Inside an Abortion Clinic …After Dark

Pro-life culture-warrior – and Live Action Research Strategist – Abby Johnson writes this piece describing what nights are like actually within the walls of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. As former clinic director, Abby spent many nights alone in the clinic that she worked; a building that saw the brutal slaughtering of thousands of innocent children. On her first graveyard shift:

I walked in and heard the heavy door slam behind me.  It echoed as it closed.  The clinic had high ceilings and every noise echoed like you were in a cave.  It was silent…no creaks, no water dripping, nothing…totally silent.  So silent in fact, I could almost hear something…and I’m telling you, it almost sounded like babies crying.  I know that sounds crazy and I totally disregarded it at the time.  I ran up to the front of the clinic, away from the freezer where the babies were kept until the medical waste came to pick them up.  I didn’t want to be next to that freezer.  Did I really hear that?  Surely it was just my imagination.

Over time, the crying stopped and the silence became familiar. As Abby describes it, “sin had taken over.” Yet twice a year, when the 40 Days for Life campaign came to town, she was no longer alone:

You can bring comfort to clinic workers.  You may never hear that from their mouths.  But at night, when they are alone in that building, they will be glad to look out and see you standing there in prayer…even if they never say it.  I can tell you that now, since being on the other side, I have more interaction with clinic workers at night…when they are alone.  When there are no eyes on them, no one else looking out the clinic windows, no supervisors around, just me and them.  That is when they talk.  That is when the wall comes down.  That is when relationships develop.

Don’t be afraid of the night.  Don’t be afraid to pray outside of an abortion clinic after hours.  People might say it is silly…after all, no abortions happen when the building is closed.  But amazing things can happen after hours.  The workers still come and go.  Your presence can be the reason that one day those workers walk out of those doors and stand with you on the other side.

— 2011 (c) Live Action —

10 thoughts on “Inside an Abortion Clinic …After Dark

  1. I walked in and heard the heavy door slam behind me. It echoed as it closed. The clinic had high ceilings and every noise echoed like you were in a cave. It was silent…no creaks, no water dripping, nothing…totally silent. So silent in fact, I could almost hear something…and I’m telling you, it almost sounded like babies crying. I know that sounds crazy and I totally disregarded it at the time. I ran up to the front of the clinic, away from the freezer where the babies were kept until the medical waste came to pick them up. I didn’t want to be next to that freezer. Did I really hear that? Surely it was just my imagination.


  2. This is just powerful. Not just that she heard these babies crying but that our prayers are indeed powerful and can make a difference. Thank you for this reminder. 


  3. It breaks my heart to know this is happening every day! It is beyond me that it could. Killing of the innocent babies like they were nothing but a piece of garbage. THey have to know these babies were alive and with a beating heart and a thumb in there mouth just seconds before..the very same babies that are saved in hospitals every day. How do they know if it is a human child? Oh, That is determined in whether the mother wants him or her or not! How can that be a determination of choosing life or death for these children? Find out the facts before you kill you baby. You would be shocked at what you find. THey are not only live babies…..they feel all the pain of the knife slicing off there limbs before they are pulled out of their mothers womb! They feel the solution of the salt water burning their skin…they feel the knife going into the back of their  head. Some are even at times born alive and the drs take them to another room to die, away from where their parents can hear the pitiful cries! Please, Please don’t do this. YOu can’t possibly believe in god and do this horrendous sin! 50 million tiny babies this yer alone. Look into the future. Each of these children have a right to live! They are not part of the mothers body! If that were true then we would remain attached to our mothers for life. Please help stop this infanticide!! Look at the true reality. God will have no mercy on those that commit murder!


  4. After dark is usually when people like Cheryl Sullenger and Eric Rudolph plant their bombs, isn’t it?  That would worry me too.


    1. As opposed to Harlan James Drake, who shot a 63 year old peaceful protester named Jim Pouillon to death in broad daylight, in front of a school. Or abortionist Bruce Lucero beating peaceful protesters right in the parking lot of his own clinic with a tire iron. Or the guy who pulled a gun on a peaceful protestor who tried to hand his girlfriend a pamphlet. Or Matthew Reid Haver, who tried to run over a 60-year-old gentleman praying outside an abortion clinic.

      Guess what? There’s a LOT more violence coming from YOUR side (even if you don’t count the butchered babies), and it only takes reading the comments on THIS forum and contrasting them with the militant and violent rhetoric on a pro-“choice” forum, to note the difference. “Choice” rhetoric isn’t peaceful. “Choicers” don’t denounce violent acts like those mentioned above. In fact, they CELEBRATE them. Mention Jim Pouillon’s murder in a “pro-choice” setting and you’ll hear crickets chirp. AT BEST. It’s more likely that you’ll hear support for the murderer of the grandfatherly would-be “male oppressor.” By contrast, EVERY major pro-life organization denounced the murder of George Tiller and the bombings you mentioned.

      Btw, nice to see you back, LIE112… it’s been a while since I’ve read your tired, repetitive, and easily refuted nonsense. 🙂


      1. Oh, you mocked my name.  How will I find the strength to go on?

        Honestly, I don’t get why supposedly peaceful pro-lifers think that listing alleged pro-choice violence is a useful response when someone mentions violence against abortion facilities or practitioners.  It just makes it look as if you are counting the perpetrators of anti-abortion violence as members of “your side,” instead of as an unacceptable third voice in the abortion debate.  (Well, Cheryl Sullenger does claim to be a leader of “your side,” but she also denounced violence after she got caught.)  As to your other examples…

        It may well be the case that many pro-choice people don’t know the name Jim Pouillon.  A name that pro-lifers don’t like to mention is Mike Fuoss, Harlan Drake’s other victim.  Mr. Fuoss (as well as a third potential victim) had nothing to do with the abortion debate; his death indicates that Drake killed because of personal grudges, not political ideology.  I’m not saying that Pouillon deserved to be killed, but I’ve also never seen his supporters deny that he was a confrontational and foul-mouthed serial harasser.  You’ve instead to present him as a “grandfatherly” figure.  If events in your life have led you to think that screaming “WHORE!!!!” at junior-high students is a grandfatherly thing to do–I’m sorry.  But it seems more likely that you felt you story would sound better if you presented Pouillon as a more saintly victim than he was.  If Bruce Lucero’s “victims” had been peaceful protestors beaten by a tire iron, I would think that was terrible.  Court records, though, show a rather different story.  ( ): they show a single victim, not multiple ones; they indicate that the victim rushed Dr. Lucero, not the other way around; and they say that at most one blow was struck, if you can call it a blow.  The court record also shows “the victim” trespassing, harassing, and trying to kick his way back into Lucero’s clinic after being expelled from it; it was his efforts to violently force his way back into the clinic that led to the confrontation with Lucero.

        Before you turn this post into an attack on pro-life victims: no.  My point here is merely that your stories show some serious whitewashing of the victims’ actions and distortion of the perpetrators’.  If the facts support you, why do you think they need to be improved?  It merely makes me wonder what else has been left out of your other stories.


    2. Are you serious? They weren’t prolife….they were profressional sickos! Learn the difference in prayers a psychologically sick people.


  5. Why are they there at night? I thought everyone clocked out and went home like all the other medical facilities. Great article! I’m not surprised by it either. I knew an elderly lady that went around speaking at rallies about the horrors of abortion. She had an abortion when she was young…and at night she would wake up in her home and hear 2the babies crying. She always wondered why she heard two, so she finally went back to talk to the doctor that performed the abortion. She found out she had aborted twins… So sad.


  6. Go to other clinics after hours, tell them ur experiences , go to as many as you can. <3


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