Saturday, March 12, 2011

Book Review: unPLANNED

Abby Johnson loves women.  As a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood,  she spent several years of her life devoted to providing low-income women in the Houston area medical care.  She loved what she did.  Abby was well versed in the "talking points" established by planned Parenthood: "Our mission is to decrease the number of abortions needed through education"  "Planned Parenthood saves lives of women who can't afford to pay for health care."  Abby had counseled thousands of women in their options for dealing with unplanned pregnancies.  She had counseled several women that abortion was a safe medical procedure to remove unwanted fetal tissue that felt no pain. 

Over time, Abby began to doubt that Planned Parenthood's goal were what they said they were.  After being chided by her boss to increase revenue by decreasing the low-cost medical care and increasing the lucrative abortions, she began to doubt the bottom line.  Her world was rocked one day in September of 2009 when she was asked to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion.  The opening chapter of the book describes in painful detail the horror she experienced as she watched the tiny child struggle to flee the pain of the cannula that was about to suck it into the the suction canister.  That moment was a breaking point for Abby, and now, she tells her story.  Here is an excerpt from the hearbreaking chapter:

"What was in this woman's womb just a moment ago was alive.  It wasn't just tissue, just cells.  That was a human baby-fighting for life!  A battle that was lost in the blink of an eye.  What I have told people for years, what I believed and taught and defended, is a lie."

unPLANNED gives a look into the world of the abortion industry from both sides of the fence.  Abby gives insightful looks at skewed thinking in both the pro-life and pro-choice camps.  Her amazing story begins with her decision volunteer and takes you through an unforgettable journey of friendship, heartbreak, betrayal, law suits, and healing.  It also does a great job a showing the true colors of a company that claims to be in the business of saving lives.  I recommend this book to anyone who really wants to understand the truth in the Planned Parenthood issue.  I recommend it to those not wanting truth, but I doubt they will take the risk of reading it.

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