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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“As I took the ultrasound probe in hand, I could not have imagined how the next ten minutes would shake the foundation of my values and change the course of my life.”
Abby Johnson joined Planned Parenthood as a college student because she wanted to help women in crisis—a goal she believed the organization shared. As she rose through the ranks

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“As I took the ultrasound probe in hand, I could not have imagined how the next ten minutes would shake the foundation of my values and change the course of my life.”
Abby Johnson joined Planned Parenthood as a college student because she wanted to help women in crisis—a goal she believed the organization shared. As she rose through the ranks to become a clinic director, however, things started to shift. Finances grew tighter, clinic practices changed, and Abby became increasingly unsettled about what she was being asked to do. But it wasn’t until she helped perform an actual abortion procedure that Abby fully realized what she’d been a part of all those years.
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 had 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
A compelling story of crisis and change, Unplanned is also a reminder of how grace finds us in unlikely places, and how we can all reach out with love to those who stand on opposing sides.
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 liaison between the community and Planned Parenthood as media correspondent. Later promoted to health 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.
Cindy Lambert, vice president and associate publisher at Zondervan, is a veteran of the bookselling industry. For nearly two decades she owned an award-winning bookstore before expanding into leadership roles in distribution, editorial, and publishing in such companies as Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan. As a speaker Cindy has addressed audiences in publishing and bookselling conferences as well as churches and retreats. She and her husband, Dave, have six children and seven grandchildren, and live in Michigan. Tyndale House Publishers

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ISBN-13:
9781414339399
Publisher:
Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 6.24(h) x 0.93(d)

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unPLANNED

The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader's eye-opening journey across the life line
By Abby Johnson Cindy Lambert

TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.

Copyright © 2010 Abby Johnson
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-3939-9


Chapter One

The Ultrasound

Cheryl poked her head into my office. "Abby, they need an extra person back in the exam room. Are you free?"

I looked up from my paperwork, surprised. "Sure."

Though I'd been with Planned Parenthood for eight years, I had never been called into the exam room to help the medical team during an abortion, and I had no idea why I was needed now. Nurse-practitioners were the ones who assisted in abortions, not the other clinic staff. As director of this clinic in Bryan, Texas, I was able to fill in for any position in a pinch, except, of course, for doctors or nurses performing medical procedures. I had, on a few occasions, agreed at a patient's request to stay with her and even hold her hand during the procedure, but only when I'd been the counselor who'd worked with her during intake and counseling. That was not the case today. So why did they need me?

Today's visiting abortionist had been here at the Bryan clinic only two or three times before. He had a private abortion practice about 100 miles away. When I'd talked with him about the job several weeks before, he had explained that at his own facility he did only ultrasound-guided abortions—the abortion procedure with the least risk of complications for the woman. Because this method allows the doctor to see exactly what is going on inside the uterus, there is less chance of perforating the uterine wall, one of the risks of abortion. I respected that about him. The more that could be done to keep women safe and healthy, the better, as far as I was concerned. However, I'd explained to him that this practice wasn't the protocol at our clinic. He understood and said he'd follow our typical procedures, though we agreed he'd be free to use ultrasound if he felt a particular situation warranted it.

To my knowledge, we'd never done ultrasound-guided abortions at our facility. We did abortions only every other Saturday, and the assigned goal from our Planned Parenthood affiliate was to perform twenty-five to thirty-five procedures on those days. We liked to wrap them up by around 2:00 p.m. Our typical procedure took about ten minutes, but an ultrasound added about five minutes, and when you're trying to schedule up to thirty-five abortions in a day, those extra minutes add up.

I felt a moment's reluctance outside the exam room. I never liked entering this room during an abortion procedure—never welcomed what happened behind this door. But since we all had to be ready at any time to pitch in and get the job done, I pushed the door open and stepped in.

