COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The director of an abortion clinic in College Station, Texas, is making national headlines after leaving her position at Planned Parenthood after watching an abortion on ultrasound.
After working eight years at the Texas clinic, it was a position 29-year-old Abby Johnson thought she'd never be in.
But less than two months ago - she was called in to assist with an abortion. Although that was nothing new, she'd never seen one using an ultrasound.
"It was then I was actually able to see the baby in the womb, and I saw the baby trying to get away from the probe that the doctor was using," Johnson recalled.
"I just wanted to make it stop! Make it stop!" she said. "I didn't want to look at it anymore, but I couldn't stop looking at it…I could see it twisting and I saw it crumble and I thought, I will never do this again."
Another reason Johnson felt compelled to leave Planned Parenthood is that with the downturn in the economy, she was being pressured to bring in more and more women who wanted to get abortions - because abortions are the clinics money-maker.
"The message had always been prevention - but now all of a sudden it was we need money," she said. "This was not where my values were."
Johnson had planned to wait two weeks before leaving Planned Parenthood in hopes of finding another job, but felt God was telling her to leave immediately. She knew just where to go - the pro-life group Coalition for Life located just down the street.
"I came in. I was a mess. I was crying," she said. "They had to pick their jaws up off the floor. I just said, 'I can't do this anymore.'"
"I felt for the first time in so many years, really felt what true peace was and I felt like this huge burden had been lifted off of me," Johnson said.
It wasn't Johnson's first encounter with Christianity. She had been a regular church attendee for most of her life.
So what took her so long to have a change of heart?
"My heart wasn't ready. I think I did a lot of rationalization and I just kept buying into it - going deeper and deeper justifying it," she said. "I would go to confession - and I would feel this heaviness…now, when I go to confession, I feel peace!"
Less than two months since walking out of the clinic, Johnson says she's enjoying a peace she never knew was possible.
After years of rationalizing that abortion was ok - even protesting at pro-choice demonstrations with her three-year-old daughter last year - she now wants to tell everyone the truth.
"Abortion is the taking of a life and that has to be unsettling," she said.