March 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Abby Johnson is one of the most well-known pro-life activists in the United States. A former Planned Parenthood director, Johnson left after eight years after assisting with an ultrasound abortion of a 13-week-old baby. She wrote about her experience in her bestselling 2010 book UnPlanned, which has been turned into a movie and is scheduled for release March 29th.
In this episode of the Van Maren Show, Abby sits down with host Jonathon Van Maren to discuss the time she spent working at Planned Parenthood and her decision to leave it behind and become a defender of the unborn.
“When I saw this [ultrasound abortion] take place, I felt really disgusted. Really shocked. And just honestly, like, really stupid for believing so eagerly…the lie that the abortion industry had fed me for so many years,” she says.
Johnson, who through her ministry has helped 487 workers leave the abortion industry, reveals to Van Maren that one of the reasons she left Planned Parenthood was because upper management was demanding more abortions take place.
“We were trained how to overcome various objections…to abortion, particularly religious arguments because we know that the majority of women walking into abortion clinics to have abortions identify as Christian.”
For Johnson, having abortion quotas wasn’t what fighting for women and female empowerment was all about. The hypocrisy of Planned Parenthood executives as well as the way peaceful pro-lifers reached out to and treated Johnson contributed to her decision to leave.
“I had essentially coerced women into making a decision for abortion that was sacrificing their children. And I knew that that was incredibly unjust. And I thought here I am working for this organization that says we're here to fight for justice for women. But at what cost? I mean there's no justice when we're having to sacrifice the rights of someone else.”
UnPlanned was unveiled after the 2019 March for Life in January and is scheduled for release on March 29. Distributed by PureFlix, it will reach 800 screens across the United States. It was directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, who also were behind the hit film “God's Not Dead.”
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