Shortly after marrying Doug, she became pregnant. It was an unplanned but not unwanted pregnancy. Johnson thought it would be awkward for her, as a pregnant woman, to give abortion counseling.
On the contrary, her then-director replied, "It will be good for them to see what they don't want," Johnson recalled being told.
Workers at all Planned Parenthood facilities are forbidden to use the word "baby," Johnson said. During her pregnancy Johnson began to see the disconnect between the philosophy of the ardent pro-choice movement and a woman's choice to carry a pregnancy to term. She quoted a liberal clergywoman as stating, "It's a baby when you decide you want to be a mother."
The Johnsons choice resulted in the birth of a little girl they named Grace.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
More of Abby Johnson's story
Townhall.com has a piece by Bonnie Pritchett of the Baptist Press which includes more of former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson's story.