The former Planned Parenthood director who quit after seeing an abortion procedure can continue to speak out about why she left the group, a Texas judge ruled.
Planned Parenthood officials accused Abby Johnson of copying documents before she resigned as head of their Bryan/College Station clinic and wanted an injunction to prevent her from sharing what they called confidential information about the business and their patients.
Johnson held that the allegations against her were false, and that she left Planned Parenthood "on good terms."
"Planned Parenthood even called me and offered me my job back with more money, but this was not about money or me being angry, it was about my change of heart on abortion," she said.
District Judge J.D. Langley made his decision after nearly two hours of testimony, saying Planned Parenthood lawyers did not offer convincing reasons "to warrant the extreme remedy of injunctive relief."
Pro-life groups are relieved by the ruling, which also lifted concerns about free speech.
"I am gratified that Planned Parenthood has failed in its misguided effort to silence its former clinic director... who experienced a spiritual conversion after witnessing an abortion and is now pro-life," David Bereit of 40 Days for Life said in a statement.
Johnson quit her job and joined the pro-life movement Oct. 6.