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Buzzflash: Attacking Planned Parenthood With Anti-Abortion Fabrications and Video Tape
March 8, 2011- Live Action's two most media-centric and public activists, Abby Johnson and Lila Rose, are once again ramping up the heat against Planned Parenthood. Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director whose conversion from pro-to-anti-choice was greeted enthusiastically by the anti-abortion movement, is challenging Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to a debate over taxpayer funding for the organization. Rose, meanwhile, according to a LifeNews.com report is leading "a women-led tour across the county to press for revoking its taxpayer funding" for Planned Parenthood.
Between Johnson's story of defection, and Rose's high profile and ethically challenged surreptitious videos trying to entrap Planned Parenthood staffers into illegal behavior (http://www.truth-out.org/gop-legislators-and-anti-abortion-groups-turn-u...), the young women have become two of the most public faces of the anti-abortion movement.
Examining Abby Johnson's tale
Abby Johnson, the woman who left a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic nearly two years ago, and who recently made her way to Lila Rose's anti-abortion group, Live Action - where she assumed the role of Chief Research Strategist - has challenged Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards to a debate.
LifeNews.com recently reported that Johnson sent a letter to Richards "requesting to engage in a public debate on whether the nation's largest abortion-performing organization should continue receiving taxpayer funding from the federal government. The House of Representatives has already approved the Pence Amendment, which would yank all federal funding from the abortion agency."
"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," Johnson opened.
"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," Johnson said in her letter CNS obtained that went to Richards. "You continue to repeatedly perpetuate these deceptions and the public deserves to know the truth."
Johnson is also out promoting her book Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line which in part tells a fascinating story of her conversion from being in support of women's reproductive rights as the director of a Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood clinic to being an anti-abortion activist.
As poignant as Johnson's tale is, it also appears to be riddled with a set of disputed facts and unanswered questions. What if the hub of her story is entirely false?
My recent BuzzFlash story about Johnson (http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12397) raised questions about her story's efficacy, based on the excellent investigative reporting of Nate Blakeslee of The Texas Monthly, who found that Johnson's story didn't match with the records of either Planned Parenthood's or the state of Texas.
Teddy Wilson, who runs a blog called "Left of College Station: A Liberal Voice in a Conservative Community," had a more personal recollection of Johnson. At buzzflash.com, he posted a response to my story, and suggested checking out his piece on Johnson's conversion, titled "Pro-Choice to Pro-Life: An Insider's Look Into the Conversion of a Planned Parenthood Employee," which ran on his blog on November 4, 2009.
His piece relates more germane information about Johnson, especially during the time of her conversion.