Unplanned

Unplanned

The Dramatic True Story of A Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-opening Journey Across the Life Line

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Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012 Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby's story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies. Now updated with a new chapter covering the latest events in Abby's journey, in the news, and in changing legislation . . . and revealing the impact Abby's story has had in the most surprising places.
Publisher: Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, [2018]
Characteristics: xv, 285 pages ; 21 cm
Edition: Expanded edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781414396545 paperback
1414396546 paperback
Call Number: 363.4609 JOHNSON

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cstadt
Aug 10, 2019

Unplanned is the true story of Abby Johnson, director of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, narrating the events which led her to not only leave the organization, but switch sides and become pro-life.
As clinic director, she saw herself as part of a long line of defenders of human rights, picking up the mantle of those who in the past had fought for the end of slavery, women’s suffrage, and for Jews in World War II.
But the incoherence of her position was pointed out to her by one of her pro-life friends: she actually had it exactly backwards because the historic issues such as slavery arose when segments of the population were dehumanized, which is precisely what Planned Parenthood was doing. Thinking she was defending the rights of others, she hadn’t stopped to consider the question of just who are “others”? She was assuming that the unborn are outside of the human community, and then basing all her arguments and slogans on that assumption.
She didn’t yet see, because she didn’t want to see, that there is only one question that is morally relevant to the discussion – What is the unborn? If the unborn is not a human being, no justification for abortion on demand is required, but if the unborn is a human being, then no justification is adequate.
Though she had no rational reply to the arguments that her pro-life friends would confront her with, her fall-back position was simply to dig in her heels and walk away. Nevertheless, living with this constant moral tension was creating a strain deep in her own soul, a building spiritual disquiet.
A situation arose at the clinic one day where she was called upon to assist with an abortion procedure, which she reluctantly did. And when she witnessed with her own eyes the gruesome reality of an ultrasound-guided abortion, her carefully maintained self-deceptive ignorance was shattered. Any plausible deniability she may have had was gone. She knew the truth about abortion.
She saw a tiny person engage in a brief but desperate struggle as medical instruments invaded the child’s protective sanctuary, followed by the abortionist’s callously detached words, “Beam me up, Scotty.” And it was over. The baby that had been safely nestled there was gone. And so was the convenient, antiseptic ignorance that she had shielded herself with.
What made this especially traumatic for her was that it occurred within days of being mandated to increase the abortion revenue at her clinic, a directive that upset her, because up to that point she had always thought that Planned Parenthood’s goal was to reduce the number of abortions, not increase them.
In close succession she was confronted with the humanity of the unborn and also the reality that the bottom line was more important to Planned Parenthood than the interests of women. It wasn’t pro-choice at all, but thoroughly pro-abortion, something Abby had never been.
It was after this one-two punch that Abby recalls that “the scales had begun to fall from my eyes,” and also that “the guilt of countless abortions, including my own, came crashing down on my shoulders.”
“[M]y eyes were pried open by His [God's] fingers,” she says. It was only then that she was able to see. And what she was enabled to see was not just “the view of the precious unborn child violently sacrificed on the table that day… [but] the view of the Planned Parenthood trap into which I’d fallen”.
The story doesn’t end with Abby’s departure from Planned Parenthood. We feel a sense of hope that there may be a growing momentum of change as we learn of the closure of the very Planned Parenthood clinic that Abby had directed, as well as three others.

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red_dog_14987
Jul 13, 2019

Another con job by the right wing religious nuts!

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GeneralAmerica
May 18, 2019

Looks like old Abby is nothing but a big fat liar.
https://slate.com/human-interest/2010/01/the-earth-shaking-abortion-that-never-happened.html

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naturalist
Apr 23, 2019

“Busted: TX Anti-Choice Groups Are Stalking Women’s Clinic Workers And Patients (VIDEO)”
by Chad R. MacDonald, posted August 13, 2014, on Forward Progressives
http://www.forwardprogressives.com/busted-tx-anti-choice-groups-are-stalking-womens-clinic-workers-and-patients-video/
and,
“They Shoot Doctors Don't They : A Memoir”
by Jack Fainman (1931-2014) and Roland Penner (1924-2018)
Great Plains Publications 2011, pbk, 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1926531175, ISBN-13: 978-1926531175
and,
“Anti-abortion violence” from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-abortion_violence#Attempted_murder
“Roland Penner CM OM QC” from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_Penner
and,
“The War on Choice : The Right-wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back”
Gloria Feldt 1942-
Bantam Books 2004, ISBN: 9780553382921, 0553382926
https://gloriafeldt.com/
and,
“The Fundamentals of Extremism : The Christian Right in America”
Edwin Kagin, Bobbie Kirkhart, Ed Buckner, Herb Silverman, John Suarez (authors), Kimberly Blaker (author, editor),
John G. Swomley (foreword)
New Boston Books 2003, hc, 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0972549609, ISBN-13: 978-0972549608
and,
“Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States”
Warren J. Blumenfeld, Khyati Y. Joshi, Ellen E. Fairchild (contributors)
Sense Pub, 2008, ISBN-10: 9087906773, ISBN-13: 978-9087906771

