Protesters hold signs during an anti-abortion rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, July 8, 2013. (CNS photo/Mike Stone, Reuters)
Planned Parenthood has just announced that the first site
of 40 Days For Life in Bryan/College Station will be closing.
a press release this week, the abortion provider stated that three
clinics will be closing, also including those in Huntsville and
Lufkin. The press release listed political pressure from the Texas
government as the reason for the closures.
Rick Perry signed the House Bill 2346, "The Preborn Pain Act,"
into law on Tuesday, which will dramatically affect many abortion
clinics by requiring them to be brought up to the standards of
ambulatory surgical centers, to ensure safer regulation on the
largely unregulated centers. The law also requires abortion doctors
to have admitting privileges into hospitals within 30 miles of a
clinic, thus making it more difficult to get a doctor from out of
town to perform abortions
is what grace truly looks
like," said Abby Johnson, the former director of the
Bryan/College Station Planned Parenthood
and director and founder of And Then
There Were None, a support group for former clinic workers. "Knowing
that the former abortion clinic I once
ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of
my life. From running that facility, to then advocating for
its closure, and now celebrating that dream ... it shows
that my life has indeed come full circle. I am honored
to have worked with so many who helped with my conversion
and the closure of this facility. We will continue
to fight until every abortion clinic in this country
has shut its doors."
Carney, one of the founders of 40 Days For Life, rejoiced in the news
of the closure. "This is wonderful answer to prayer," said
the mother of four, who has been praying at the Bryan clinic since
2001. "After all these years, to see this clinic close is not
only a reminder of God's grace and faithfulness but also an
affirmation of own fight against this modern-day scourge that makes
what is supposed to be the most tender of relationships that of a
mother to her child into combatants."
About the Author
Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
Carrie Gress has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and was the Rome Bureau Chief of Zenit's English Edition. She is the author of two Nudging Conversions (Beacon Press, 2015) and co-author with George Weigel of St. John Paul II's Kraków: A Historical and Spiritual Guide, along with photographer Stephen Weigel (Image Books, 2015). A mother of four, she and her family live in Virginia.