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Unplanned

by Abby Johnson

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Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012Abby 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.Unplannedis 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.… (more)
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Unplanned is a heartstopping 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.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Oct 12, 2019 |
This book was really fast, I'd call it a candy-type read, not that it's a very easy read. The description of the ultrasound-guided abortion is hideous, and Abby's struggle with the morality of her time at Planned Parenthood is very compelling, as she considers how many abortions she contributed to, directly. Still, as she grapples with morality and legality of being pro-life, I feel that this book would also appeal to staunch pro-choicers, since Abby herself isn't convinced that illegalizing abortion is the way to go. ( )
  Monica_P | Nov 22, 2018 |
This challenging book details the battle between pro-life and pro-choice groups in America. The story is told by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, supervising and overseeing abortions in her clinic, but now a leading advocate for pro-life groups.

Abby begins by explaining why she left Planned Parenthood--she witnessed an abortion procedure and for the first time understood that she has just participated in the killing of a child. She originally joined PP believing she could help women and reduce the number of abortions by offering birth control advice and family planning. She makes a compelling case that many of the staff working for PP also believe they are doing the same. It is perhaps not surprising (from a spiritual perspective,) to learn how many of these women also feel a deep-seated unease about their jobs.

PP began placing pressure on Abby to increase revenue by increasing the number of abortions at her clinic. Her conscience had actually been at work in convicting her from the outset as she was from a pro-life family with a belief in God. She also formed good relationships with the pro-lifers who peacefully and faithfully protested outside her clinic at all hours. They were praying specifically for Abby to see the truth and for the clinic to close having set up their Coalition for Life office for that purpose.......

This was an easy read containing both moving moments and times of frustration. Abby's decision in the end was more of a moral or natural one due to having seen first hand the horrors of abortion rather than it being a spiritual decision. She didn't make the decision on the basis that only God has the right to decide when to take a life but her decision was partly for religious reasons in that she recognised the sin of abortion and the long-term consequences. She includes the Gospel message in her story recognising that Jesus died on the cross for her sin. Despite this, I read that she later, in 2012, became a Catholic. I found that a little surprising.

Abby now runs a charity And Then There Were None which assists clinic workers to leave their jobs in the abortion industry.

This book is an eye opener for anyone who sits on the fence in relation to abortion and will help to expose the goals of secular organisations carrying out these procedures who claim to be helping women. They are the same as any other business, in it for the money, and will do whatever it takes to keep their clients coming.

I recommend this book for all Christians. I found the writing a little long-winded at times and a tad repetitive hence the less than perfect rating. There is no bad language or sexual content. There is violence--the graphic description of an abortion procedure, but it is necessary in this instance to open the eyes of the blind to what is actually happening--the murder of a baby.

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  sparkleandchico | Jun 2, 2017 |
I loved how real this book presents the life journey of an idealistic young girl who is out to make a difference in the world. She grows up and makes a very significant difference in a way she never expected. Don't be afraid to read this book if you are pro-choice. It reveals, it does not condemn. ( )
  gaillamontagne | Apr 5, 2013 |
Unplanned, by Abby Johnson

St. Augustine has one of the most famous conversion stories. In the midst of his anguish, not being strong enough to throw off his life of sin, he chances to hear a child calling out the command of a game. 'Pick up and read' prompted him to reach for a nearby Bible, and he started reading the first lines that caught his eyes, St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans:

Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy:
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.

And that's how it all started for St. Augustine - sort of. For those who have read the Confessions of St. Augustine, one knows that he struggled for a long time, trying to make that last break from his life. Heck, he managed to write a good sized book about it! Seriously, though, Augustine had to deal with the problem of knowing the right thing to do but not being able to just do it. It takes him a long time, but thanks to the Grace of God and a lot of prayers from his mother, he does enter the Church, become a priest, then a bishop, and is now recognized as a saint.

Abby Johnson's book follows a similar pattern. She recalls her recruitment into the Planned Parenthood organization, and her eventual advancement to managing an abortuary in East Texas. She begins to question the policies of the organization; in particular, she finds that money is the ultimate motivator for Planned Parenthood. At the same time, she begins to have doubts about the abortions being performed. This inner struggle culminates with the day she assists at an abortion. She held the ultrasound probe for the doctor, and therefore watched the little infant torn apart on the viewing screen.

Shortly afterward, Johnson leaves Planned Parenthood, but she still faced challenges - both personal and legal - as she became a spokeswoman for the Pro-Life movement.

I strongly recommend this book. It shows the real purpose for Planned Parenthood: to generate income at the expense of women who are under extreme stress.
  19vatermit64 | Jan 21, 2013 |
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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 her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road 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.
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