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Janice21383
Apr 21, 2019

What a fair and neutral view of both sides of the fence Unplanned is. On one side, wholesome, tolerant protesters, who wouldn't dream of screaming "murderer" at women trying to get healthcare, or shooting an abortion doctor through the head. And they certainly didn't lose $107 million in a suit filed by Planned Parenthood, for among other things, publishing pictures of abortion workers who had been murdered on their website, with X-es over the faces, or publishing "Wanted" posters, complete with home addresses and $5,000 bounty, for people willing to "stop" still-living workers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Coalition_of_Life_Activists On the other side is Dr. Cruella de Ville and her minions, a team of health professionals seemingly trained at Texas Chainsaw Massacre Memorial Hospital. Strangely, Planned Parenthood was cold, even a bit tetchy at the way they were depicted in Abby Johnson's book, and also for the distortion of the real reasons why Ms. Johnson was fired. They sued again, and though the case was thrown out, it may be refiled against the recent film of Unplanned, which apparently is every bit as factual as the book.

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WordWoman49
Dec 29, 2018

There was a fence:

On one side an abortion clinic and on the other side Coalition For Life, praying for unborn children, their parents, and clinic employees.

Whichever side of the fence you find yourself on--or if you find yourself straddling the fence in confusion, I believe you will appreciate Abby's personal view from BOTH sides of the fence.

As a Christian, I saw a better way to respond to ANY issue I disagree with. It's not condemnation and it's not lifting signs that call people murderers.

I was encouraged by the power of persevering prayer, seeing what God had been doing behind the scenes.

Available in audio.

VanWaniel Dec 19, 2018

As one may suspect, this book is not necessarily light-hearted, but from the start it is the kindest, most loving & raw take on this topic. I've never heard such an especially gracious voice that shows the massive sphere of eyewitness truth, so I would highly recommend, whichever side of "the fence" one may land on. It paves the way for massive empathy, true understanding, & actual grace for anyone coming into the current dialogue about abortion with AMAZING scope--especially in those surprising moments where one could choose a lower road. Who would know better about both sides of the conversation than this woman? This is a very precious take on a usually touchy topic that condemns no one & really makes one ask deep questions in a safe, kindness-rich space, & doesn't shy away from gentle faith & true love towards all (unhypocritally). Both heartbreaking & resplendent, this a book not to miss. I think the average person will find it may greatly enrich their life. The only difficulty in this autobiography is the truly cold treatment she received from many places in the aftermath of her life-change, but even that is dealt with in an honest, refreshing way.

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vkreads
Oct 05, 2018

Unplanned is now out soon on dvd; movie.

How does a Planned Parenthood Clinic Director, 8 years, in Texas, (Abby Johnson) over time, come to change her mind on evaluating the medical actions, and immense economic profits, as gained by the business-industry-profitability of abortion procedures. ?

The "how" of that intellectual and emotional "change" occurs, ---slowly, over time, --- thru experiences at the Clinic, especially while inside the milieu of the Clinic's "parts laboratory." Johnson's descriptions of how she resisted "change" was a process of being willing to starkly "see" biological reality and economic profits; gallows humor and aggressive staff;

This story, Unplanned, is the true insight into Abby Johnson's personal, and authentically vulnerable story. Real Life. Must have taken alot of guts to reveal the story.

Very important -- Her followup book, .... 17 stories by employees at Planned Parenthood or Abortion Clinics:
(And how were some of the women patients treated by Clinic staff?)
title -- The Walls Are Talking -- Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories,
published yr 2016.

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Justyn
Nov 30, 2017

At times this wasn't an easy account to read, it downright made me heart sick for lack of a better term. Especially when you get an insight to the inner workings of planned parenthood and what they're really about. I so appreciated the author's honesty about her entire journey towards the pro-choice movement to her slow awakening and crossing over to the pro-life movement. Her story is a remarkable one, and her writing is so descriptive you feel like you're on the journey with her as she tells it in this book. As a pro-lifer myself it encourages me to be more compassionate to those in the pro-choice movement, to bring light rather than heat to this topic.