The patient was already sedated, still conscious but groggy, the doctor's brilliant light beaming down on her. She was in position, the instruments were laid out neatly on the tray next to the doctor, and the nurse-practitioner was positioning the ultrasound machine next to the operating table.

"I'm going to perform an ultrasound-guided abortion on this patient. I need you to hold the ultrasound probe," the doctor explained.

As I took the ultrasound probe in hand and adjusted the settings on the machine, I argued with myself, I don't want to be here. I don't want to take part in an abortion. No, wrong attitude—I needed to psych myself up for this task. I took a deep breath and tried to tune in to the music from the radio playing softly in the background. It's a good learning experience—I've never seen an ultrasound-guided abortion before, I told myself. Maybe this will help me when I counsel women. I'll learn firsthand about this safer procedure. Besides, it will be over in just a few minutes.

I could not have imagined how the next ten minutes would shake the foundation of my values and change the course of my life.

I had occasionally performed diagnostic ultrasounds for clients before. It was one of the services we offered to confirm pregnancies and estimate how far along they were. The familiarity of preparing for an ultrasound soothed my uneasiness at being in this room. I applied the lubricant to the patient's belly, then maneuvered the ultrasound probe until her uterus was displayed on the screen and adjusted the probe's position to capture the image of the fetus.

I was expecting to see what I had seen in past ultrasounds. Usually, depending on how far along the pregnancy was and how the fetus was turned, I'd first see a leg, or the head, or some partial image of the torso, and would need to maneuver a bit to get the best possible image. But this time, the image was complete. I could see the entire, perfect profile of a baby.

Just like Grace at twelve weeks, I thought, surprised, remembering my very first peek at my daughter, three years before, snuggled securely inside my womb. The image now before me looked the same, only clearer, sharper. The detail startled me. I could clearly see the profile of the head, both arms, legs, and even tiny fingers and toes. Perfect.

And just that quickly, the flutter of the warm memory of Grace was replaced with a surge of anxiety. What am I about to see? My stomach tightened. I don't want to watch what is about to happen.

I suppose that sounds odd coming from a professional who'd been running a Planned Parenthood clinic for two years, counseling women in crisis, scheduling abortions, reviewing the clinic's monthly budget reports, hiring and training staff. But odd or not, the simple fact is, I had never been interested in promoting abortion. I'd come to Planned Parenthood eight years before, believing that its purpose was primarily to prevent unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing the number of abortions. That had certainly been my goal. And I believed that Planned Parenthood saved lives—the lives of women who, without the services provided by this organization, might resort to some back-alley butcher. All of this sped through my mind as I carefully held the probe in place.

"Thirteen weeks," I heard the nurse say after taking measurements to determine the fetus's age.

"Okay," the doctor said, looking at me, "just hold the probe in place during the procedure so I can see what I'm doing."

The cool air of the exam room left me feeling chilled. My eyes still glued to the image of this perfectly formed baby, I watched as a new image entered the video screen. The cannula—a straw-shaped instrument attached to the end of the suction tube—had been inserted into the uterus and was nearing the baby's side. It looked like an invader on the screen, out of place. Wrong. It just looked wrong.

My heart sped up. Time slowed. I didn't want to look, but I didn't want to stop looking either. I couldn't not watch. I was horrified, but fascinated at the same time, like a gawker slowing as he drives past some horrific automobile wreck—not wanting to see a mangled body, but looking all the same.

My eyes flew to the patient's face; tears flowed from the corners of her eyes. I could see she was in pain. The nurse dabbed the woman's face with a tissue.

"Just breathe," the nurse gently coached her. "Breathe."

"It's almost over," I whispered. I wanted to stay focused on her, but my eyes shot back to the image on the screen.

