Abby Johnson was still in college when she first encountered Planned Parenthood at an on-campus information booth. A representative for the abortion provider told her it existed to help women — and Abby was sold. She didn’t know at the time the organization was the nation’s leading abortion provider.
In short order, Abby began volunteering in 2001 at a Planned Parenthood facility in Bryan, Texas. One of her first responsibilities was to escort women coming for an abortion. She often encountered individuals from the 40 Days for Life outreach. They stood in front of the abortion facility, praying and offering resources to encourage women to choose life for their unborn child.
Abby quickly climbed the ranks of the organization to become a clinic director, the youngest in Planned Parenthood’s history. This is when she began to see a dark side. Abby stated, “Planned Parenthood doesn’t make its money on promoting contraception or family planning, but through abortion.” She realized that abortions fuel Planned Parenthood’s money machine. But she still believed she was helping women in crisis. In fact, she counseled thousands of women to get an abortion.
But on September 29, 2009, Abby’s life changed forever. She was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion, which was not a part of her regular duties. What she saw on the ultrasound screen will be etched in her mind forever. “I could see the whole profile of the baby: 13 weeks, head to foot. I could see the whole side profile. I could see the probe. I could see the baby try to move away from the probe.” She had seen ultrasounds before, but never one on an unborn child.
She couldn’t believe it! A human life. An unborn child with a beating heart. Her thoughts were, “Never again! What am I doing?” She submitted her resignation nine days later. “I looked out the window and saw a couple of women praying and I thought, that’s where I need to go,” Johnson said.
She left Planned Parenthood and joined forces with the 40 Days for Life ministry. She began standing outside the Planned Parenthood facility where she formerly worked, offering help and hope to those going in for an abortion procedure. It was an amazing change of heart. Abby Johnson was now pro-life.
She later formed And Then There Were None, a ministry providing resources to abortion workers who are transitioning out of the industry. Since its inception, Abby’s outreach has helped 430 workers leave the abortion industry.
Johnson told her gripping story in her popular 2011 book, Unplanned. And now the book has become a movie with a nationwide release date of March 29, 2019. It’s a dramatic and eye-opening account of what really goes on behind abortion facility doors.
“When Unplanned comes to theaters, this movie will make abortion unpopular,” said Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, who wrote and directed the film. “This is the most important movie anyone will ever see on the most controversial issue of our time.”
God rescued Johnson and He’s now using her story to impact the world for life. For more information and local theatres, visit www.unplannedfilm.com.