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Former Planned Parenthood Director and Pro-Life Speaker
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 Chief Research Strategist for Live Action Films, works on projects for the various pro-life organizations and lives in Texas with her husband and precious children. She is grateful to God for her calling to speak for life and considers herself to be incredibly blessed.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING...
"Just thought I'd let you know that our banquet on November 1, was a great success! We raised just a little over $70,000, which is the highest grossing event we've ever had! Abby Johnson was such a powerful speaker. There wasn't a single person in the room that was not captivated by her story and her boldness in sharing it. Even though I had heard her tell her testimony before, I was still moved to tears even knowing ahead of time what she was going to say! It was so powerful, and we really felt the spirit of God in the room that night. Just wanted to thank you and your staff for all you did to help us with the event, and especially for your prayers!"
Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic
"The banquet was a huge success and I attribute that to her of course! Her talk was riveting and amazing. We did around $80,000…last year was 45k and the year before 22K. God is doing great things for Project Life."
"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
"Attendees were very impressed with Abby Johnson's sincerity and her commitment to further the cause of life."
“Abby was phenomenal! The Paul of our modern day mission to bring truth to the Gentiles and get the Jews to step out of their box and DO SOMETHING (more than a cause but a conviction inspiring action)! We could not have asked for more as she gives a fresh look into the battle against the soft destructive pull for abortion vulnerable women.”
-Pregnancy Care Center of Highland
“Abby Johnson has a story to tell; and she does so with candor, humor, intensity and professionalism.
We highly recommend her for your next fundraiser!”
-Darleta Gramm, Caring Pregnancy Center
“Former Texas Planned Parenthood Clinic Director Abby Johnson was captivating with her humor, her stage presence and simply her story. We would have her back in a heartbeat.”
-West Virginians for Life
“It was an absolute delight having Abby Johnson as our banquet speaker. Hearts were changed as our guests listened to Abby share her story of moving from pro-abortion to pro-life. I highly recommend her for any fundraising/pro-life event!”
New Life Pregnancy Center
14% increase over last year. This is the largest total raised to date for ministry!
“With the right blend of humor and seriousness, Abby was a hit with our audience. Her presentation and story-telling skills were very evident. Add in her compelling testimony, and you have a banquet speaker who can truly deliver. “
-Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, NC
"Abby's testimony is extremely powerful. Many people were convicted because of her witness, myself and the rest of the staff of Life Really Matters were extremely pleased with Abby's presentation, she was personal and we feel like most of the participants could relate to her."
-Nic Herdler, Life Really Matters
“Abby has a compelling story balanced by a winsome, engaging personality which will grab your guests’ attention from her first word. She made comments in her message about unique things at our Center that showed her sincere care about our ministry and created a natural connection with our audience.”
Choices Resource Center, TN
"Abby's down to earth presentation mixed humor with passion, making it very effective. She maintained our attention and was not afraid to challenge us. Having done a CPC Fundraising Banquet for 25 years, she was one of our best speakers ever!"
Precious Life, Inc.
"Abby (Johnson) really raised people's awareness. People were riveted by her explanation of what happens inside the abortion clinic. I thank Abby for verbalizing such high praise of our center. It was great to have someone not connected with the center 'toot our horn'."
Options for Women
“Abby Johnson did a phenomenal job representing the pro-life movement to people who are not entirely familiar with everything pro-life stands for. We received many compliments on the banquet and on Abby in particular. She takes a controversial, painful subject and communicates it in a very clear way.”
Morning Star Ministries, PA
“Abby was a very persuasive and dynamic speaker for our annual banquet. Her behind-the-scenes account of the abortion industry riveted the audience. More than one donor remarked that she was the most powerful speaker they had heard in years. While Abby’s story is jaw-dropping, she is also a sharp fundraiser. Her appeal and the way she took donors through the appeal card was extremely effective, prompting one supporter to pledge $20,000.”
-ComfortCare Women's Health
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