At first, the baby didn't seem aware of the cannula. It gently probed the baby's side, and for a quick second I felt relief. Of course, I thought. The fetus doesn't feel pain. I had reassured countless women of this as I'd been taught by Planned Parenthood. The fetal tissue feels nothing as it is removed. Get a grip, Abby. This is a simple, quick medical procedure. My head was working hard to control my responses, but 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 trying to move away from the probing invader. As the cannula pressed in, the baby began struggling to turn and twist away. It seemed clear to me that the fetus could feel the cannula and did not like the feeling. And then the doctor's voice broke through, startling me.

"Beam me up, Scotty," he said lightheartedly to the nurse. He was telling her to turn on the suction—in an abortion the suction isn't turned on until the doctor feels he has the cannula in exactly the right place.

I had a sudden urge to yell, "Stop!" To shake the woman and say, "Look at what is happening to your baby! Wake up! Hurry! Stop them!"

But even as I thought those words, I looked at my own hand holding the probe. I was one of "them" performing this act. My eyes shot back to the screen again. The cannula was already being rotated by the doctor, and now I could see the tiny body violently twisting with it. For the briefest moment it looked as if the baby were being wrung like a dishcloth, twirled and squeezed. And then the little body crumpled and began disappearing into the cannula before my eyes. The last thing I saw was the tiny, perfectly formed backbone sucked into the tube, and then everything was gone. And the uterus was empty. Totally empty.

I was frozen in disbelief. Without realizing it, I let go of the probe. It slipped off the patient's tummy and slid onto her leg. I could feel my heart pounding—pounding so hard my neck throbbed. I tried to get a deep breath but couldn't seem to breathe in or out. I still stared at the screen, even though it was black now because I'd lost the image. But nothing was registering to me. I felt too stunned and shaken to move. I was aware of the doctor and nurse casually chatting as they worked, but it sounded distant, like vague background noise, hard to hear over the pounding of my own blood in my ears.

The image of the tiny body, mangled and sucked away, was replaying in my mind, and with it the image of Grace's first ultrasound— how she'd been about the same size. And I could hear in my memory one of the many arguments I'd had with my husband, Doug, about abortion.

"When you were pregnant with Grace, it wasn't a fetus; it was a baby," Doug had said. And now it hit me like a lightning bolt: He was right! What was in this woman's womb just a moment ago was alive. It wasn't just tissue, just cells. That was a human baby—fighting for life! A battle that was 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.

Suddenly I felt the eyes of the doctor and nurse on me. It shook me out of my thoughts. I noticed the probe lying on the woman's leg and fumbled to get it back into place. But my hands were shaking now.

"Abby, are you okay?" the doctor asked. The nurse's eyes searched my face with concern.

"Yeah, I'm okay." I still didn't have the probe correctly positioned, and now I was worried because the doctor couldn't see inside the uterus. My right hand held the probe, and my left hand rested gingerly on the woman's warm belly. I glanced at her face—more tears and a grimace of pain. I moved the probe until I'd recaptured the image of her now-empty uterus. My eyes traveled back to my hands. I looked at them as if they weren't even my own.

How much damage have these hands done over the past eight years? How many lives have been taken because of them? Not just because of my hands, but because of my words. What if I'd known the truth, and what if I'd told all those women?

What if?

I had believed a lie! I had blindly promoted the "company line" for so long. Why? Why hadn't I searched out the truth for myself? Why had I closed my ears to the arguments I'd heard? Oh, dear God, what had I done?

My hand was still on the patient's belly, and I had the sense that I had just taken something away from her with that hand. I'd robbed her. And my hand started to hurt—I felt an actual physical pain. And right there, standing beside the table, my hand on the weeping woman's belly, this thought came from deep within me:

Never again! Never again.

I went into autopilot. As the nurse cleaned up the woman, I put away the ultrasound machine, then gently roused the patient, who was limp and groggy. I helped her sit up, coaxed her into a wheelchair, and took her to the recovery room. I tucked a light blanket around her. Like so many patients I'd seen before, she continued to cry, in obvious emotional and physical pain. I did my best to make her more comfortable.

