Thursday, March 15, 2018

Day 30: Abby Johnson

"Every time you're out there, in front of the clinic,
it is stirring up the conscience of the the men and women going in
and it's stirring up the conscience of the clinic workers who are there."

It has been said that the opposite sides of the fence on abortion don't talk to each other, they yell at each other. This makes it nearly impossible to see the bridge of compassion between the two camps. Abby Johnson's story helps to bridge that gap. She speaks honestly of the compassion that drew her to volunteer for Planned Parenthood. She speaks directly about the hostility of a few protesters that hardened her resolve to protect vulnerable women from them.

She also speaks remorsefully of the secrets and self-delusions that allowed her to misplace her compassion for so long. And she credits the efforts of the Coalition for Life that worked to change the atmosphere outside her Planned Parenthood clinic from hostility and accusation to love and prayer. This culminated in her conversion during the Forty Days for Life event in the fall of 2009.

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