Many in the pro life community in Australia will recall the news in 2009 of the ‘defection’ of Planned Parenthood Director, Abby Johnson in the US. Her clinic in Bryan, Texas was the site of one of the first 40 Days for Life prayer campaigns, where participants had prayed for Abby through 5 campaigns.
On 2 November 2009, LifeSiteNews reported that Johnson, who had been affiliated with the Planned Parenthood facility for eight years, and worked as its director for two had began to feel uncomfortable with Planned Parenthood's business philosophy. The organization, suffering from the economic downturn, had told her to try to bring more abortions in the door. "The money wasn't in family planning, the money wasn't in prevention, the money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that," said Johnson.
Immediately after leaving the abortion industry and switching to the pro life position, Planned Parenthood reacted with legal action by filing for a temporary restraining order, seeking to prevent Johnson from disclosing confidential information, reported LSN. "We regret being forced to turn to the courts to protect the safety and confidentiality of our clients and staff; however, in this instance it is absolutely necessary," said Planned Parenthood in a statement.
The huge lawsuit that followed has failed and Abby’s book ‘Unplanned’ was released this week following a webcast that attracted over 20,000 participants. Chapter 1 is available on the web for download.
Abby joined the pro life effort in the US after witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion on a 13 week gestational age baby. She describes what she witnessed in her book:
I couldn’t shake an inner disquiet that was quickly mounting to horror as I watched the screen. The next movement was the sudden jerk of a tiny foot as the baby started kicking, as if it were trying to move away from the probing invader. As the cannula pressed its side, the baby began struggling to turn and twist away. It seemed clear to me that it could feel the cannula, and it did not like what it was feeling.
… it hit me like a lightning bolt: …What was in this woman’s womb just a moment ago was alive. It wasn’t just tissue, just cells. It was a human baby. And it was fighting for its life! A battle it lost in the blink of an eye. What I have told people for years, what I’ve believed and taught and defended, is a lie.
Abby’s book has already made Amazon.com’s bestseller books list and will rock the abortion industry as the ugly underbelly is exposed by this courageous young woman.