Ten minutes, maybe fifteen at most, had passed since Cheryl had asked me to go help in the exam room. And in those few minutes, everything had changed. Drastically. The image of that tiny baby twisting and struggling kept replaying in my mind. And the patient. I felt so guilty. I'd taken something precious from her, and she didn't even know it.

How had it come to this? How had I let this happen? I had invested myself, my heart, my career in Planned Parenthood because I cared about women in crisis. And now I faced a crisis of my own.

Looking back now on that late September day of 2009, I realize how wise God is for not revealing our future to us. Had I known then the firestorm I was about to endure, I might not have had the courage to move forward. As it was, since I didn't know, I wasn't yet looking for courage. I was, however, looking to understand how I found myself in this place—living a lie, spreading a lie, and hurting the very women I so wanted to help.

And I desperately needed to know what to do next.

This is my story.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from unPLANNED by Abby Johnson Cindy Lambert Copyright © 2010 by Abby Johnson. Excerpted by permission of TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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40daysforlife More than 1 year ago
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!
Lilred227 More than 1 year ago
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...
Anne-B More than 1 year ago
From the introduction, I knew that this was going to be an easy to read, enjoyable book. I picked it up yesterday morning and just finished it twenty minutes ago. In the midst of the past day, I homeschooled, cooked three meals, took my children to Awanas, had a coffee date with my husband, and went to bed at 10 p.m. Can you tell how much I liked this book since I just finished it? Abby Johnson is the former director of the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Bryan, Texas. She had been with Planned Parenthood for eight years. One Saturday in 2009, she was asked to assist in an ultrasound guided abortion. That day she walked out vowing to find another job. After two weeks, she left. That two weeks was not a period of two weeks notice. Rather, it was the timeline she had given herself for getting her ducks in a row to leave. She describes what she saw in that ultrasound and my eyes cannot fight the tears even as I think about it now. It isn't graphic, but it explains the truth--what an abortion really is. But, this story is not just a story of abortion. It is a story of "Right reasons, wrong choices." (p.10 from Unplanned) It is a story of compassion and seeing the other side, not as enemies, but as misled, decieved, and lost. It is a story of God working in Abby's life just as he worked in Joseph's life. Genesis 50:20 NIV You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Literally. One thing I loved most about the book was her story of how she can now see God working in all things in her life. He has brought her to the place she is now. He was watching over her even as she made wrong choices. He is working in all things. Jesus calls us to love our enemies. Luke 6:35 NIV But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Abby's story shares with us what it really looks like to do just that. The people at Coalition for Life respected her, prayed for her, loved her... And they didn't give up. Her story is also very human in that it acknowledges the imperfections of people. She is not self righteous and she does not cover up the reasoning that led her to make the decisions she did. She sees her own culpability, but also fully lives in God's grace. Many people turned away from her on both sides as she walked through these eight years. Many others did not. Let us be like those who did not. Let us love people those who are easy to love and those who are not well. Let us love those who we agree with and those who we disagree with well. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this review from Tyndale Publishing for review.
arkmonk More than 1 year ago
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.
VoraciousReaderBT More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down... It showed me that those naive Planned Parenthood folks really do think they are helping women.
kyd123 More than 1 year ago
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.
Lisa Seitzinger More than 1 year ago
Good short story if you have questions about abortion. Shows both sides of the abortion debate
avidreaderMI More than 1 year ago
The most balanced look at the debate. It does not demonize either side.
40daysforlife More than 1 year ago
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 this book for everyone I know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
onyourside2011 More than 1 year ago
A truly remarkable story of one coming to the knowledge and truth of this travesty and the lie of planned parenthood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring. Eye-opening. Courageous. Every Christian should hear Abby's story. I pray I have the same courage to speak fot the unborn.
