Unplanned

Unplanned

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

Book - 2010
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When Abby Johnson, director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, walked across the road in October 2009 to join the Coalition for Life, she made national headlines. In "Unplanned," she tells her story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line.
Publisher: [Carol Stream, Ill.] : SaltRiver, c2010.
ISBN: 9781414339399
1414339399
Characteristics: xi, 267 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lambert, Cindy

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PiggyReads
Aug 19, 2020

This was a really good book! Abby Johnson has a very unique perspective as she had two abortions and was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic before she woke up to the evil that she was participating in and became pro-life. Today, she is a pro-lifer and fights to protect unborn babies and help women and she does it with care and grace. Having both perspectives, I think, really enriches her story and makes her even more genuine. This book tells her story from being recruited at Planned Parenthood as a college student, to volunteering at Planned Parenthood and becoming the director, to the pro-lifers always at the other side of the fence, to the stunning developments of being forced to make abortion a priority, to the famous moment where she helped participate in an abortion, her escape out of Planned Parenthood, her experience being in court, and eventually, to where she is today as a pro-lifer who truly wants to help women. This book will inspire you and I would recommend this book to any pro-lifer or an open-minded pro-choicer. A beautiful and inspirational read!

JCLGladisO Jul 17, 2020

This book tells the story of Abby Johnson and the reasons why she became a pro-life activist. She describes her first experience conducting an ultrasound-guided abortion. I would not recommend this book if you are squeamish. I was shocked at how abortions are conducted. I like the way the book was written it wasn't condemning pro-choice, it gives you a peek at both sides which was refreshing.

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white_wolf_874
Jul 05, 2020

Like most trump supporters - the fake religious conservatives are brainwashed into believing women should be forced to carry all fetus's to full term. But these hypocrites never support actual living babies and children. They vote to take away any form of food stamps or healthcare, they vote against public schooling. They never adopt babies with severe life long disabilities or born addicted to drugs. They are against schools having sex ed about birth control. They vote against Obamacare so many women have no access to affordable healthcare. They only blame the women. Men? No punishment for them right? Just put the women in jail. I wonder what all these fake christians would do if their 14 year old daughter was pregnant? Get them a secret abortion. But they do love the con man in the WH who actually said "Grab em by the pussy" . No logical thought by these people. Remember the lady in this documentary has also been proven to be a liar just like Dumpy. These fake christians also refuse to wear masks during a pandemic because of their "rights" even though over 130,000 people in the US have died. I guess they don't care about the lives of the elderly and people with poor immune systems that much. I would love to know how they justify that in their little uneducated minds.

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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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