When it comes to sharing the pro-life message, Abby Johnson has it figured out. After years spent working as a Planned Parenthood employee, she knows the arguments of the pro-abortion movement better than just about anyone. Last week, Abby shared a bit of her powerful story, and her 6-week old baby, at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Here are the three biggest takeaways:
1. “Wherever there are vulnerable women, so is Planned Parenthood. And there are tens of thousands of vulnerable women across college campuses in this country. You better believe that Planned Parenthood is trying to infiltrate all of them.”
In many ways, truer words have never been spoken. Planned Parenthood has always thrived in places of brokenness, and it seems like the abortion business is targeting younger and younger crowds. Recently, Planned Parenthood launched a new chatbot called Roo. This chat system will allow young people, specifically high schoolers and likely middle schoolers as well, to ask questions about sex, relationships and LGBT issues “without judgement” (i.e. parent free).
For example, when asking the chatbot how to get birth control without your parents knowing, the answer is this: “Most of the time you don’t need a parent’s permission to get birth control, but some states and some doctors have parent notification rules. Talk with a doctor or nurse, like the staff at your nearest Planned Parenthood, to find out how to get started on birth control.” Helpful, no?
This may be a surprise to some, but the abortion business is continually interested in young people having as much sex as possible and making money off of it through STI treatments and abortion. Did you know that STI testing and treatment now makes up at least 49% of Planned Parenthood’s business? The actual number is likely higher, but throughout the last 25 years it is the only service, besides abortion, that has increased exponentially. That isn’t a coincidence.
2. “I think my parents believed as long as they taught me a biblical viewpoint on marriage, that abortion would never be on the table… (My compromise about abortion) happened just a little bit at a time. That’s how sin works.”
According to Care Net, a survey revealed that as many as four in ten women were churchgoers when they had their abortion. There is no information about how many men were involved in abortion decisions, but the number could be the same or even higher. Unfortunately, abortion is something that occurs in the church, but is rarely discussed. As Abby points out, she may have been taught a biblical viewpoint on marriage—but that didn’t always translate to her real-world experience. Abortion was never specifically discussed.
That should change. No matter a child’s age, it’s critical to begin sharing the importance of a biblical life ethic that’s age appropriate. Human life is sacred and created in the image of God, and that’s something that can be shared with children every day.
But not only should children learn about the importance of life, but outreach is also necessary within the church to help women and men who have been impacted by abortion. The same Care Net survey said that only 7% of women felt comfortable sharing their abortion experience. That means that there are potentially thousands of people suffering without a voice.
3. “Sure, we should defund Planned Parenthood. But our goal as conservatives, our goal as Christians, our goal as pro-lifers, is not simply to make abortion illegal but to make abortion unthinkable. Our goal is to provide solutions for women, so they never consider darkening the door of an abortion facility.”
That is what Focus on the Family does through our program Option Ultrasound. The program grants qualifying pro-life pregnancy medical clinics with 80% of the cost of an ultrasound machine or sonography training for the clinic’s medical personnel. An ultrasound machine can have a great impact on a woman’s decision to choose life over abortion. According to a study completed by Focus on the Family, about 54% of women considering abortion who have counseling and an ultrasound scan choose life. That’s an incredible statistic.
Throughout the country, states are also making it easier for Americans to choose life by enacting pro-life policies. In Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states, legislatures are continuing to adopt bills that support and protect life. These laws will help encourage women to make alternative decisions about pregnancy and think through their options.
Hopefully abortion will one day be unthinkable, as Abby said, but that may take some time. While certain states are embracing the pro-life cause, others are going in the opposite direction. Earlier this year the state of New York adopted a pro-abortion law that would make aborting a preborn baby legal until birth. Focus on the Family tried to do something about that.
On May 4, Focus on the Family showcased a live 4D ultrasound in Times Square. The event was called Alive from New York. It was done on the world’s biggest stage to show people from across the country and across the world what life looks like for a preborn baby in the womb. For that event Fulton Johnson, Abby’s now 6-week old son, was the model. Seeing him with his mother at the Western Conservative Summit shows that both inside and outside the womb, life is precious.