I was inspired how the pro-lifers she knew never really cut her off or gave her the cold shoulder even when they knew what she did for a living. I believe that love and kindness offered by pro-lifers was used by God no doubt. I wasn't so shocked when many on the pro-choice side, some who were close friends, turned on her once she defected. Even trying to set her up. If someone is "pro-choice" I would hope they would see that the pro-lifers (most of us) aren't as intolerant or mean as they make us out to be. It's very telling though how planned parenthood went after the author once she "defected," and just how much they had to lie about her in order to protect what exactly they do and how they go about it. Reminds me of a verse...... "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

All in all I kept thinking her story is like many of ours. All of us at one time have been lost in our sinful way, and we probably thought it was a really good way too. And when God shows up to reveal the truth we had to move in his direction because we knew our way was a lie. Be it our salvation story, or a story of where we needed to repent once we finally saw what we were doing.

In regards to owning her sin she writes.....

"Jesus took upon Himself the weight of the world's sin on the cross. I cannot fathom such a weight. Yet I had a sense of the weight of the lives of my two unborn children and thousands of others I had willingly forfeited at the hands of abortionist. But Christ didn't stay on the cross. He arose. And that is what I experienced that night. Once I truly owned the weight that night, I gave it to Jesus Christ at the fence. And He lifted it off my shoulders and off my soul. As I looked upon the building between the bars of the fence, I knew that it was here that God called me out. I was not only facing the place of my sin. I was facing the place of my deliverance as well."

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AQUILEA777
Jun 30, 2017

Author Abby Johnson had had two abortions. She went to work for Planned Parenthood and rose to become director of a clinic.
--- Abby accepted the PP ideology: A pregnant woman does not carry a baby, but rather has a condition (pregnancy) which the clinic remedies. The doctor does not perform an abortion, but only a "procedure" that "terminates the pregnancy." After the procedure, the doctor will check to make sure all of the "pregnancy" was removed.
--- Year round in heat and cold, Coalition For Life protesters kept a vigil at the clinic fence. The PP staff mocked them, but felt intimidated by a silent nun who came to kneel and pray.
--- PP sought to portray demonstrators as woman-enslaving extremists. But at Abby's clinic, they were gentle and sympathetic. They frequently called out friendly greetings as she entered the building. A woman who seemed especially concerned for Abby once gave her a bouquet. Eight years of this treatment had its effect on Abby.
--- One day Abby saw the mother of a pregnant woman begging her daughter for the life of her grandchild, offering to raise the grandchild herself -- all for naught.
--- The clinic relied on abortion revenue, which Abby was ordered to increase: "Abortion
quotas have been raised -- Make abortion the priority -- Nonprofit is a tax status, not a
business status."
--- Abby worked at the clinic administratively for eight years without ever assisting in an
abortion. When she finally did, she was shocked. On the ultrasound she saw a perfect little body trying to get away, being violently twisted, crumpled, the little spine just sucked away, p 149. She knew she had just participated in a death. Not a medical procedure, not a woman exercising her right to make medical choices about her own body, but the death of a helpless baby, to be discarded as biohazard waste, p 124. She had scheduled countless babies for death, and presented options, surgery or medication, for the safety and comfort of the mother -- and all the while a tiny baby tucked securely inside a womb had been there in the same room, with no one to speak on his or her behalf, p 124.
--- She concluded that "Planned Parenthood was an abortion machine in the business of
killing unborn babies and meeting revenue goals," p 130. Planned Parenthood spoke of
choosing when to have a child. But if you're pregnant, you HAVE a child. The opposition had been right all along. Abby decided to leave PP and join them.
--- The Christians who had treated Abby sympathetically for years, knowing she was their
main opponent, now welcomed her with rejoicing and helped her find a new job. National
TV shows interviewed her.
--- To counter the bad publicity from this high-level defection, PP turned on Abby vengefully. Without any foundation, PP accused her of revealing private patient information, sued her, got a restraining order to silence her, and forced other staff to give perjured testimony against her. The Christians provided an attorney who soundly defeated the suit.
--- Abby joined those who went to pray at the clinic fence. Many women who had had
abortions supported her. She concludes with the hope that other PP staff will be able to
escape as she did.

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