Jul 06, 2015
In 2009, one of the pro-life movement’s most outspoken advocates came from an unlikely source—a former abortion clinic director with Planned Parenthood.
Abby Johnson was first introduced to Planned Parenthood when she was a college student in Texas. The recruiter’s message about providing critical health services for low-income women appealed to Abby. While she had grown up in a family that was ideologically pro-life, it wasn’t an issue Abby knew a lot about or had ever acted upon. The recruiter spoke about the dangers associated with back alley abortions and the risks to women’s health if this service wasn’t available. She assured Abby that abortion was only a small portion of what Planned Parenthood was about.
Abby began working with Planned Parenthood out of her fierce desire to help women. In her eight-year career, she progressed to the position of clinic director and ran the facility.
All of that changed in 2009 when Abby witnessed a rare ultrasound-guided abortion. “I watched a 13-week old child struggle for his life during the procedure,” she said. “I knew I had been lied to, and worse, I knew I had lied to thousands of women who had come to my facility.”
Listen as Abby shares her remarkable story with Kris Faasse, Bethany Christian Services’ Senior Vice President for Clinical Operations. Abby Johnson is the founder and president of And Then There Were None and the author of Unplanned.
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