Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Prayers ANSWERED .. One Soul at a time!

Former Planned Parenthood director, now pro-life, to become Catholic

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- A woman who walked away from her job as a Planned Parenthood clinic director in 2009, after helping with an ultrasound-guided abortion is preparing to enter the Catholic Church.

Abby Johnson, 30, who has been speaking at pro-life events around the country, will become a Catholic, along with her husband, Doug, in her native Texas within the next few months. The couple has a 4-year-old daughter. "When we went to the Catholic Church for the first time, we knew that was where we were supposed to be and we have been there ever since," said Johnson, who said she particularly loves the church's reverence for Mary as the mother of God.

"The more we started learning about the beliefs of the church and the Eucharist and everything, it seemed like this was what had been missing our whole lives." After eight years as a Planned Parenthood volunteer and employee, Johnson walked away from her job as director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan/College Station, Texas, Oct. 6, 2009, during a prayer vigil by 40 Days for Life. Johnson, who had one abortion at age 20 and another at 23, first began working as a clinic escort while a student at Texas A&M University. Assisting with an ultrasound during an abortion in September 2009 turned her into a pro-life advocate.

She describes the experience in her book "Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of the Planned Parenthood Leader Who Crossed the Life Line to Fight for Women in Crisis," written with Cindy Lambert (Ignatius Press, 2011).
Last night I cracked open Unplanned, the Abby Johnson story, by Thomas Peters

Abby made headlines in 2009 when, as a former Planned Parenthood abortion director, she left the company after experiencing a pro-life conversion during her participation in an ultrasound-assisted abortion. I blogged about it here.
I wasn’t expecting Unplanned to be as good as it is so far. Abby worked with an assisting author to make sure her story and experiences are told in a compelling fashion.
If reading the first chapter doesn’t convince you to buy the book, nothing I say will. But the first chapter convinced me to read on (chapter after chapter, later into the night than I had planned). This is the kind of book that changes hearts, and changes how we talk to the other side, because Abby is from the other side. Her description of the attitudes within Planned Parenthood and those in the abortion industry is as direct as accessing her recent memories.
Unplanned is already available for purchase (yes, on Kindle too) and is about to break into the top 10 bestselling books on Amazon. Let’s push it over the top and in the process, learn how one heart was changed, so we can better reach out to other hearts we want to change. That’s one of the ways we will rebuild a culture of life in this country.
UPDATE: You can purchase the Catholic Edition of the book here.

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