Speak Out Illinois hosts reformed Planned Parenthood employee, Abby Johnson.

The event, organized around the theme “Reclaim America for Life,” brought together members of more than 35 anti-abortion groups to work toward renewing and continuing efforts to end abortions.

“My prayer for all of us today is that we leave here recharged … and we keep that love of life going all year long,” said keynote speaker Abby Johnson, a former employee of Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Houston, Texas. “Babies are depending on it, moms are depending on it and clinic workers, just like me, are depending on it.”

Johnson left her job as an abortion counselor after watching an ultrasound-assisted abortion in 2009 and seeing “that baby recoil and then try to flee from that abortion instrument,” she said.

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