Commentary: Abby Johnson: Whose Choice? My Choice

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I just stood there…and cried.  I closed my eyes.  I could feel their breath on my neck.  They were yelling inches from my ear. “Whose choice? My choice.”  I had forgotten what this darkness felt like.  I opened my eyes and saw a familiar face.  It was one of my former friends from Planned Parenthood.

I smiled and waved when I saw her.  It was as if I had forgotten that we were no longer friends…not because of who I am, but because of what I now defend.  She mouthed something profane at me…very slowly so I would be sure to catch what she said.  Now I remembered.  We were not on the same side.  Our eight-year-long friendship was gone…no matter how much I had wished it wasn’t.

I was standing in the largest rotunda in Texas State Capitol.  There were about five of us prolifers…thousands of people  surrounded us…people who supported abortion…people I used to be.

There were many other prolifers there, but they were in the gallery, in legislative offices, and in lines to get into the gallery.  I had to be in the middle.  I had to feel that heaviness.  Sometimes I forget what it feels like.  I need to be reminded from time to time…it reminds me why I fight so hard and what we are truly up against.

I was at the Capitol every day.  Most of the time there wasn’t much to do.  But it was important just to be there…in our blue shirts…with our peaceful and prayerful attitude.  The abortion supporters were profane.  They were vulgar.  They had succumbed to evil and they didn’t even know it.  We had to be there.  Because when we showed up, Christ showed up. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Former Gosnell Worker Seeking Jesus

A recent article shares the news that a former Kermit Gosnell employee is reaching out to pro-life warrior Abby Johnson in seeking to change her life. After the details of the case and the reality of her part in it, the former worker is claiming to be pro-life and wanting to have a relationship with Jesus. Abby Johnson told TheBlaze.com:

“We have been praying for all of the [Gosnell] workers — but this worker in particular by name for months and months, so to have her contact us was pretty exciting…She wants to live a Christ-like life…She’s going to need to know that there’s support from the pro-life community and not condemnation.”  This is why we defend life and share our views, for the Gospel. The ultimate end is not that everyone be pro-life, the ultimate end is that everyone know Jesus. Sharing the sanctity of human life in light of the Gospel is a great way to help people start a relationship with Christ. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Abby Johnson Launches “Exodus 2013″ for Abortion Workers

Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate, is launching an annual “leave the abortion industry day” called “Exodus 2013. The day is designed to encourage others, like her, that know they can do so much more with their lives than help Planned Parenthood kill unborn children. A recent article shares Abby’s vision:

“Monday, April 8 is Day of Exodus 2013.  Simply put, it is the day of the year that abortion clinic workers who are ready to quit their jobs do so, in exodus. Whatever led you to work in the abortion industry, please realize that this isn’t your full potential.  If you feel bound to your job in an abortion clinic (whether it’s financial struggles, pressure from friends or family, a sense of obligation from an abortion in your past, or anything else) you don’t have to feel trapped in your work at an abortion clinic any more. During your transition out of the abortion industry, And Then There Were None will help you find new job opportunities in your area. During that time, we will provide you with financial assistance to make sure your rent and bills are paid, food is on the table, and gas is in your car while you job hunt.  We can provide you with free legal representation if you must take any kind of legal action against your former employer.  We are here to support you emotionally during and after your transition, and we will help you locate a spiritual director if you want one.”

Can you imagine if there were dozens, hundreds, or thousands more Abby Johnson’s leaving Planned Parenthood and speaking up for the unborn? This battle would be over. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: Planned Parenthood Threatens to Sue Abby Johnson, Girl Allowed to Play on boys Football Team, history Channel’s “The Bible” Gets Great Ratings.