JlynnW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to read about the journey Abby Johnson took from being on "one side of the fence" to the other. The book was easy to read, but at times got confusing going from the past to the current. But, I still couldn't put it down.
action_djackson More than 1 year ago
At first glance, Unplanned sounds like another agenda-driven story, wrapped in the all the rhetoric of the pro-life/pro-choice debate, designed to tear down whatever credibility it can from the machine known as Planned Parenthood. That, however, couldn't be farther from the truth. Instead, Unplanned is a story of a young woman's honest journey to find meaning in serving others. Abby's story is one wrapped in grace, not hate; it is a story that tears down walls that our political/moral/religious agendas so often erect, and instead focuses on the people caught within those debates. Abby's journey is one of searching for meaning and significance; of breaking free from bondage of sin and shame to fully become who she was created to be; and of finding hope and forgiveness in the most unlikely places. Make no mistake, Abby's experience exposes the lies, selfishness, and tragedies that hide within the pro-choice agenda, specifically at Planned Parenthood. Her awakening to these truths will make you cringe, weep, and cringe some more. At it's heart, however, this documentary does not point fingers and it does not sling mud. The overarching message here is one of grace, love, and understanding. In the wake of the death of Osama Bin Laden, where professing Christians - people who claim to live and exemplify the love of Jesus Christ - continue to spew hate and judgement all over the social media networks, I cannot think of a message that is more apropos. You will be inspired by the peaceful, loving, prayerful responses from a handful of people who recognized that neither Abby, nor any of the other women entering and exiting the Planned Parenthood clinic, are the enemy; they are, rather, the victims caught in a war and a lie that goes far beyond any single issue or agenda. "We can't change our past, but if we dwell in it, it won't allow our hearts and our minds to glorify God the way we should." - Abby Johnson
Ellybean More than 1 year ago
This DVD documentary is based off the book "Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line". I watched this DVD on my own but am looking forward to sharing it with my friends. I believe this movie can make a real impact on it's viewers and would encourage it to be seen in group settings. Abby Johnson shares her compelling tale with truth and conviction leaving nothing out. Be warned that you will probably need to have a box of tissues at your side. I personally have strong feelings against the Planned Parenthood movement so a lot of it was hard to stomach being reminded how they treat babies as if they are not even human beings and telling the mother's that they'll be fine after the procedures! It's sad so many believe the lies that they are being fed by the Planned Parenthood group. Many praises to God that the eyes of Abby Johnson were opened after she had to sit in an help with an actual abortion seeing a baby in pain after she was told that they felt nothing as the procedure was happening! This story is full of emotion and brokenness and seeing that true healing come from God the father. I was encouraged that the pro-lifers continued to reach out to Abby in love but not hate. There are some pretty radical protesters that are so out there that no one is going to listen too. But in planting the seeds of kindness and love without baking down on their own beliefs the 40 Days of Life group was able to reach through to Abby as well. Overall a testimony which I believe everyone should be able to listen and view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abby Johnson has excellent writing skills. The book flowed well and was easy to read. It was insightful to me as well in that she describes how some pro-life tactics do not have the intended effect on abortionists. It's an excellent book that cuts through the political mumbo jumbo to expose the realities of abortion. A must read for people on both sides of the fence.
Super_Shat More than 1 year ago
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.
Leslie Angerer More than 1 year ago
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!
Brandi Trevino More than 1 year ago
Really good book no matter what side of the abortion issue you are on!
AriFlo More than 1 year ago
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.
MAK06 More than 1 year ago
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.
Texasquilter More than 1 year ago
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.
WEEBLES More than 1 year ago
Abby's story of her journey from one side of the fence to the other is compelling. Cindy's writing is excellent,enhancing the readability of this true life story. Abby learned from the Coalition for Life that positive interaction is more effective, as well as being more right-minded. The way she tells her tale avoids negativity and disparaging comments about those she left behind when she walked away from PP, co-workers, clients, volunteers. The path she took to the point at which she heard and answered God's call, runs through some dark times. I'm glad she was willing to share it with us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.