by: Abby Johnson
“Even as I write that sentence I hear the faulty thinking that plagues every woman considering an abortion- thinking expressed in the phrase if I have this child. If I have this child? Why wasn’t it obvious to me that I already had a child, who was growing inside of me? Once you are pregnant, there is no if. That child, though tiny and in an early stage of development, already exists! But I didn’t yet see that. What I saw, and by now was reinforcing in the minds of other young women as part of the Planned Parenthood organization, was that I was in a condition of pregnancy, not that I was now the mother of a child already dependent upon my own body for sustenance. I am amazed at how semantics can shape thought.”
Abby Johnson shares her story of how she worked for Planned Parenthood for ten years, slowly working her way up the ranks until she was director of her own clinic. She talks about how PP recruited her, and the pivotal moment when she knew that she could no longer work at PP anymore.
As she recounts her journey, she does so with an openness and honesty that leaves you respecting her- regardless of what side of the debate you land on.
One of the most poignant points she makes (and one I agree with) is that we can’t demonize all the people on either side of the issue. Having experienced both sides of the abortion debate, Abby Johnson truly has a unique perspective.