Bryan, TX (LifeNews.com) — The religious denominations that embrace abortion do so supposedly because they are tolerant and welcoming of people who disagree on issues like abortion. Yet, that is not proving to be the case for Abby Johnson, the former Planned parenthood director who quit after converting to the pro-life perspective.
Johnson, quit her position last month as the director of a local abortion business after seeing an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.
Her October decision has drawn national attention, exposed how Planned Parenthood does abortions for significant profit, and saw the abortion business fail to silence her now that she has resigned.
Johnson now faces a battle of a different kind — getting her local Episcolalian Church to accept her new status as a pro-life person.
“Now that I have taken this stand, some of the people there are not accepting of that,” she told The Washington Times today.
“People have told me they disagree with my choice. One of the things I’ve been told is that as Episcopalians, we embrace our differences and disagreements. While I agree with that, I am not sure I can go to a place where I don’t feel I am welcome,” she said. [reference]
Of course pro-choicers disagree with her choice – pro-choicers are usually irony deficient on the issue of choice.
LifeNews’ headline is not exactly accurate “Planned Parenthood Director Who Quit Now Rejected by Episcopalian Church.” Not feeling welcome at one church is not exactly rejection from the whole Episcopalian church.
The Times indicates having problems finding a church home is nothing new — with pro-life denominations rejecting her before her conversion.
“I was raised Southern Baptist but didn’t find the Southern Baptist community was very accepting of my work at Planned Parenthood,” she said.
She said she and her husband Doug “had been told by a couple of churches … that because I worked at Planned Parenthood, we could not be members.”
“I thought that because this church was so accepting, maybe I was doing the right thing,” she said of joining the Episcopal Church. “A lot of people would consider the Anglican faith a pro-choice faith.”
Well I wouldn’t be one of those people who think the Anglican faith is necessarily pro-life since just like Episcopalians there are pro-lifers among them, but it would be hard to call it a majority unless you’re mainly just talking about the high church segments.
There is a problem with leaving a church because you don’t feel welcome. The real question is do they teach the truth. If not then it is not a matter of feeling, but seeking the truth. Jesus did not say I am The Way, The Feeling, and the Light. I hope like many pro-life converts before her like abortion doctor Bernard Nathanson and Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) and many others that she finds her way into the Catholic Church. While Catholics have some work to do to make people feel as welcome on a personal level as many Protestant churches, we do have the fullness of the truth and will always be pro-life. She certainly needs our prayers in what must be a pretty tough transition. But she was able to act on the truth before when she saw the abortion being performed via ultrasound.