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Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles from the weekend you might have missed. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

Planned Parenthood Threatens to Sue Pro-Lifer

Planned Parenthood, the criminal organization always ready to sue someone for something, is now threatening to sue former clinic director Abby Johnson for her work helping abortion clinic workers leave their jobs. Johnson’s organization And Then There Were None helps abortion clinic workers find new jobs and ministers to them through post-abortion clinic counseling. Of course Planned Parenthood doesn’t like this, and wants their workers to feel trapped, I mean comfortable in their role of killing unborn children. So they are threatening to sue Johnson and her organization if they don’t stop helping clinic workers find new jobs. This further illustrates how much of a prison the abortion industry really is. They don’t want women freed from their life of killing because they know those women will help free other women, just as Abby Johnson is doing. These sorts of thug tactics from Planned Parenthood are all they have left. The abortion industry is shrinking, states are passing laws and the culture of life is winning. We can expect more stories like this to pop up. Click here for original article.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Former Abortion Clinic Worker Says Thank-You

thank youAbby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director that is now an outspoken advocate for life has begun a ministry to abortion clinic workers. Johnson started the ministry to reach out to clinic workers in a loving way in order to build inroads with the workers. The idea is, if there is no one willing to work at abortion clinics, they will have to close.

Some might say this is a futile effort, that all clinic workers are somehow “monsters” because of their line of work. Johnson disagrees, so do I. Though I disagree with abortion clinic workers’ chosen profession, I have no doubt that most are good people that simply need to hear of the hope that is in Jesus. After all, if statistics are right, most abortion clinic workers are women with abuse in their past, women who have had abortions themselves. So in reality, these are women that are potentially hurting both physically, emotionally, and mentally from their abortion.

What these women might need more than anything else is someone that reaches out in love to let them know they can be forgiven. There is good reason to believe that many of these women are suffering incredible guilt and shame for their own abortions, or for simply working in a place that kills innocent children. Perhaps they need someone to come along and let them know that there is hope. Abby Johnson is doing just that and she recently shared the story of a woman that used to work in an abortion clinic.

Her story is touching, and offers hope to others. Here is what she wrote: [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

In Their Own Words: Abortion Clinic Workers and Post-Abortion Women

Pregnant womenAs more women come forward to share their abortion stories and give details of the horrific experiences they had, more people emerge resolute about ending abortion. Though Planned Parenthood continues to receive more money than ever from the Obama administration, they continue to close the doors of abortion mills nation-wide. Americans are becoming more pro-life every day as they learn just how torturous and cruel abortion really is.

One recent article from LifeNews.com shares a number of statements from former abortion clinic workers, women who’ve had abortions, and others. Each of the statements sheds greater light on the horrors of legalized murder. One fact highlighted is that many current abortion clinic workers have also had abortions themselves. A particularly honest statement was made:

“When a later abortion was performed, workers had to piece the baby back together, and every major part–head, torso, two legs, and two arms –had to be accounted for. One of our little jokes at the clinic was, ‘If you ever want to humble a doctor, hide a leg so he thinks he has to go back in.’ Please understand, these were not abnormal, uncaring women working with me at the clinic. We were just involved in a bloody, dehumanizing business, all of us for our own reasons. Whether we were justifying our past advocacy (as I was), justifying a previous abortion (as many were) or whatever, we were just trying to cope–and if we couldn’t laugh at what was going on, I think our minds would have snapped. It’s not an easy thing trying to confuse a conscience that will not stay dead.”

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

On November 6th – Remember Obama’s Radical Abortion Position

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President Obama with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards

More so than marriage, life has been center stage in this year’s election, and will no doubt be a major factor for many as they cast their vote. But before you step into that ballot box and select the person you want as the next president of the United States, consider the following information regarding Planned Parenthood and abortion.

First, understand that there is a stark difference between the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history, Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney. It’s true; I don’t know what kind of president Romney will be on the issue of life. But I know for certain that Obama will continue to be the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. I also know that Romney has made a number of promises, including reinstating the Mexico City policy, defunding Planned Parenthood, and repealing ObamaCare. These promises give me hope that he will be a strong proponent of life.

