Published On: Tue, Feb 4th, 2014

Abby Johnson reflects on leaving Planned Parenthood, becoming pro-life and heading Guiding Star Center

Abby Johnson made headlines when she exited Planned Parenthood, announcing she was pro-life and began a new journey which she describes as “pro-women.”

The battle with Planned Parenthood continues, but read the story of one woman who left and moved on - photo Rae Stabosz

The battle with Planned Parenthood continues, but read the story of one woman who left and moved on – photo Rae Stabosz

“I left Planned Parenthood because I realized that I wasn’t helping women there. I wasn’t empowering them. I became pro-life but I have never stopped being pro-woman,” she told LifeNews in a statement. The Guiding Star Project, with their vision for community based Guiding Star centers, has finally given me the opportunity to do what I have wanted all along – to help and serve women, while respecting their dignity and the dignity of the unborn as well.”

Johnson will now be the president of the board of directors for the Brazos Valley Guiding Star Center.

“Everyone knows the Planned Parenthood here in Bryan/College Station has closed, but this doesn’t mean that our work here is finished,” she said, speaking to the strong prolife community there, “this means our work is just beginning. Women in the Brazos Valley were concerned that without the Planned Parenthood they wouldn’t have access to women’s health care. We are here to meet their need – in a life affirming and truly ‘Pro-woman’ way.”

According to Leah Jacobson, Founder of The Guiding Star Project, “The Guiding Star Project is about bringing together organizations in a community under a shared philosophy and vision to provide women with real alternatives – real health care, real support, in every stage of their child bearing years. Whether they find themselves facing an unexpected pregnancy and needing support or a home, or whether they struggle with infertility and need help, whether they need a lactation consultant or want to learn how to work with their body’s natural cycles to avoid a future pregnancy, Guiding Star is there to meet their needs in a way that affirms their feminine dignity and empowers them to live their femininity fearlessly.”

“Guiding Star Brazos Valley, which will be the first of its kind, is expected to open in 2014 and will go through three phases of development,” explains Laura Ricketts, Executive Director of the Guiding Star Project who works closely with the Guiding Star Project’s Affiliates in Development.


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