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Former Planned Parenthood Director to Testify for Pro-Life Bill in Texas Today

Abby Johnson addresses Texas Senate on behalf of legislation inspired by Americans United for Life model.

AUSTIN, TX (04-26-11) – Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson will testify today before the Texas Senate on behalf of legislation that would further regulate abortion-causing drugs, such as RU486. The measure, HB 3408 and SB1790, was inspired by model legislation developed by Americans United for Life and sponsored by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg and Sen. Dan Patrick.

AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest noted that increasingly, abortionists are expanding their market share of abortions through prescription drugs. “Women and girls are vulnerable to dangerous drugs cavalierly distributed in ways that the drug manufacturers do not advise. This kind of off-label drug use can have deadly consequences,” she noted.

The bill before the Senate would regulate the dispensing of abortion inducing drugs and would require that they can only be dispensed in accordance with the FDA drug label. The bill would further require that a physician must do a physical examination of the woman before prescribing the sometimes-deadly drugs.

Now a pro-life heroine, Abby Johnson will address the legislation both from her professional experience as a clinic operator in Bryan, Texas, and from her personal life story, having gone through an RU486 abortion herself.

“It is a real privilege for us at AUL to partner with Abby Johnson and to have someone of her first-hand experience testify on behalf of this important legislation that will protect women and save lives in Texas,” said AUL Vice President for Government Affairs Dan McConchie. “Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers routinely dispense RU486 off-label in a manner that expands their profits while undermining women’s health. It is important for the legislature to take action now to rein in these dangerous practices.”