Former Planned Parenthood Employee Shares a Big Reason Why Young People Are Pro-Life

The 45th annual March for Life is taking place today. Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, now a pro-life advocate, joined Glenn on today’s show to talk about why so many young people are passionate about protecting unborn babies.

The advancements of science and technology have been influential for today’s pro-lifers. The younger generation grew up with the idea that your first “baby picture” is an ultrasound, something that has made a profound difference to how they see life in the womb.

Johnson also shared the best ways to reach out to ex-abortion clinic employees or moms-to-be who are contemplating abortion. Reacting with anger and condemnation will only produce more hurt in return; instead, we should be kind and offer a far better, more hopeful alternative to abortion.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Abby Johnson, she is the CEO and founder of and then there were none. She was a woman -- I would like to ask her to tell her story, in case you've never heard it. Because it is -- it's a story of redemption and love.

Abby, welcome to the program.

ABBY: Oh, thanks for having me, Glenn. It's always good to be on.

GLENN: You are in Washington, I assume?

ABBY: I am. I'm backstage in the March for Life.

GLENN: I know you've got a million things going on. Can you tell me first what's happening today, and how many people are showing up, and what it's like?

ABBY: Sure. So 45th Annual March for Life. I mean, it's sad that we're still here, 45 years after Roe v. Wade. But we see, you know, significant change in our culture. The overwhelming majority of people here are under the age of 30. I'm 37, and they look at me like I'm ancient. So it's young people here.

In fact, 50 years ago, the president, they were out in the March for Life. And in her report, she said, I looked around, and I thought to myself, "They are all so young."

And that's true. And I think one of the reasons is because, you know, we have a generation of people now that their first baby picture was of themselves in the womb.

It's not, you know, being -- being a child in the womb is not something that is abstract. They can see themselves. They can see that they were potentially at risk for abortion. But they were able to live.

And so it's very real for them. And it's -- it's a great time coming together. But also a time of remembrance, for, you know, the 60 million-plus lives that have been destroyed by abortion. And that's just the unborn. Then we have to consider all the women and men who are also suffering from their abortion decisions.

We expect probably between 400 and 500,000 people to be here in Washington today. Although, you know, CNN will probably say there were a few thousand.

GLENN: Yeah. It doesn't matter.

ABBY: But it's always -- it's always a good time.

GLENN: So, Abby, would you just share your story? Because I like -- what I -- I think you are the key to unlocking so many doors. Because you actually worked at Planned Parenthood. And you're not somebody who is -- you know, drives the abortion truck. You know, that is -- is shouting at people as they go into Planned Parenthood. You're a person who has compassion. And that's what led you to Planned Parenthood in the first place, until you figured it out.

ABBY: Right. So I worked at Planned Parenthood for eight years. Got involved as a college kid. Got -- the prime target for Planned Parenthood is college-aged kids. I say that wherever there are vulnerable women, so is Planned Parenthood. And there are tens of thousands of vulnerable students on college campuses. And you better believe that Planned Parenthood is right there along with them. I didn't know anything about Planned Parenthood. But they told me they were all about helping women. And certainly as a woman, I want to help other women. And so got involved with them. Ended up rising through the ranks. Was a clinic director with them for many years.

And left, in October of 2009, after witnessing a live ultrasound abortion procedure, where I saw a baby fight and struggle for his life against the abortion instrument, and ultimately lost his life.

And I knew then that two things were true: That life was, in fact, in the womb. And that there was humanity in the womb. And if those two things were true, then I was on the wrong side of this debate.

And so I left. And when I left, Planned Parenthood sued me. Tried to take me to court. Tried to get a permanent gag order against me so that I would not be able to speak out about my experience at Planned Parenthood and things that I do.

And they obviously lost. And then a couple years later, I started an organization called, And Then There Were None.

And we actively reach out to abortion clinic workers and try to get them out of the abortion industry.

And to date, in the past few years, we have helped 419 abortion clinic workers leave the industry, find help and hope and healing in Christ.

GLENN: Wow.

ABBY: And get them new jobs in life-affirming situations. And that 419 also includes seven full-time abortion doctors, who now work in life-affirming medical practices.

GLENN: What was the key to the -- I mean, the doctors know. What was the key to turn them?

ABBY: You know, they know. A lot of times they've known for a while. And they've wanted to get out for a while. But I think almost all the doctors that we have helped to leave, they -- there's a lot of baggage that comes along with them. Because when you are aborting babies, you are also usually living a pretty immoral lifestyle.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

ABBY: And so there's tax issues. There's, you know, many, many divorces. There's, you know, all these issues with children, custody. And so there's a lot of baggage that comes along with them. And they just think, I'm never going to get out of this. I'm never going to be able to get my head above water. Because performing abortion is a very lucrative job. And they think that they can't do it. And we just show them that, look, your soul is more important than the money you're bringing in every year. And we're going to help you -- we're going to help you get your head above water, but you've got to trust us.

