Hello! Welcome to part 2 of my commentary on the book called Unplanned by Abby Johnson. Again, this is the expanded edition.
Forty Days and Forty Nights
This chapter describes the time when the pro-life organization Coalition For Life first launched their campaign called Forty Days For Life. She describes the inner conflict in her mind and how she felt distant from the Lord during this time (actually, during the encompassing times mentioned in this whole chapter). This discussion of what she felt and everything in this chapter reminds me (not in a way that one might think that I’m condemning or shunning those that work there or even that she worked there) of a warning that was given in a previous blog which was concerning the shedding of innocent blood which can be found here. She described times when she’d be at Chvrch and it was private prayer time, and she’d actually be afraid to talk to God from her heart. Back-tracking (there is something I forgot), when the 40 days for Life campaign was over, she and all of the workers at Bryan’s Planned Parenthood felt relieved.
The Code of Conduct
I want to discuss a part of the chapter where she talks about praying and asking the Lord to show her if she was supposed to be director of (or just work at) the current Planned Parenthood clinic at Bryan, Texas. Her prayer was that the Lord would not let her get the promotion if He didn’t want her to get it, but that He would allow her to get it if it was His will. At close to the end of this chapter, she says that she should have been reading the Word, listening to God for His wisdom, and seeking the council of fellow believers instead of shying away and not telling anyone where she worked. She admits that instead of doing these thing, she had bargained with God childishly. That even convicted me, and this is something we must consider in our own lives.
I was reading one time a book called So Cross And The Switchblade By David Wilkerson, which also mentioned him praying what he calls “flece prayers,” about like the equivalent of Gideon. When I read this, I thought, “Ha! The’s proof that it is okay to pray flece prayers to God,” or something like that. However, like Shawn told Abby: It doesn’t matter if everyone in your circle supports your actions. What matters is if the Lord condones your actions or behaviors.
My Enemy, My Friend
In this chapter, she simply discusses the different encounters she has with the now peaceful Coalition For Life and how one particular activist who I will not name in this blog but you will hear about in this book uses compassion, specifically targeting Abby Johnson.
This chapter gives us some insight into just how powerful travailing in the Spirit even at a Planned Parenthood facility is. We don’t know all of the details of this nun discussed in this chapter, but for weeks on abortion days, she would be out there weeping. It came to the point where none of the workers would go outside to do anything–including having lunch–because of her presence at this clinic. I believe that it was the Lord’s presence as well and that the Spirit of God through her prayers was being sent to convict the workers. This experience which was written in this book is the one I felt was the most important to highlight in this chapter.
This is when we start getting into the nitty-gritty of what Planned Parenthood is all about. Abby in this chapter discusses the affiliate meetings which she had with her coworkers and how lots of times, the numbers were not so good. They tried everything they could. Finally–and this was her pet pieve–finally they decided to go with having a clinic soley for the purpose of having late term abortions. And this is where they’d get their money.
At first, Abby discusses the death of Dr. George Tiller, and how it impacted the workers at Planned Parenthood. The part of this chapter that I want everyone to pay attention to and when you watch the movie is when the mom pleads for her child, with much tears and praying, to turn back and not abort her child. Her Mom reminds her of her daughter, and I’ll let the book when you read it and the movie when you watch it (or if) tell the rest of the story.
A Holy Hush
In this chapter, she discusses the “Holy Hush,” as she calls it that came over her soul one morning after Church and the feeling of sickness that came over her after doing an interview with a radio show she is a regular on, representing Planned Parenthood. This is it for this blog. God bless and I’ll see you again on another blog concerning this book. Good news: We have only 12 more chapters and an epilogue to go through. See you then!