Listening In preview: Abby Johnson


NICK EICHER, HOST: Next up on The World and Everything in It: a conversation with pro-life activist Abby Johnson.

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood recruited Abby Johnson when she was a college student at Texas A&M. After graduation she became a full-time staff member, eventually serving as director of the Planned Parenthood facility in Bryan, Texas. But she walked away from her job after she witnessed a second-trimester abortion.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: She’s now one of the best known pro-life activists in the nation. She wrote about her remarkable story in the autobiography Unplanned. It’s now been made into a successful movie.

On this week’s Listening In, host Warren Smith talks to Abby Johnson about what it’s like to see her life portrayed on the big screen.

WARREN SMITH: Did you know that that book was going to have the impact that it had when you wrote it?

ABBY JOHNSON: No, I didn’t think anybody would read it. I kept getting asked to write a book, and I thought, well, okay. I thought honestly it would be probably healing for me just to sort of get all that out there. But I thought, nobody’s going to read this book. And who cares what happened to me inside of Planned Parenthood. I couldn’t believe it when it ended up becoming a bestseller. I thought, wow, that’s really amazing. I was totally shocked. And then I sort of thought that was it. I wrote another book called The Walls Are Talking and I thought, well, that’ll be it. I’ll just write little books, and I’ll be speaking and that’s what I’m going to do.

SMITH: But then the movie came along.

JOHNSON: And then I got to asked to make a movie. And that was certainly never something that I considered doing. But here we are. It’s released on March 29th. And gosh, I’m already getting, you know… I woke up this morning to my Twitter feed, just a mile long of people who had invited their prochoice friends to go see the film and they walked out pro-life. I mean, that’s just what God can do. You know? And I think that it, I think stories are so powerful. Testimonies are so powerful. We can negotiate on legislation and all this sort of stuff, but I believe it’s the power of our testimonies that will actually end this thing. That will actually make abortion unthinkable in our country.


(Photo/Facebook, Abby Johnson)

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