GLENN: Abbey, what is the one thing that maybe has been done in the past that you hope to change with people who are pro-life? What is the thing that if you could have everybody here today, this is the message that we should be carrying?

ABBY: So we've got to be carrying a message of love. And oftentimes, there's life and death and the power of the tongue, right?

And in this case in the times that we're living in now, it's the power of our keyboard. And I wish that I could, you know, talk to every pro-lifer and instruct them on how to respond to people online. People are watching us.

Women who have had abortions, they're watching us. They're watching how we respond. And when you call them murderers. When you say hateful things about them, when you say that God will never forgive them, they're watching us. And you could be impeding someone's progress to finding healing and hope in Christ.

When -- when a woman is considering having an abortion, when she's trying to make that decision and she sees you online saying, you know, I -- just, women who do that, oh, they just need to keep their legs closed. What's wrong with them? And they made their need, and they need to lie in it. They're saying things like that. You have the ability to change someone's life and to actually save a life. When an abortion worker is online or a former abortion worker is online and they're looking for resources and they're looking for help, and they pro-lifers, you know, I hope they burn in hell. I pray they burn in hell. God is never going to forgive them. They're baby killers.

They're watching you. And I just wish that I could help everybody understand that our words are so powerful. And underneath everything we do, it should be undergirded in love and in life and in mercy. Because we have all received mercy and grace from Christ, and we should be extending that to everyone.

GLENN: Abby Johnson, thank you so much. I'm glad your voice was heard today.

ABBY: Thanks.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was confronted at CPAC by The Federalist reporter David Marcus with a valid question: "When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?" His answer — or, really, lack of an answer — perfectly demonstrates why he was earlier surrounded by CPAC attendees chanting, "CNN sucks!"

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere react to a video clip of the exchange with Acosta, as well as the mainstream media's double standards when it comes to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Glenn Beck can't help but wonder, "What is wrong with us?" in light of the Left's latest move — canceling six Dr. Seuss books due to "hurtful and wrong" illustrations — that takes America one step closer to complete insanity. And now, school districts are jumping on board after President Joe Biden seems to have dropped Dr. Seuss from the White House's annual "Read Across America Day" proclamation.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn argued that deleting books is the perfect example of fascism, and asked when we as a country will finally realize it.

"They are banning Dr. Seuss books. How much more do you need to see before all of America wakes up? ... This is fascism!" Glenn said. "We don't destroy books. What is wrong with us, America?"

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Former Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii representative Tulsi Gabbard and Glenn Beck don't agree much on policy, but they're in lockstep on principles.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Tulsi spoke with Glenn about one of her last acts in Congress, introducing the "Protect Women's Sports Act," which she says would "strengthen, clarify, and uphold the intent of Title IX to provide a level playing field for girls and women in sports." But since then, the Biden administration has gone in the opposite direction, and has supported allowing biological men to compete in women's sports.

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Later this week, former President Trump will attend CPAC and give his first major policy appearance since leaving office. Sources close to the President reveal he will focus on "the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement."

The future of the GOP is a question that demands real discussion before elections in 2022 and 2024. Right now, I can see three possible answers for how you act:

  1. Those in power and senior positions will ignore the reasons behind Donald Trump winning in 2016. They will be vindicated in their minds because they outlasted him, as they view DC as a job for life. These leaders will go back to business as usual and seek forgiveness from the left, hoping for unity and acceptance in the future.
  2. The second outcome is another section of the party that is understandably very angry over the left's Presidents treatment. They still support and believe in Trump. They think it's time to take off the gloves and treat Biden/the left exactly how they treated Trump.
  3. The few policy positions offered in public will be centered solely around opposing the left. They will also make the case how the left suck, are dangerous, and how you need them in power. The next four years are merely a countdown for Trump to run again and right the wrong of 2020.
  4. The third outcome is very similar to the second, but with one key difference. While they appreciate everything Trump accomplished while in office, they feel it's time to unite behind another candidate.
Question

Which of these three positions will work best for the American people? Which helps built a political base for elections in both 2022 and 2024?

If you seek to help save America, it is critical to do some soul searching. Whether you love or hate him, Donald Trump got 75 million votes and made advancements in key demographics. What did he do well that you can develop further? In what areas was he poor, and how can you improve?

I want to raise six principled points everyone on the right should be forced to consider in the run-up to 2024.

1 - Understanding American Exceptionalism

FACT: America is an exceptional nation. If you read enough of world history, you will find ample evidence that America acted in ways that made it unique and significantly different from other countries in the past and modern times. These reasons must be understood and promoted through the culture and body politic.

