Abby Johnson was raised in a Christian home and led a storybook life. At 17, she went off to college and as an impressionable and inquisitive girl she looked for causes that interested her. She developed a relationship with a man and found that she was pregnant. He took her to have an abortion and made it seem very normal. A couple of years later, she was pregnant again and took the abortion pill. Then the relationship ended. About the time she finished college she started volunteering for Planned Parenthood because they presented to her that she would be helping women make important choices in their lives. Eventually, much to her parents’ chagrin, Abby became an employee of Planned Parenthood and eventually became the director of the facility in Bryan College Station, TX.
Working in the Planned Parenthood facility she was constantly faced with fielding the Right to Life people outside the fence. She noted that the ones that wore bizarre costumes and shouted evil things to the women coming to the clinic only enforced the stereotype of the crazy right to lifers. Those that really made an impression on her though were the quiet, respectful, dedicated people that stood out there and prayed every day and counseled the women that were entering the facility. She made up her mind to get along with those people, rather than be confrontational like previous directors had been.
One day Abby was called to assist an abortion doctor in the clinic who was doing an ultrasound as he did the procedure. She was shocked and dismayed to see the child on the ultrasound and watch it sucked out in pieces. She immediately knew that what she had been telling people for years and what she had been told was not true. She also knew immediately that she could no longer be a party to it.
She resigned from Planned Parenthood and sought counsel from the Coalition for Life people that she had conversed with in front of the clinic for years. She has become an advocate for Life and speaks all over the country. Planned Parenthood tried to intimidate her by filing an injunction against her but it was dismissed in court.
You can see a trailer for this life changing and thought provoking DVD on YouTube. I encourage you all to watch this DVD. It is so eye opening. Share it with friends and also watch it with your kids. I believe boys need to be educated aobut this just as much as boys.
This is a story of how God can turn a life around in an instant. Just as Paul’s life was changed in an instant on the Road to Damascus, Abby Johnson’s whole life’s course was altered in front of that ultrasound monitor that day.
Tyndale House sent me this DVD to review and I am having a contest on my blog to give away a certificate for a free copy to one lucky winner. Please comment on my blog to have a chance to win this certificate. The drawing will be Monday, May 23. If you don’t win that is OK. The day after my drawing for this DVD there is going to be a Unite for LIFE webcast. It is a free webcast featuring Abby Johnson that will benefit pregnancy care organizations. You can sign up to participate on May 17 at 8:00 p.m. (in all time zones) at www.uniteforlifewebcast.org. Unplanned the book and the DVD will be available for purchase as a package deal and 33% of each purchase will go to crisis pregnancy centers like CareNet, the National Institute of Family & Life Advocates, and Heartbeat International.
The best way you can help those in need and help them choose life is to know the facts and find out all you can. Always have a compassionate and sensitive heart to those in need. Most of all Pray!