Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood leader who is now a highly visible pro-life advocate, has written her story, Unplanned, currently available from Tyndale House Publishers and Focus on the Family. Johnson’s book, written with Cindy Lambert, is the dramatic true account of Johnson’s decision to cross to the other side in the abortion debate. Johnson’s decision to leave her job after eight years with Planned Parenthood, originally as a volunteer and then as an employee, came after she participated in an ultrasound-assisted
abortion procedure for the first time. Her action became national news when Planned Parenthood took her to court in the fall of 2009. Unplanned reveals what Johnson initially found so attractive
about the mission of Planned Parenthood, the personal secret she never divulged, and the disturbing events that caused her to suddenly quit her job.
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line offers an insider’s viewpoint on Planned Parenthood’s practices, as well as on the heartfelt but misguided efforts of some radical anti-abortion activists.
“So many people want to see these clinic workers as the enemy, but they are not,” Johnson comments. “The sin of abortion is the enemy. These clinic workers are good people who have just been grossly misguided by untruth. On the other side, there are people who claim to be prolife but believe in taking the lives of abortionists and bringing harm to workers. I have been able to see the good and bad in both camps. No movement is perfect . . . no matter how much we like to think we are, or how much we try to be.”
Johnson credits the peaceful, respectful witness of a local pro-life ministry with her change of
“Without them, I wouldn’t be here today,” she says. “It is their faithfulness and perseverance that
help women face the truth of abortion every day.”
Reading this book at the Christmas season seemed very appropriate to me. Mary's pregnancy with Jesus was very much "unplanned". I have often wondered as people have debated this highly charged topic what would have happened had Mary entertained the thought of having an abortion.
I found it so frightening and heartbreaking to read that an abortion takes place every 24 seconds and that over 3,600 abortions occur every day in the United States. Jesus loves each and every one of those children. He knit them together so carefully in their mother's womb.
Even worse than that statistic was the fact that one-third of Planned Parenthood's funding comes through government grants from United States tax dollars. This means you and I are paying for these precious children to be murdered!
Out of these alarming statistics comes a beautiful story like Abby Johnson. Abby's story starts out as an avid story of Planned Parenthood. She worked for them, supported them and even assisted with abortions. However, one day while assisting with an ultrasound guided abortion things changed for her. The things those people were telling her each day as she walked into the clinic were sounding so crazy anymore. Instead of dismissing them, she started listening.
Because of the gentleness and kindness of the words, seeds were planted that gave Abby the boldness she needed to walk out of Planned Parenthood and into an "Unplanned" future that would God would use to show others that every child is precious in His sight.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book for free from Tyndale Publishing. The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review. It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise. If I don't like it, you'll hear that. And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family.