One of those reasons is the layout of your Declaration of Independence. If you look around politics today, you will see people on all political sides telling you what they hate, why the other side is the enemy, and how they must be defeated.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson also made that case against the English when he listed 27 grievances against the King. So how is the layout key? It took Jefferson 357 words to get to those grievances. Your Declaration is your mission statement: it tells everyone in the world what America aspires to be. It states the belief that all were created equal, all had certain rights that come directly from God, and that it is the government's job to protect rights -- not give people rights.

The left is successfully painting everyone on the right to be a terrorist who enjoyed the Capitol Hill riots. If you ever want to win another election, it will be critical to explain what you stand for to the American people.

After all, ask yourself which makes you the most passionate to vote - removing someone from office or voting for a vision and change you believe in?

2 - The Constitution

Is there a better place to start this vision than the Constitution? Yes, it is mostly ignored today by those in power and is only referenced by politicians and media when it fits a narrative.

The Constitution is a beautiful and complex document but is primarily based on a straightforward principle. The government should be extremely limited in its power, but it should be as close to the people as possible where there is a clear need for government. Who can argue with this principle?

Who wants someone they have never met, dictating how they live their life?

This is why the Constitution grants the President no real power, and gives Congress 18 clauses of power, listed under Article 1, Section 8. Any and every power not mentioned there belongs at the state level.

3 - Finances

The power structure in DC has changed many times over the last twenty years, with both parties having the opportunity to rule the different federal branches. There have been two periods where one party controlled all the power in DC:

  • 2008-2010: Obama / Dem
  • 2016-2018: Trump / GOP

Despite these changes, your government continually grows, you continue to spend money you don't have, and in ten out of the last thirteen years, you have added over $1,000,000,000,000 to your national debt, which now sits just under $28 trillion. Does this seem sustainable to you? Of course not, but sadly your finances only get worse.

America has revenue of over $3.2 trillion every year, yet DC has not passed a budget since 2008. Can you imagine any business running that way? Do you think Apple, Amazon, or Disney have a budget? It is time to get America on a path to financial sustainability, work towards a balanced budget, and explain to the American people how you will achieve it.

4 - Taxes

Do you remember discussing taxes during the Tea Party?

We used to make the simple moral case to the American people: any money you earn is yours, you should use it to plan your life, and the government has no right to take it from you. This was so successful around 2012 that Herman Cain ran for President with one primary policy: the 9-9-9 plan.

If America is to return to prosperity after Covid, lower taxes and a simpler tax code must be a central theme.

5 - Cutting Government

Look at the size of the US government in 2021. Are you happy? Can you name the numerous departments? Is it now the freedom-loving Americans' position that agencies like Education, Energy, EPA, and Commerce are constitutional bodies of government and are well-run?

How about the IRS, which targeted Tea-Party groups under President Obama? Do they deserve support, or is it time to start sharing a vision of the departments that should be abolished?

This principle used to be a big part of the Conservative platform. It played a massive role in 2012 when Rick Perry ran for President. His campaign was destroyed in 45 short seconds when he could not remember the three agencies he would abolish.

Maybe it's time to refresh this debate but change the parameters. How about we discuss the agencies that should be kept?

6 - Bill of Rights

Today, the Bill of Rights is under constant attack. The far-left/woke mob hates free speech, and they seek to cancel anyone with an opposing view. However, the attacks on the Bill of Rights don't always come from the left.

America has a second amendment that guarantees you the right to bear arms. The last time the GOP held both houses of Congress and the Presidency, they banned bump stocks - but who really NEEDS a bump stock?

As the years have passed, some have admitted they are open to red flag laws. Is this still the case?

While the second amendment may be under attack, it is clear the fourth amendment is dead. Regardless of which party holds power in DC, the NSA is given continuous ability to spy on Americans. The simple, principled case from Rand Paul of "get a warrant" always falls on deaf ears.

The Bill of Rights should be a unifying document for most Americans, as the principles are self-evident and a significant part of any freedom platform going forward.

Conclusion

America will face significant challenges over the coming years. As the government continues to grow, the far left get more hostile, and central planners seek a great reset. If you share my concern, then now is the time to forget our tribes and ignore the debate on who should be President in 2024.

It's time to work hard to build a platform by raising a banner of bold colors, not pale pastels. We must share a clear vision to the American people of a bright future where they are free, prosperous, and can pursue their happiness.

When the platform is built and successful, people can identify the best candidate to run in 2024.

"First, you win the argument, and then you win the election." — Margaret Thatcher

Jonathon Dunne is a keynote speaker, weekly podcast host on Blaze Media, and published author on major platforms such as The Blaze, Glenn Beck, Libertarian Republic, Western Journalism, and Constitution. Since 2012, he has reached millions with his message of American exceptionalism.

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