This story shows how easy it is to get caught up on the wrong side even if you have been raised in a Christian home. It also shows how God can use these negative experiences for His glory. It shows a lot about God's grace & mercy in the world of abortion. The author Abby was recruited as a college student to Volunteer for Planned Parenthood on the pretense of helping women & decreasing abortions. Eventually, it leads her to a paid position & a director of a clinic that indeeds help women with family planning & health issue but also does abortions. Eventually she is told that abortions must increase to help increase revenue for Planned Parenthood. Abby must then choose between right & wrong. She must face a legal battle when she leaves & faces betrayal from trusted friends.
This book really opened my eyes to the point where I called my local pro-life clinic, and signed up as a volunteer. I even participated in a March for Life, and I used to be pro-choice. Everyone should read this book. There are so many lies and half truths out there, and we can't rely on the media to tell us what is really going on with abortion clinics. Thanks, Abby
I loved this book. It has helped me in my own life. I have not had an abortion but am very pro-life. I think this is a must read for anyone. If you take the principles of what Abby went through and apply them to your life it will help you through a tough time.
What a great read! I had a hard time putting it down. It made me realize that I am quick to judge other people who have differing opinions, and that God can accomplish so much more through you when you have a loving spirit. A friend recommended this book to me and I will definitely pass it on.
This book is an awesome witness to God's wonderful power to change hearts. It also opens eyes to the deceptive ways of Planned Parenthood. I wish everyone could see a 3-D ultrasound before deciding to have an abortion, so that they can see that what they are aborting is not just "tissue."
I haven't finished it yet but the story is compelling. How a simple ultrasound changed Abby Johnson's view of abortion. She also offers counsel on how to better minister to the" pro-death (aka choice)" community.
Abby Johnson has great courage and has truthfully told the purpose of Planned Parenthood. I pray that this expose will open the eyes and hearts of many who do not realize the awful truth of abortion, and the hurt that is inflicted on the women who choose this solution for their crisis pregnancy, as well as taking the life of their unborn baby.
Abby Johnson, committed director of a Planned Parenthood clinic, participated in her first abortion after eight years with the organization. Watching the baby struggle and then be sucked up into a tube changed Abby’s life forever. Nauseated and disillusioned, she decided to quit.
Unplanned follows Abby, a Christian university student, as she entered the work force. It shows how idealism and manipulation got her involved with Planned Parenthood “to prevent abortions” and “to help women.” It also mentions what else in Abby’s life influenced that decision.
At first Abby was happy to be using her counseling skills to support women in crisis pregnancies. She felt that she was making a difference, and was happiest of all when a client chose adoption instead of abortion. However, she was disillusioned when Planned Parenthood policies turned out differently than she had expected. When Abby got to know the protesters on the other side of the fence, she was surprised to realize that they, too, wanted to help women. She thought their approach was wrong… until that fateful day when she was called into the exam room to help with an ultrasound-guided abortion.
Soon after that, Abby fled to the Coalition for Life office for help.
When Abby quit her job, Planned Parenthood’s response catapulted her into the news, spreading the graphic horror of that one abortion, as well as the policies of Planned Parenthood, across the USA.
Now Abby supports women and their babies. At her former clinic, she works with the Coalition for Life on the other side of the fence. Online, she ministers through her website.
Having grown up in a strongly pro-life family, I knew the details of abortion procedures as well as the deep emotional conflicts workers in an abortuary may face. Someone who has been more sheltered will find Abby’s story both shocking and illuminating.
It’s time that more people become aware of what actually goes on, daily, in most large cities, at the rate of one US baby killed every 24 seconds. I highly recommend Unplanned as an insightful peek into the abortion industry from both points of view. It will help you understand the wide range of motives that galvanize people, and thus equip you to do your part, whatever that may be (prayer, fundraising, education, activism, politics, counseling, adoption, or simply caring for the little ones God has given you).
Disclosure: Tyndale House provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.
This should be a must read for all parents, singles, teens - male & female. It could very easily become Bible Study material for churches. It's been my experience that most people hide their heads in the sand where abortions (both early and late term) are concerned. Abby was very honest about herself, her experiences, and the propaganda attached to Planned Parenthood. I was really impressed with the content/information presented and the fact that her compassion for others was so very evident. God can use everyone and everything for His Glory. Praise His Name!!!
The book cover describes unPlanned by Abby Johnson as, "The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader's eye-opening journey across the life line". The book is prefaced with a note from Abby where she admits her story is not a comfortable one to read. She's right about that. I found that is was uncomfortable not only because of the insider's view of Planned Parenthood that she provides, including her detailed description of the ultrasound-assisted abortion that she assisted that that ultimately served as the catalyst for her leaving her position, "crossing the life line", and joining forces with the Coalition for Life. But, I also found it uncomfortable because there were so many times where I had to put the book down and thought, "you've got to be kidding me". This was mostly during the times where she shared her thought processes that helped her to justify her work at Planned Parenthood while at the same time, professing to be a Bible-believing Christian. As frustrated as I found myself at times, I was able to take solace in her willingness to be transparent and vulnerable in sharing her very personal process of having the scales removed from her eyes and allowing the truth to set her free. And in that regard, this really is a story of personal redemption.
unPlanned was a relatively quick and easy read and provides a rather compelling look into the business and philosophy of Planned Parenthood. Although I am glad that Abby Johnson was able to see the light, step down from her position, and is now an active pro-life crusader, the real hero of this story (at least for me) is not Abby. For me, the real heroes are the individuals that faithfully showed up on the other side of the fence at her clinic in Bryan, Texas every day and prayed for the individual patients arriving at the clinic as well as for all of the workers (including Abby) at the clinic.
As I mentioned earlier, this book is about personal redemption. I don't know that it will do much to change the general tenor regarding Planned Parenthood or the federal funding that they receive, or abortion for that matter. But hopefully, as the faithful continue to pray, more and more people like Abby will step across the life line and contend for the rights of the unborn.