Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, has released a book on her conversion to the pro-life position. The catalyst point was her personal participation in an actual abortion procedure. The book is called unPlanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line
The quote below is from an article and interview in the Baptist Press.
"...In her last year with the clinic she was having more difficulty justifying her work. But it was not until an afternoon in September 2009 that Johnson came face to face with the reality of abortion. It would no longer be a simple matter of numbers on paper or a discussion in a management meeting.
Never had she been called into the procedure room to help with an abortion. In the past she had been in the room to hold a patient's hand or give counsel to patients during the process. But on this day the visiting abortionist was performing an ultrasound-guided abortion, an unprecedented procedure in her clinic. Johnson would witness -- in real time -- the life of a 13-week-old baby taken. She held the ultrasound probe on the woman's abdomen so the doctor could see the baby and the instrument as he did his work. The procedure was visible on a monitor.
The shock of witnessing an abortion in progress made Johnson question everything she had believed and advocated about the work of Planned Parenthood.
In her book, Johnson recalled thinking, "I had believed a lie! I had blindly promoted the 'company line' for so long. Why? Why hadn't I searched out the truth for myself? Why had I closed my ears to the arguments I'd heard? Oh, dear God, what had I done?"
Two weeks later she resigned her position as director of the clinic and walked to the offices of Shawn Carney of the Coalition for Life."This is happening more and more. Truth does win in the end!
Update (1/19/11) New article in Christianity Today: Pro-life Challenges, From a Former Planned Parenthood Director's View.