Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity that they fought to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her fellow workers. Despite a growing unrest within her, she stayed on and strove to serve women in crisis.
All of that changed on September 26, 2009 when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion.
She watched in horror as a 13 week baby fought, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist.
At that moment, the full realization of what abortion was and what she had dedicated her life to washed over Abby and a dramatic transformation took place. Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.
Planned Parenthood did not take Abby’s exodus sitting down. They are fully aware that the workers who leave are their greatest threat. Instantly, they took action to silence Abby with a gag order and took her to court. The lawsuit was quickly seen as the sham it was and thrown out of court. The media was, and continues to be, intensely interested in Abby’s story as well as her continued efforts to advocate for the unborn and help clinic workers escape the abortion industry. She is a frequently requested guest on Fox News and a variety of other shows and the author of the nationally best-selling book, Unplanned, which chronicles both her experiences within Planned Parenthood and her dramatic exit.
Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 300 workers leave the abortion industry. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and five precious children.
"Abby was a fantastic speaker! Our donors made so many kind comments on the involvement cards regarding her presentation. Many of them had NO idea what went on at Planned Parenthood. Many of them stated how their eyes had been opened. Her sense of humor interweaved into a not so pleasant topic, made her speech even more effective. This was our biggest banquet yet!!!!"
- Sherrianne Leach, Care Net Pregnancy Center of Owensboro
“Abby Johnson presented a Very Powerful message. We have continued to receive follow-up calls, e-mails and letters thanking us for having her at this year’s annual banquet. We had our highest giving ever – thanks to Abby!”
- Patti Willenborg, Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland
“You didn't tell me Abby would bring the house down! Everyone was amazed by her awesome testimony and inspirational talk at our Annual Banquet. She really gave us all something to think about and a quick pro-life "kick in the buns" to get moving and "do more to end abortion!" We were very pleased with her and very pleased with the amount we raised which was our largest banquet income ever!”
-Ark-La-Tex Crisis Pregnancy Center
"Abby is always an amazing, focused, inspired and inspiring speaker. She did a phenomenal job reaching the teens in the audience, as always!"
-Pat Millea, St. Michael Catholic Church
"I would highly recommend Abby Johnson for any event. We all need to raise money for our ministries, but if you want your guests to leave with a burning conviction to get involved in the pro-life cause, Abby Johnson is the speaker for you."
-Lynnette Carter, Living Hope Women's Center
"Our executive director and I have both remarked that we have never had ANYONE make an appeal for funds as effectively as Abby (Johnson) did. She was incredible, leading the audience through the finances of Planned Parenthood to then lead them to the point of giving to CPC. Wow! We have never, ever raised so much at one event – and with 95% women in the room. Unheard of."
-Sherry Buller, CPC Pregnancy Center
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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.
The Walls Are Talking
This book narrates the harrowing and life-changing experiences of former abortion clinic workers, including those of the author, who once directed abortion services at a large Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. These individuals, whose names have been changed to protect their identities, left their jobs in the abortion industry after experiencing a change of heart. They have come forward with their stories, not for fame or notoriety, but to shed light on the reality of abortion. They want their stories to change the lives of others for the better.
These stories are difficult to read, because an abortion is an act of violence, harming not only the obvious victim--the unborn child-- but also the mother, the father, the doctor, and everyone else involved. But these stories also offer hope, for they show that anyone, no matter what part the person has played in an abortion, can start anew, can make amends for past mistakes. They demonstrate that the first step on that journey is telling the truth, as these courageous individuals do in these pages.
"Those of us that have worked in the abortion industry all live with a constant burden. We can't let our burden slide off of our shoulders; it is what keeps us on fire. It reminds us of why we fight so hard. We have seen death and evil in a way that most haven't and we participated. But we are forgiven. He who has been forgiven much, loves much. And we love a lot. I am eagerly awaiting the day when we can call all abortionists and clinic workers former and repentant abortion providers."
-- Abby Johnson, author
"Abby Johnson has done a phenomenal job of gathering the experiences of those who have worked in the abortion industry. The movement of grace that brings them out of the industry is profound. The wounds that they carry remind us that the abortion debate is not a moral and philosophical discussion, but a heart issue! The walking wounded are everywhere and, as Abby concludes, it is love and respect that heals the heart."
-- Vicki Thorn, Founder, Project Rachel
"In this riveting, compelling book, Abby Johnson tenderly holds out a loving hand of compassion to those millions of Americans who've participated in an abortion and takes a giant step toward healing our abortion-wounded nation."
"I've seen Abby's transformational story inspire people around the world, and I've witnessed the experiences of many other workers who are also now abandoning the abortion industry. Read and share the testimonies in this important book. It's time to let the world know what really goes on behind the closed doors of the abortion industry."
-- David Bereit, Founder, 40 Days for Life
"This is such an important book right now. At a time when Planned Parenthood is under so much scrutiny and pressure, these stories of former abortion clinic workers could make a huge difference when it comes to shutting down abortion providers and ending abortion all together. "
Teresa Tomeo, Radio Host, Author, Extreme Makeover
"Abby Johnson is one of the bravest women I know. Once she realized the truth about abortion, Abby had the courage to leave the abortion industry and become a powerful voice for the defenseless. She challenges us to face the truth about the abortion industry and its many victims."
-- Lila Rose, President, Live Action