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Former Planned Parenthood director to become Catholic
Inside Catholic ^ | January 20, 2011 | Brian Saint-Paul

Posted on 01/24/2011 1:21:49 PM PST by NYer

Former Planned Parenthood director and new author Abby Johnson (see the banner ad for Unplanned to the right) is in the process of entering the Catholic Church.

"When we went to the Catholic Church for the first time we knew that was where we were supposed to be and we have been there ever since," said Johnson, who said she particularly loves the church’s reverence for Mary as the mother of God. "The more we started learning about the beliefs of the church and the Eucharist and everything, it seemed like this was what had been missing our whole lives"….

Johnson’s embrace of Catholicism was a natural development after she became pro-life but was precipitated by her pro-choice Episcopalian community’s vocal rejection of her change of heart, she said. Even before the dramatic experience of assisting in an ultrasound abortion, Johnson said God had been calling to her for several months through the penitential rite of the Episcopal service, which is similar to the Catholic prayer. With the Episcopalian Church one of the largest donors to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Johnson said she and her husband were not going to remain at the church anyway….

Johnson is in the process of obtaining an annulment of the marriage to the man who was her husband at the time she had her abortions, so that she and her husband Doug can convalidate their marriage and enter the church. "We are ready to come into the church as soon as we are able," Johnson said.

It's always great to see other people drawn to the faith as we have been, but some conversions are more pleasantly surprising than others.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: conversions

1 posted on 01/24/2011 1:21:50 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

What Abby Johnson Saw at Planned Parenthood

2 posted on 01/24/2011 1:23:14 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

She also did a very good two-day interview on Focus on the Family last week (http://listen.family.org/daily/A000002417.cfm).

PP does not want this widely publicized.


3 posted on 01/24/2011 1:32:46 PM PST by jda
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To: NYer

Welcome home, Abby.


4 posted on 01/24/2011 1:37:23 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: NYer

Now that IS a turn-around


5 posted on 01/24/2011 2:24:10 PM PST by Cronos (Bobby Jindal 2012)
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To: NYer
God works in mysterious ways, doesn't he?

Welcome, Abby!

6 posted on 01/24/2011 2:25:10 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: NYer; ArrogantBustard; Kaslin; BuddhaBrown; MrB
From What abby saw at planned parenthood
When the abortion procedure started, I saw the child begin to move away from the abortion instrument and recoil. The child knew that it’s life was in danger. Before that moment, I had never even considered that the child in the womb felt pain or felt anything for that matter. Planned Parenthood had always told us that the fetus had no sensory development until 28 weeks. I needed to believe that to continue to justify abortion. I was surprised, shocked, appalled and disgusted at what I was watching. I felt betrayed because I couldn’t believe that this company that I had believed and trusted in had lied. I didn’t want to believe it, but was looking at it so clearly. The evidence was in front of my face. The abortion started and in just a few moments, the screen was black, and the abortion was complete. In that moment, I knew that my life was going to have to change. I knew that I couldn’t walk out of there the same way that I had walked in.

7 posted on 01/24/2011 2:27:04 PM PST by Cronos (Bobby Jindal 2012)
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To: jda
" With the Episcopalian Church one of the largest donors to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, " --> how low can they sink?
8 posted on 01/24/2011 2:28:49 PM PST by Cronos (Bobby Jindal 2012)
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To: NYer
Former Planned Parenthood director to become Catholic
Former Planned Parenthood director to convert to Catholicism
Former Planned Parenthood director releases book
Escape from Abortion: A Review of unPlanned by Abby Johnson

9 posted on 01/24/2011 2:39:12 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Cronos

I became anti-abortion in 1980 when a friend of mine - in the hospital we worked as low-level employees - found a garbage pail full of fetuses. She cried and wailed as I tried to calm her. A long time ago and I have not forgotten her pain or my anguish. Even then I did not realize that a holocaust was in action.

God bless this lady.


10 posted on 01/24/2011 2:55:27 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

in garbage? Animals treat their young better....


11 posted on 01/24/2011 2:59:24 PM PST by Cronos (Bobby Jindal 2012)
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To: NYer

Has pp issued a fatwa yet?


12 posted on 01/24/2011 3:19:01 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (talk to the hand.)
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To: Cronos

Yes, that is what she told me and I believe her.


13 posted on 01/24/2011 3:26:45 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: NYer

Best wishes to Ms. Johnson. The Catholic Church has made me very happy, and I hope it will do the same for her.


14 posted on 01/24/2011 3:40:46 PM PST by Tax-chick (An attack on Sarah Palin is an attack on me.)
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To: jda

Thanks for posting that link. She was also at today’s March for Life in Washington DC - you know - the major event the media chose not to cover.


15 posted on 01/24/2011 3:57:23 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Welcome Home, Abby. Great and wonderful news.


16 posted on 01/24/2011 4:06:23 PM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: Cronos

Thanks.

I love such stories of ultrasound conversions.

How one simple peek into God’s work shop during a enemy raid can instantly reveal majesty, beauty and tragedy:

The incomprehensible complexity of nature’s most divine function.
The incomparable adorableness of pure innocence.
And the indescribable savagery of learned ignorance.

Once again, for another previously misinformed soldier of Satan, seeing is bereaving.

I sometimes wonder if, for the inventor of that magic window into creation, Adoptive Fathers’ day is like the mountains of mailbags scene in the Miracle on 34th Street.


17 posted on 01/24/2011 4:08:10 PM PST by BuddhaBrown (Path to enlightenment: Four right turns, then go straight until you see the Light!)
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To: NYer

God Bless and WELCOME HOME.


18 posted on 01/24/2011 4:13:00 PM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: NYer

Abby, welcome home! May the Lord strengthen you for this battle you are waging, for it truly is a battle of good and evil.


19 posted on 01/24/2011 4:48:40 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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To: NYer

Welcome home!


20 posted on 01/25/2011 6:17:21 AM PST by GonzoII (Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea...Quare tristis es anima mea?)
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To: NYer

Hooray! And welcome to her! A Church chock-full of sinners, weaklings, cowards, fools and the poor. None are perfect; all are flawed. It was so with the Apostles and the Church they started is still the same— but it has the words of Eternal Life!

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!


21 posted on 01/25/2011 9:55:34 PM PST by Melian ( See Matt 7: 21 and 1 John 2: 3-6)
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To: Cronos

You got it! Animals DO treat their own a whole lot better then we humans!


22 posted on 01/26/2011 4:11:54 AM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: Melian

That is the CHURCH!


23 posted on 01/26/2011 4:13:32 AM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: NYer

The best thing about this coming Easter is that it is in late April and Lent starts in March!


24 posted on 01/26/2011 4:14:58 AM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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