Introduction by David Bereit, 40 Days for Life
Foreword by Fr. Frank Pavone Priests for Life
Publisher's Note by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.
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.
In the pages of Unplanned, you'll also discover:
- What Abby found so attractive about the mission and goals of Planned Parenthood
- The personal secret that Abby kept buried for years
- The things she'd believed and told patients that she discovered not to be true
- An insider's perspective on Planned Parenthood's practices as well as the heartfelt but misguided efforts of some radical antiabortion activists
- The courage and resilience she's seen on both sides of the fence-from staff members to clients in crisis to prayerful volunteers
"Beautifully written, intimate and honest. A wonderful portrait of the power of truth and grace working in the human heart."
+ Archbishop Charles Chaput
"This remarkable book is destined to reshape the culture of death into a culture of love, life and hope in Christ the Lord . . . it's a life-changer!"
- Judie Brown, President, American Life League Inc.
"The moving true story of the shocking truth of abortion and how God's love transformed Abby's life."
- Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
"Abby Johnson is one of the bravest women I know. Once she realized the truth, Abby had the courage to leave the abortion industry and become a powerful voice for the defenseless. Her inspiring story challenges us to face the truth about the abortion industry and its many victims."
- Lila Rose, President, Live Action
"Abby walked out of the abortion industry and came into my office just next door. After seeing her transformation from running a Planned Parenthood to joining our efforts to help women and save lives, I believe that ANYONE can change their mind on abortion."
- Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life
"Abby Johnson's journey from Planned Parenthood insider to pro-life activist is a powerful witness to the tireless efforts and prayers of those working on the frontlines in this culture of death so prevalent in our world today. "
-Teresa Tomeo, Syndicated Catholic Talk-Host
"A compellingly candid story! Not argument or ideology but first-person facts and utterly honest feelings."
-Peter Kreeft, Author, Three Approaches to Abortion
"This is the remarkable story of how one director of a Planned Parenthood abortion center came to realize that truth - and what she did about it."
- Eduardo Verastegui, Star of Bella
"Abby Johnson's story is one of great moral courage in an age that groans for lack of it. Hers is a modern parable of hope for us all, witnessing to the truth that sets the human heart free."
-Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List
Abby Johnson holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in counseling from Sam Houston State University. She was hired by Planned Parenthood in 2005 and progressed to the position of community services director and health educator, where she served as liason between the community and Planned Parenthood as media correspondent. Later promoted to heath center director, Johnson ran both the family planning and abortion programs. In 2009 she left Planned Parenthood and joined the local Coalition for Life as a volunteer. She continues her volunteer activities and now works on projects with the national 40 Days for Life campaign. She and her husband, Doug, have a young daughter and live in Texas.
For more information, visit the Unplanned website.
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