) Johnson quit her job as director of Planned Parenthood's Bryan clinic and has joined a pro-life group which is headquartered near

the clinic.

Johnson, who has been featured on national telev ision and many media outlets during the past week, said she had a "change of heart" after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.

She has joined forces w ith Coalition For Life, which is headquartered down the street from the Planned Parenthood Clinic and whose members regularly pray in front of the clinic.

Johnson was clinic director for two years and worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years.

She has charged that her bosses pressured her to increase profits by performing more abortions.

Planned Parenthood has obtained an injunction against Johnson, and Coalition For Life to prevent her from releasing any records from her eight years of work there.

Attorneys expressed fears that clients' medical records, information about doctors who work at the clinic and the clinic's security measures might be released.

Johnson said Monday she never planned to release any records and did not turn over any documents to Coalition for Life because she did not have any.

Johnson said viewing an abortion on ultrasound changed her view.

"When I was working at Planned Parenthood I was extremely pro-choice," she said. She called the change "a spiritual conversion."

Johnson said she has not found a job since she quit Planned Parenthood on Oct. 6.

"Planned Parenthood's focus is on prevention," Diane Quest, the group's national media director said. "Nationwide more than 90 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood affiliates provide is preventive in nature."

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