Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line

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by Abby Johnson
     
 

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Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
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 an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a

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Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
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 an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street 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. Tyndale House Publishers

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ISBN-13:
9781414339405
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
10/21/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Unplanned 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before watching Unplanned, I would not say I was either ProLife or ProChoice. I knew I would never have an abortion myself but I wasn't sure it was right to say that no woman could have one. After watching Abby's story and seeing the event that changed her life in the Planned Parenthood clinic in September 2009, I am now against abortions. It was very interesting to hear about Abby's past and how she got started with Planned Parenthood and then to see what caused her to leave. This documentary had a very big impact on me. The section that was the most impactful, the part about the ultrasound guided abortion, was difficult to watch but I will never forget it.
NikoleHahn More than 1 year ago
Too often we paint the people who work in the abortion clinics as evil, instead of seeing them through the lens of the Word with compassion and love. Without the compassion and love of Coalition for Life/40 Days for Life in Texas, Abby Johnson might never have fully realized her error. Swept up in the rally's and the propaganda put out by Planned Parenthood, Abby like any other young woman went into this organization wanting to help women in crisis. She worked as a volunteer at first, but her fiery personality soon sped her through the organization until she eventually become the director of the Texas Planned Parenthood clinic. Abby grew up in a Christian, pro-life family. She believed in the pro-life beliefs until the pro-choice rhetoric from a recruiter made her waver. As my husband and I sat through this amazing DVD we glimpsed Planned Parenthood's true agenda. Their biased so-called counseling, their propaganda documents, their "pep rallys" to keep their workers enthusiastic about the company, and their intense focus on just doing abortions really brought home how we have devalued life since Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood couldn't offer post abortion counseling, she says, because that would infer that an abortion hurts women. Abby tells us Planned Parenthood forbids any worker or volunteer from using the word "baby." Call it a Fetus or an embryo, but don't call it a baby-that in itself is quite telling. She had two abortions before she married a pro-life man and became pregnant with her third. She kept her little girl, but understanding the damage that abortion causes didn't occur to her until a visiting doctor called her in to aid in an abortion. She had to hold the ultra sound instrument to the woman's belly and watched in horror as the instrument began to dismember the baby alive. Planned Parenthood told her and other workers that at 13-weeks a baby doesn't feel anything. Science however has proven otherwise. The baby fought for life in that ultra sound and two weeks later, Abby went to the Coalition for Life and begged for help in leaving Planned Parenthood. She chose morals over money. Abby showed us two sides of the pro-life movement in this DVD-the compassionate and loving side who stood outside the gates and quietly prayed and who tried to reach out to the women who came for an abortion, and the other side who called the women murderers, dressed in costume, and loudly yelled at each woman who drove through the gate. In every movement there are those who go to the extreme. I am really beginning to understand now how tough it must be for those women who go there and feel as if there is no way out. Abby, in fact, got her first abortion because it was her boyfriends suggestion. It struck me that the men who impregnate the women have nothing to lose by suggesting abortion. They get their freedom with having sex without the constraints of marriage or children. The women in this case have everything to lose-their baby's life, and their health and mental well-being, among other things. From May 6-8 my blog is celebrating Mother's Day by celebrating life in the womb. If you leave a comment, I will put your name into a drawing to win a free copy of unplanned. A copy of this DVD was provided by Tyndale to review. I am not required to give a positive review.
nrnoodle More than 1 year ago
Abby Johnson was raised in a Christian home and led a storybook life. At 17, she went off to college and as an impressionable and inquisitive girl she looked for causes that interested her. She developed a relationship with a man and found that she was pregnant. He took her to have an abortion and made it seem very normal. A couple of years later, she was pregnant again and took the abortion pill. Then the relationship ended. About the time she finished college she started volunteering for Planned Parenthood because they presented to her that she would be helping women make important choices in their lives. Eventually, much to her parents' chagrin, Abby became an employee of Planned Parenthood and eventually became the director of the facility in Bryan College Station, TX. Working in the Planned Parenthood facility she was constantly faced with fielding the Right to Life people outside the fence. She noted that the ones that wore bizarre costumes and shouted evil things to the women coming to the clinic only enforced the stereotype of the crazy right to lifers. Those that really made an impression on her though were the quiet, respectful, dedicated people that stood out there and prayed every day and counseled the women that were entering the facility. She made up her mind to get along with those people, rather than be confrontational like previous directors had been. One day Abby was called to assist an abortion doctor in the clinic who was doing an ultrasound as he did the procedure. She was shocked and dismayed to see the child on the ultrasound and watch it sucked out in pieces. She immediately knew that what she had been telling people for years and what she had been told was not true. She also knew immediately that she could no longer be a party to it. She resigned from Planned Parenthood and sought counsel from the Coalition for Life people that she had conversed with in front of the clinic for years. She has become an advocate for Life and speaks all over the country. Planned Parenthood tried to intimidate her by filing an injunction against her but it was dismissed in court. You can see a trailer for this life changing and thought provoking DVD on YouTube. I encourage you all to watch the DVD. It is so eye opening. Share it with friends and also watch it with your kids. I believe boys need to be educated aobut this just as much as boys. This is a story of how God can turn a life around in an instant. Just as Paul's life was changed in an instant on the Road to Damascus, Abby Johnson's whole life's course was altered in front of that ultrasound monitor that day.
