Why It Doesn’t Matter If Abby Johnson Is Telling the Truth

Why It Doesn’t Matter If Abby Johnson Is Telling the Truth April 13, 2019

Abby Johnson has faced her share of critics. People who support abortion rights don’t like it when anyone tells the truth about the killing of unborn human beings. They don’t like it when you talk about the baby’s heartbeat starting at 6 weeks. They don’t like it when you share about the disproportionate number of African American women who receive abortions. (Over  35% of all aborted babies are black. Right on par with Margaret Sanger’s eugenics efforts.) And they sure don’t like it when you point out how much money abortion staff earn. So, of course, they would stand up against Abby Johnson too. They have been ever since she resigned from her position as director of a Planned Parenthood office in Texas.

(Photo: Abby Johnson)

As depicted in  the movie “Unplanned”, Johnson spent 8 years there before witnessing something heartbreaking and walking away, joining the pro-life movement. Listen, it takes a lot for someone to publicly confess her role in providing abortions. But she does it for a righteous cause – to tell the truth about abortion and to help make abortion unthinkable. All abortion clinics hate this, but Planned Parenthood especially so. This is why they tried and failed to sue Johnson years ago. But they won’t stop trying to prevent her from getting her message out. (Especially after 94 workers have sought help in leaving their jobs since the movie was released). Planned Parenthood continues to deny what Johnson says is the truth. They deny that she witnessed an ultrasound guided abortion. They deny that she witnessed a 13 week baby being aborted. They deny that she assisted in the abortion. They deny that this type of abortion even happened on the date she says it happened. Listen, it doesn’t matter. I believe Johnson, but even if she was lying through her teeth about the events that led her away from Planned Parenthood – even if she never witnessed an abortion of any kind, much less one that she assisted with while watching the 13 week old unborn baby try to move away from the suction cup – it wouldn’t matter. Because whether or not she is telling the truth about one event on one day does not change the horrific reality of abortion.

(Photo: “Unplanned”)

Ultrasound guided abortions happen all the time – after all, surgical abortions are used in all three trimesters of pregnancy across the country. Between surgical and medical abortions, over 61 million babies have been aborted in American since 1973; worldwide, over 1.5 billion babies aborted since 1980. The numbers are staggering. Despite the unborn having everything they need – except time – they are often looked at as only being a potential life rather than life itself. Diana Philip from the National Coalition of Abortion Providers has stated: “Pro-choice docs would say that it is not their business to determine for a patient when life begins. Ultimately each patient determines the value and definition of life…within her own mind and heart.” Sorry, that’s not how this is supposed to work. Remember, the idea of one human (or group) determining the value of life of another human (or group) has resulted in horrific atrocities from the Holocaust to the Rwandan Genocide.

(Photo: Live Action)

Yet, when pro-life supporters advocate for more information for women, so that they can be truly informed before ending the life of their unborn child, the likes of Planned Parenthood balk at the very idea. Why?  In part because they know that some women who see their baby on an ultrasound don’t choose abortion. And that means they lose money. Data is mixed on the number of women who choose life after seeing their unborn baby BUT there is no question that women should be given the option – every. single. time.

(Photo: Live Action)

There are so many success stories shared by women who have had unplanned pregnancies and the babies they birthed that prove that abortion does not have to be the response to the crisis. Even for those babies that were conceived in rape. Women can and should be well-informed. And they can choose life in hard circumstances because they are strong and capable. They can get help from one of the 4,000 pro-life pregnancy centers in America, many of which offer ultrasounds, maternity clothing, baby supplies, support for dads, counseling, post-abortion recovery, and – most of all – hope. By the way, it’s all free. Compare the volunteers and staff who sacrifice so much for those in need to those who work at abortion facilities, whose money is earned off the destruction of human babies and the shredding of human souls.

(Photo: Live Action)

Thank God that Abby Johnson left Planned Parenthood, whatever the reason. Thank God that she shares the truth about abortion. Go see “Unplanned” for yourself. If it does not move you, then your heart needs a tune up. At least you have a heart to BE tuned up. The babies not being given chance at life outside the womb have their hearts stopped. How that doesn’t move everyone to work together against abortion is beyond me. May God have mercy on our souls. On second thought, we deserve whatever we get.

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  • Nathaniel

    “Listen, it doesn’t matter. I believe Johnson, but even if she was lying through her teeth about the events that led her away from Planned Parenthood – even if she never witnessed an abortion of any kind, much less one that she assisted with while watching the 13 week old unborn baby try to move away from the suction cup – it wouldn’t matter.”

    I believe you too. I believe you don’t care about truth. Pushing the ideology is all that matters, and liars are willing allies to your cause.

    If you’re fighting for what’s true and beautiful, why would your movement need so many lies and liars to promote it?

