As I was growing up, I was always aware that my family was very prolife. My mom was part of marches and sidewalk counseling in front of abortion clinics. We always supported the Crisis Pregnancy Center in town. We were prolife, not because we are against women or against women having any rights or because we wanted women to resort to unsafe, back alley abortions. We were prolife because a life is a life, no matter how early in life. And, in order to truly support people's "rights" we also supported the rights of the unborn to live.
But, enough of my soapbox and on to the book. Although I haven't been as active in the prolife movement since I became a homeschooling mom with four children of my own, it's still something I passionately defend and promote when I can (thus my soapbox above.) And I heard the news when a former Planned Parenthood clinic director left the organization after witnessing an ultrasound guided abortion.
Abby Johnson had been with the Planned Parenthood organization for eight years. She began as a volunteer at a clinic in Texas. She went on to be employed by that clinic and to become its director. Although she didn't like abortion, she wasn't morally opposed to it. She had had two abortions herself in her young college years. She believed Planned Parenthood's line that their goal was to make abortion "rare" by focusing on birth control and patient education. And she had been in conflict more and more as her clinic was pushed to increase their abortion numbers because of a drop in revenue.
She finally broke down when she was asked to hold the ultrasound wand during an ultrasound guided abortion. She had never watched an abortion before and was horrified to see a baby that was obviously a developing baby cringe and jerk away from the abortion tool. As the baby crumpled and was removed, Abby was in a daze. Less than a week later she was at the office for Coalition for Life, a prolife group in the same town who had had volunteers praying at Abby's clinic for the last eight years. Little did she know, their prayers were being answered in her life.
This is an amazing story. I felt as if I were there as I read. The story is told in Abby's words with the help of Cindy Lambert, an author. The two do an amazing job of taking the reader along on Abby's journey.
I was so moved that I want to begin to volunteer again. I want to be a part of the prolife movement that prays for the patients, the clinics, and the clinic workers and even abortion doctors. It is so evident through Abby's story that God answers prayer.
You can find out more about Abby Johnson and her nonprofit ministry to those who have formerly worked in the abortion industry on her website here.
Unplanned is an incredible, moving memoir. It was an excellent read for my first read of the new year. I give it 5 stars and a PG-13 for content (description of what goes on in the clinic).
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.