Skip to comments.Former Planned Parenthood director to become Catholic
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 churchs 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" .
Johnsons embrace of Catholicism was a natural development after she became pro-life but was precipitated by her pro-choice Episcopalian communitys 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.
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.
Welcome home, Abby.
Now that IS a turn-around
When the abortion procedure started, I saw the child begin to move away from the abortion instrument and recoil. The child knew that its 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 couldnt believe that this company that I had believed and trusted in had lied. I didnt 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 couldnt walk out of there the same way that I had walked in.
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.
in garbage? Animals treat their young better....
Has pp issued a fatwa yet?
Yes, that is what she told me and I believe her.
Best wishes to Ms. Johnson. The Catholic Church has made me very happy, and I hope it will do the same for her.
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.
Welcome Home, Abby. Great and wonderful news.
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.
God Bless and WELCOME HOME.
Abby, welcome home! May the Lord strengthen you for this battle you are waging, for it truly is a battle of good and evil.