  • showmesplfd

    “Listen, it doesn’t matter. I believe Johnson, but even if she was lying through her teeth about the events that led her away from Planned Parenthood – even if she never witnessed an abortion of any kind, much less one that she assisted with while watching the 13 week old unborn baby try to move away from the suction cup – it wouldn’t matter. Because whether or not she is telling the truth about one event on one day does not change the horrific reality of abortion.”
    –Dr. Shaler: I really must take issue with your statements that I quoted above in which you claim that it would not matter if Abby Johnson had lied about seeing an unborn baby pull away from the suction catheter in a vain attempt to survive or if she had never witnessed any abortion of any kind. Yes, it DOES matter. The lies that are told by Planned Parenthood about fetal development to encourage women to have abortions ( it’s just a mass of tissue, doesn’t look human, etc.) have become very common. It is important, vitally important to counteract those lies with truth and to NEVER, NEVER lower our standards to those of our opposition. If you have science, medical knowledge and reason on your side, why should you resort to lying?

  • My point is that that even if one person was lying about one event on one day, that does not change the horrific truth about abortion. And THAT is what “Unplanned” is all about. The other side continues to exchange the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25). Yes, we counteract with the truth. The other side will continue to call it a lie. Abby Johnson is NOT lying. But even if she were, it would not change the truth about the reality of abortion. I hope this clarifies and I hope you will continue on with the good and Godly fight for life. Blessings.

  • We tell the truth about abortion. Those that support abortion continue to call it a lie. Abby Johnson is NOT lying. But even if she were, it would not change the truth about the reality of abortion. “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” ~J. Swift

  • Nathaniel

    So you don’t care if people lie, so long as they are lying for your cause?

  • Everyone knows I never said that. The truth will set you free.

  • P. McCoy

    Excision of tissues is always gut churning to the non medically minded. An operation on a broken arm with a bone broken through the skin ( which takes invasive surgery to repair) is stomach turning also. It is no one’s fault if forced birthers see a “two year old Aryan Gerber Baby” in the remains laid out in a container after an abortion instead of a non sentient embryo or fetus OR a formed fetus after a third trimester abortion – I guess they would rather see the corpse of a DEAD WOMAN instead.

    All the anti choicers are going to do to make abortion illegal will NOT stop wealthy Women from getting one; it will KILL those that aren’t rich as they turn to illegal pratictioners and unsanitary places to obtain one.

    Oh, the Black Woman thing? Those Women chose to get abortions; Sanger is a moot point here; in fact I think if abortion had been safe and legal during slavery those Black Women would have been overjoyed not to carry to full term the pollution of embryos forced into their bodies by the insessant rape commited by White slaveholders and their male relatives.

  • Nathaniel

    You wrote something that looks like you answered my question. You may even think you answered my question. But you didn’t. I didn’t ask if you endorsed lying for your cause, I asked whether you cared about those who do. And given you didn’t answer that question, plus explicit words I wrote above, you don’t. You don’t care about truth, because speaking truth is less important than The Cause.

    And yes, Johnson is lying about her experiences. Even other blogs on Patheos, written by your fellow pro-lifers, acknowledge her documented dishonesty. But as mentioned, you don’t care. Johnson is useful, and useful people are allowed to say and do as they please in service to The Cause.

    As for your last sentence: Save your false witness against your neighbor for someone who cares.

  • Dennis

    I am a Christian and believe that abortion is wrong in many cases, probably the majority of cases. However, I have to be honest and say that I don’t understand the position held by many Christians that we need to abolish ALL abortions in the USA. Here are some situations in which I think a case can be made that an abortion would be appropriate:

    (1) pregnancy due to incest or rape. The pat answer given to this by anti-abortionists is that the woman can put the baby up for adoption. I think this would work in some cases, perhaps many cases, but it would depend on the mindset of the mother. If women are denied abortion in all cases, then you will be forcing some women, and their husbands if they are married, to relive that incest or rape event throughout their entire pregnancy. That is a lot to ask some people to do. That could jeopardize the mother’s mental health and could put a strain on the marriage. So the adoption solution is not as cut and dried as some anti-abortionists think it is.

    (2) severe fetal deformity that may or may not end in a viable birth. What do we owe severely deformed infants who may be viable outside the womb, when those infants are unwanted by their mothers and born against the will of the doctors? If all abortions are outlawed by the government, then you are condemning the parents of a severely deformed child to a lifetime of medical bills and possible financial bankruptcy for a child they did not want to be born, and you are condemning that child to a poor quality of life with a lot of pain. If parents know about the deformity and still want the child to be born, then I think the child should be born. But don’t force ALL women to give birth to a severely deformed child because they have no other option.

    (3) life of mother is at stake, e.g. dead fetus stays in mother’s body or some other complication that can cause the mother to die. How can anyone honestly say that in ALL situations when a woman’s life is in danger, then the woman MUST die as long as the baby can live?

    Therefore, it seems to me that Christians should not push for a TOTAL ban on ALL abortions.

  • showmesplfd

    It is precisely because Abby is telling the truth about the horrors and the struggles of women dealing with abortion and thinking that they truly have no other options that voicing the idea that lying about “one event on one day” is “OK” because abortion is so barbaric (it is) is so damaging. IF the spokesperson for any side has to lie (or state that it is “OK” to lie) to “prove” their point then maybe their argument isn’t very strong to begin with. I personally believe that is why our opponents are often less than truthful with their clients and their PR. I cannot believe that is a tactic that God would find pleasing or honoring and that is why I am so insistent on the importance of being truthful.