And, knowing that Obama is a loyal partner of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, I can say with relative certainty that Obama will do nothing to support life and will continue to push a radical abortion agenda on the American people (and around the world). With this in mind, here is some information you should know about Obama, Planned Parenthood, and abortion.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Abby Johnson Talks About A New Ministry Aimed at Abortion Center Workers

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/03/2012

Often the people most forgotten in the issue of abortion is the abortion center workers. We have a tendency to assume that all abortion clinic workers want to be there, support abortion, and are somehow evil people. But Abby Johnson is telling everyone just how wrong that mentality really is, and what we can do about it. The new ministry Abby is leading, And Then There Were None, is aimed at helping abortion clinic workers that want to leave the abortion industry but are scared, hurting, and in need of help. The new ministry is already helping abortion clinic workers walk away from the clinics and start a new path toward defending life. Read the original article here.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Abby Johnson Brings Lawsuit Against Planned Parenthood for Fraud

by Nathan A. Cherry, 03/16/2012

Abby JohnsonI have a feeling that Planned Parenthood really doesn’t like Abby Johnson. When you see her in pictures or hear her in interviews you get the sense that she is a sweet, caring, very likable individual. But to Planned Parenthood she must be the bane of their existence. In case you have been out of touch for a while and don’t know why anyone would dislike Abby Johnson – or are not sure who Abby Johnson is, here’s a quick recap.

At one time Ms. Johnson was the facility director at a Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic. As the director of the clinic Johnson learned just how deceptive and criminal Planned Parenthood really was. Then, after seeing an abortion take place first hand Johnson quit her job and became one of the pro-life movement’s most vocal proponents.

This video interview with Johnson reveals the graphic details of what she saw that caused her to quit her job and join the pro-life movement. It is difficult to hear, but her story is not unique as many thousands of women are now part of the pro-life movement as a result of their experiences with abortion.

After leaving Planned Parenthood Johnson wrote a best-selling book, “unPlanned,” that told her story of abortion and also shares details of what it is like to work for Planned Parenthood.

Fast forward to the present and we find Abby Johnson causing more headaches for Planned Parenthood. As if sharing their dirty little secrets wasn’t enough, Johnson is now waging a legal battle with the nation’s largest abortion business as she claims they filed thousands of fraudulent claims worth nearly $6 million dollars.

According to a story by LifeNews.com the recently unsealed lawsuit filed in 2009 by the ADF on behalf of Johnson says:

The lawsuit says Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, ‘filed at least 87,075 false, fraudulent, or ineligible claims with the Texas Women’s Health Program.  As a result, Planned Parenthood wrongfully received and retained reimbursements totaling more than $5.7 million.’…The suit alleges that Planned Parenthood knowingly committed Medicaid fraud from 2007 to 2009 by improperly seeking reimbursements from the Texas Women’s Health Program for products and services not reimbursable by that program.”

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Is Rick Santorum “The Man” for Conservatives to Support?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/24/2012

Rick SantorumMartinsburg, WV – The race to be the GOP presidential nominee is heating up. News broke last week that by all appearances Rick Santorum had indeed won the Iowa caucus and was building momentum heading into South Carolina. And while Gingrich gained some steam ahead of the SC debate it seems most the air was let out of his balloon by the “bombshell” interview of his ex-wife. Ron Paul seems to be fading into the background very fast, Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann both wisely bowed out, and Romney is still being hit hard on his abortion flip flop, Romneycare, and his tax returns.

With all that’s taken place in the last month I want to make sure you are caught up on some key endorsements and where the field currently stands.

Just over a week ago I took part in a media conference call as Family Research Council president Tony Perkins shared the results of a meeting of nearly 170 conservative leaders. The purpose of this meeting was to come to an agreement on one candidate for these influential leaders to support. During the call Perkins told us ‘The group believes, after hearing the platforms of each candidate, that Santorum best represents the values and beliefs of the group.”

How did the group arrive at this decision? Each candidate’s representative was given the opportunity to speak after which three key positions were evaluated. Perkins shared the three key issues the group was most heavily concerned with:

  1. Repeal of Obamacare
  2. Reducing the national debt and reigning in government spending
  3. Supporting the pro-life platform

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.