LifeWorthServing More than 1 year ago
I got together with a few of my friends and family to watch this DVD. I loved how the DVD showed the heart of Abby's change as well as the heart of those involved in her change. In my opinion, there is no wat to compare a book and a movie. Books always give greater detail and let's your imagination run wild...However, the DVD was well made, and really showed the heart of the change that God did in Abby's heart. I did a video review of this DVD which you can find on my blog: lifeworthserving
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
Abby Johnson was the director of one of the largest Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas when she made a courageous decision to walk away from her job. After 8 years with the organization, it only took witnessing one ultrasound image of an abortion procedure to change her mind about abortion. Little did Abby know this decision would catapult her story into the national spotlight; her change of heart also resulted in her becoming a very public figure in pro-life community. Unplanned, based on the book of the same name, tells Abby's story and provides insight on her decision and her current life mission to help women. This documentary does a great job of telling the story factually; it's not about bashing Planned Parenthood. I enjoyed learning more about Abby's story and her passion for helping women in crisis. I also learned a few things about the Planned Parenthood organization and how they operate; again, this information was presented in a factual manner. Watching this documentary definitely piqued my interest in this story, I'd love to read the book.
tiffmalloy More than 1 year ago
When I signed up to review Unplanned, the story of Abby Johnson going from a Planned Parenthood director to pro-life speaker and advocate, I was hesitant to get my hopes up. I had heard about this story on national news, but didn't know much. I figured by viewing this DVD, I would hear the whole story and be able to weigh in with my thoughts and reactions. First, I must give a background in where I come from in this conversation. I am an evangelical Christian from conservative roots, so the debate surrounding abortion has been a hot one for me, especially in my youth group years. But, because of the ridiculousness of some pro-life marchers, I had checked out of this public debate several years ago. I think this is the case with many from my generation. Overall, I must say that this documentary was very tasteful. It focused mostly on Abby's life, her experiences with abortions, her faith development, and the ways that the Lord worked in Abby's heart to bring her to the place she is today. One of the biggest pieces of this film was about the need for relationships. Abby's change of heart didn't happen overnight. She didn't just see the people praying outside of her Planned Parenthood clinic and say, "Yeah, okay, you're right. Let's not do this anymore." It was actually through the relationships- the acts of compassion and authentic love shown to Abby by a couple of the women of Coalition for Life- that gave her a place to turn after she had a change of heart about directing Planned Parenthood. Another key component was compassion. Abby described how some of the people protesting Planned Parenthood were judgmental, graphic, and down right ridiculous (some even dressing up as the Grim Reaper). She said these were not helpful, nor encouraged relationships. This is important for the church to hear. At the end of the film, Abby's mom emphasized that it's easy to be judgmental towards others when we they are doing things we don't agree with. But she encouraged everyone to have compassion on others because we don't really understand until we have walked in their shoes. Good word. Finally, this film showed the need for campus-based college ministries. Abby was a natural leader and strong Christian. When she got to college at Texas A&M, she felt a little lost and just wanted to make friends. She did that with people in her hall, and then got involved in the party scene. Unprotected sex led to her first pregnancy, and then her first abortion. I think a year or so later, one day during a Student Activities Mart, she saw a Planned Parenthood booth, heard their spiel, and signed up to volunteer. To me, her whole college story would have been different if she would have gotten connected into a campus-based ministry where she could use her natural leadership to invest in Kingdom-building ways, and also been challenged to think through this issue of abortion instead of just always being told to be pro-life. My biggest complaint about this film would be that at times it sounded like a Coalition for Life infomercial instead of a story of a woman whose life was changed by the Spirit. This 60 minute film may be a good one to show to help start a discussion about issues surrounding the right for life debate. Thanks, Tyndale, for giving me this copy for free in exchange for a review! So generous! :)
VicG More than 1 year ago
Focus on the Family in association with Tyndale House Publishers and Franklin Films brings us unPLANNED, the documentary on Abby Johnson When you watch this documentary the first thing you might experience is that this is captivating. My wife were going to watch the DVD like we watch everything else, doing other little chores, but we found we could not while this DVD was playing. Abby Johnson came from a good Christian home with a loving environment and everything was fine until she went to college. There she met an older man who got her pregnant and, when told, drove her to get an abortion. Time passed and Abby got pregnant again and, again, she had an abortion. She was drawn to the Planned Parenthood Clinics where she worked as a volunteer. It was there that she met volunteers for the Coalition For Life. Abby eventually went to work for Planned Parenthood and moved up the corporate ladder until she was in charge of the office. One day she was asked to help with the ultrasound and while she was watching the picture of the baby on the monitor the doctor did his procedure and she witnessed the baby die. That was on a Saturday on Monday she drove out of the Planned Parenthood parking lot and over to the Coalition For Life parking lot where she began her new work. This DVD documents the life of this young woman and her experiences with both sides of the fence. Hearing the story from both sides is thought provoking and life challenging. If you haven't already made a decision as to what side of the fence you are on this DVD will help you make it. Life is full of decisions, and every decision we make has an echo that affects our future. The Unite for LIFE webcast is a free webcast featuring Abby Johnson that will benefit pregnancy care organizations. You can sign up to participate on May 17 at 8:00 p.m. (in all time zones) at uniteforlifewebcast. Unplanned the book and the DVD will be available for purchase as a package deal and 33% of each purchase will go to crisis pregnancy centers like CareNet, the National Institute of Family & Life Advocates, and Heartbeat International. During this webcast, hosted by Kelly Rosati, Vice President of Community Outreach for Focus on the Family, you'll discover why Abby is now an advocate for the pro-life pregnancy centers and clinics around the nation that truly serve women and save lives. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."Group.