1. Tell us about your background as a Planned Parenthood director and how you became a pro-life activist.
Abby Johnson has always been fiercely determined to help women in
need. This desire is what led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation's largest abortion provider, and caused
her to flee the organization, becoming an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement.
During her eight
years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose through the organization's ranks and became a clinic director. However, Abby
became increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. Abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate
necessity they were fighting to decrease. Still, Abby loved the women that entered her clinic and her co-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 for, and ultimately lost, its life at the hand of the abortionist.
At that moment,
she fully realized what abortion actually was and what she had dedicated her life to. As it washed over Abby, a dramatic transformation
had occurred. 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 departure sitting down. The organization is fully aware the workers who leave are their greatest threat. They
took immediate action to silence Abby with a gag order and brought her to court. The lawsuit was quickly seen as the sham
it was and it was ultimately 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. She also the author of the
nationally best-selling book, Unplanned, which chronicles both her experiences within Planned Parenthood and her dramatic
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 in transitioning out of the industry. To date,
this ministry has helped over 430 workers leave the abortion industry. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and seven precious
2. What is the
biggest lie people believe about abortion?
Probably that abortion is a "solution" to a problem. Women choose abortion because they don't feel they have
any choice...which is the biggest myth of the term "pro-choice." Abortion usually just compounded problems instead
actually fixing them.
3. How best can
we help stop abortions from happening?
We have to change the culture. And that's what we are doing through improved pregnancy centers, prolife medical
centers, maternity homes, 40 Days for Life and other ministries that cater to helping both the mother and her unborn child.
We also know that our laws dictate our morality, which is why principled prolife legislation is also key.
Millions of children have been murdered in the womb since Roe v. Wade. This is genocide of the unborn and it must stop. How
can we end abortion in America?
See above answer.
pro-life sources are now trying to alert women that the birth control pill is not what it's made out to be. Can you tell us
about why the pill is dangerous? What would you recommend as an alternative?
When I worked for Planned Parenthood, I said this ALL of the time. "The only way to reduce
the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. The only way to reduce the number of unintended
pregnancies is to increase the supply of contraceptive methods." I wish I had a dollar for every time I said that to
a legislator or a media reporter, a client or even myself.
It seems to make sense when you
look at it, but really, it makes no sense at all. It was just another justification I used to lie to myself over and over
again to help me feel better about the abortions I was party to. "I am just trying to decrease the number by working
here!" Yeah, right.
Studies show that contraception DOESN'T actually reduce the number
of abortions. A recent study actually showed the opposite; the higher the contraception rate, the higher the abortion rate.
Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood's hired research firm, actually showed
similar statistics. On their website, they illustrate how 60 percent of abortive women stated that they were using a contraceptive
method at the time they got pregnant. Hmmm. I thought the "typical" (failure) rate of hormonal and barrier methods
were around 5 to 10 percent. Guess someone got that wrong!!
Here's the truth from my personal
experience with this. I rarely counseled a women who was having an abortion that wasn't using a method when she got pregnant.
That is the truth. Yes, there are some women who say, "well, I just wasn't using anything!" But, most were using
something; condoms, the pill (most common), depo, IUD... SOMETHING!
And OF COURSE they
would be on a method! Our society today makes women feel like it is riskier NOT to be on a hormonal method, which is totally
ridiculous. It's risky TO BE pumping artificial hormones into your body!! These hormones have been linked to reproductive
cancers, strokes, heart disease, osteoporosis, nerve disorders, future infertility, food allergies, metabolic disorders, and
many other things!!
Somehow we think it's riskier NOT to take them?? We think getting pregnant
is riskier than those diseases I previously listed? Really? Do you know what makes this even better? All of those risks are
listed in the package insert, but no one takes the time to read them, and your doctor sure doesn't take the time to go over
them with you.
Doctors give out birth control pills like they are handing out M&M's.
They treat women like we're too stupid to understand our bodies, as if we're second class citizens when it comes to health
care. However, to be honest, we are partially to blame to for that. We have allowed this happen.
enslaves women to their fertility. It puts all of the responsibility on them, which is exactly what it was intended to do.
Birth control was made so that people could have sex without consequences. What has happened since then? Women are turned
into sexual objects for men to yearn for.
However, we've allowed ourselves to be lusted
after, all for a society of sex without consequences. That is not what sex was intended for. That is not what fertility was
intended for. Fertility was meant to be a shared partnership between a husband and wife. A partnership that is open to life,
where the possibility of life is not seen as a burden, but a gift.
Now, I am practical. I'm not
saying that you have to pop out kids like you change your socks. My husband and I have chosen to use Natural Family Planning,
the Creighton Model. It is a very advanced form of fertility management that allows both partners to be involved the way it
That model may not be for you. You may choose something else. But, I think
if women actually knew the dangers of hormonal birth control, it's likely they wouldn't take it.
is one more point I would like to address. When do you think life begins? I believe life begins at conception, when the egg
and sperm meet. Conception is the point when DNA is formed and, simultaneously, when a human life is formed.
also believe life begins at conception, then you should have a hard time getting behind hormonal methods. Hormonal methods
work three ways. One way is to prevent ovulation, but if that fails and "breakthrough ovulation" occurs, then conception
Another way hormonal methods work is by irritating the uterine lining to the point that a
fertilized egg, a human person, would not be able to implant on the uterine wall and begin to grow. So, the woman passes the
fertilized egg, the human person, with her cycle and miscarries without even knowing it.
but it happens so MANY times while women are on hormonal methods. That is why people will say that hormonal methods have an
abortifacient property in them, because they can actually cause an abortion.
There is a really great
documentary made called "28 Days on the Pill." I encourage people to check it out. It was actually created by Protestant
We need churches to get on board with this and stop pushing the pill and other methods within
their congregation. The pill is not healthy for women or for marriages. There are other ways that are better and don't take
the lives of children. People need to know the truth.