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

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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 ...

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Overview

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. Now updated with a new chapter covering the latest events in Abby’s journey, in the news, and in changing legislation . . . and revealing the impact Abby’s story has had in the most surprising places. Tyndale House Publishers

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  • ISBN-13: 9781414396545
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 393,128

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Must read book of 2011!

    Having read a pre-release copy of "Unplanned," I can attest that Abby's book is riveting, inspiring, and transformational. Hands-down, this is the most compelling book I have read in years. People on both sides of the controversial abortion issue will be moved by Abby's candor and compassion as she reveals the shocking truth of what she witnessed inside the Planned Parenthood abortion chain -- and what led to her profound a change of heart. I am going to buy copies of "Unplanned" for everyone I know!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    If you can stand the truth...here it is.

    Mrs. Johnson had an intimate insider knowledge of Planned Parenthood. She was director of a clinic in Texas. She thought she was working to reduce the number of abortions, but PP made it clear they wanted them increased, to bring more and more and more revenue.

    After you read this, if you are still wanting more info, I suggest you check out the 'Maafa 21' movie. It will knock you for a loop.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    an absolute must read, but not for the faint of heart...

    I knew going in that this would be a difficult read for me, as I have always been pro-choice. The first chapter had me in tears and I had to put it down and decide whether this was something I was ready to read and allow to possibly change my way of thinking. I am so glad that I did. Abby's story is honest, courageous, incredibly thought provoking and profound. Good for her for telling her story, as hard as it may have been. People need to know the truth. I didn't and reading this has really opened my eyes...

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Incredible revelations

    How many of us would have the courage to walk away from our career? Even if there was a legitimate reason? Here is a woman who thought she was doing a service for other women, working for a respectable organization. Suddenly she is faced with the reality that she is working for an organization that treats women incredibly poor, and treats life like it is an afterthought. This story is of the incredible courage of a woman who had the courage and willingness to stand up to a major business, and reveal truths about it's practices that will make most people shudder. While reading a book of this nature may be emotionally difficult, we owe it to ourselves and to our children to reveal the evils in our world, and to do our best to get rid of them. Read this book. It will change your mind about a lot of things you thought you previously knew.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    AMAZING, Bravo Abby!

    You may remember when Abby made headlines for writing this book and the subsequent attempts by Planned Parenthood to stop her. Well her story is truly wonderful. God opened her eyes to what exactly happens to a baby as he/she goes through abortion. I hope this shed's light on what PP is really about.... MONEY! Listen, I used to be a huge advocate of PP....let's prevent pregnancy! Less abortion! But thats not the case. As a teenager I went to PP and the did not give me the pill...they gave me condoms and spermacide! When I told them I didn't like that they gave me a diaphram....when I did get pregnant I kept my daughter thank goodness. However I became preganant again;I was in an aweful relationship and had an abortion. I tried to get out of it that day but was pressured by the father to get the abortion (he threatened me actually). The aborotion procedure is PAINFUL people! They have to dialiate you and then they used suction to abort my child. I remember the doctor saying "I just want to make sure I get all of it." I couldn't beleive it. I was in a state of shock and huge guilt when a male nurse tried to make me feel better by saying "some people may say it's wrong, but you did the right thing." I told him to shut up...he had NO IDEA what I was going through. I now know that I murdered my baby and wish there had been a law to prevent that horrible mistake. The guilt may not happen now...but someday, if your thinking of having an abortion...when someone asks you how many children you have you'll tell them...but you'll always remember you should be adding one more.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Okay

    Good short story if you have questions about abortion. Shows both sides of the abortion debate

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    A must read for both sides of the issue

    The most balanced look at the debate. It does not demonize either side.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    Overrated--- in my opinion

    I was really excited to read this book based on the reviews and the subject. It was alright. It was VERY repetitive and I found a lot of it boring. I am not a huge religious person, however, I do believe in GOd, but I felt this was more about her spiritual joureny and findings then about pro-life "vs" pro-choice. There was a little information about this and Planned Parenthood's ways, but overall I thought it was just fair. I definitely wish I would've waited and not spent almost $15 on it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Worth It

    Glad I read it, and glad Abby had courage to write it. Nice story telling about a highly controversial subject though it felt like some parts were repeated two or three times. It did get me thinking about my stance on abortion. Worthwhile human interest story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Every man should read this, too.

    A truly remarkable story of one coming to the knowledge and truth of this travesty and the lie of planned parenthood.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Inspiring.

    Inspiring. Eye-opening. Courageous. Every Christian should hear Abby's story. I pray I have the same courage to speak fot the unborn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Very good book

    This book puts a face on the abortion debate. It does chronical her spirtiual journey during this time in her life. The book illustrates the mental and emotional toll due to the battle between the pro-life and pro-choice movements. If you have a daughter, this is a very important book to read. It shows what can happen when a young woman is afraid of what her parents reaction will be to her mistakes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    A heartwrenching, uplifting read

    This book is difficult to read, but well worth the effort. I am eternally grateful to Abby for having the courage to tell her story in a frank (and sometimes unflattering) light. Definitely buy this book & lend it to your friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Awesome Book

    Really good book no matter what side of the abortion issue you are on!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Great Story!

    I read this book on the recommendation of a friend and I'm glad that I read it because it was a wonderful book! Very honest and sad. I didn't want to put it down! I would definitely recommend this book to others! It's a short, easy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Interesting to hear an insider perspective

    I found this book to be interesting. At the end it started to be a bit heavy handed on the religion angle. I didn't mind religion coming into it, but it felt like it got redundant at the very end. Up until that point though, it's not really the main focus. It's more just the true story of what Abby went through.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2011

    Unplanned

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    A Must Read!

    I am glad that I read this book. I have more of an understanding of Planned Parenthood. I am a Christian and I am pro-life. This book reinforced my trust in God. It's amazing how He works in our lives. I now have a desire to participate more fully in the pro-life movement. I appreciated the fact that this was not a "hate" book. It was very informative and was more a testimony of her life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2011

    Horrible.

    What's horrible? Cashing in on the misery of women in a crisis and vilifying one of the only organization in the united states that provides safe, affordable abortions.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    PLAN to touched by the unPlanned truth

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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