Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director is struggling to undo a statement she said. On Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the TX. state capital Abby delivered a message to about 200 pro life advocates. There were many others supporting the sonogram Texas bill HB 201.
Senator Dan Patrick went ahead of her and in his speech said there were going to be exceptions to a bill making sonograms viewable to abortion minded women. When I asked “Why” there was no answer. Abby Johnson comes up to speak later and at 6:22 minutes into her speech she says ” and no matter what the situation is for a woman a child never deserves to be killed”. I ask “not even in rape?” and she looks right at me and then away. Her next statement totally contradicts her 100% pro life previous statement. She states “Now I want to say something. I, I um because I was there yesterday uh testifying, I don’t want you guys, I don’t want some of you to get in a tizzy about the rape and incest and the life of the mother (pause) uh exception. It is important for us as pro lifers to win some battles before we win the war. By winning this battle we are that much closer to winning that war. And so please let’s keep that in mind. Rape and incest and the life of the mother is such a small percentage one percent.”
Her gestures and facial expression seem to say this small group is nothing to be concerned about but her words say exactly that.
Was this an unplanned comment? Abby posted on her Facebook wall that this was a fake video and that I didn’t post the entire video. The entire video is now posted. Other people videoed her and about 200 people heard Abby Johnson refer to me as “just one percent”. No big deal? She knows me and that I was conceived in rape. This was like a knife thrust into my heart. There were three others with rape conception stories in the audience that couldn’t be outspoken as I am. The stigma put on women and children of rape conception has caused many to be suicidal.
I am more concerned with attacking this issue than attacking the person. This is a broad spread philosophy that is destroying lives.
Abby Johnson’s comment was degrading and perpetuates the devaluation of rape/incest conceived humans. She has said she will not offer a public apology. Why? She told me has done nothing wrong.
If she had been this disrespectful to any other minority it would be all over the news with a demand for an apology. My hope is that pro life people understand the ramifications of choosing who lives and who dies. If one rape child is sacrificed there is an open door to all abortion. NOT the other way around.
I understand some people thinking we have to compromise to get any laws passed but that is a fatal compromise in the truest sense of the word. I once considered saving the others and coming back for the rape child until I was corrected. Truth is so important to me. My understanding is different now. Once I was blind but now I see.
Jesus left the 99 to save the 1. If 55 million babies have been aborted and 1% have been rape babies then that adds up to 550,000. “Just one percent’ is not “just” one percent. It would matter if someone took one child from your home wouldn’t it?
Rebecca Kiessling, MI lawyer also conceived in rape, points out, “ It would be ridiculous to suggest that all unborn children are persons except for children conceived in rape, as the Roe Court pointed out in footnote 54.”
If there had not been the exception it would be clear that all unborn are persons. But because some say exceptions are OK then it is clear even to pro choicers that these “choice” pro lifers are mixed up.
Had Abby said she felt she had no choice to do this in a kind way maybe it would have been a bit easier to hear but that’s not how it was. It is wrong either way but to be compassionate as she constantly tells others to be would have helped.
But now she is denying she said it? Why? Is it wrong for her to have said it? All conceived in rape people know it and so does she.
Pam Stenzel makes a very observant point in her FB notes.
“Anyone that is more interested in winning a POLITICAL BATTLE than speaking truth will find themselves in a horribly precarious situation. When our aim is to have “fewer” abortions, rather than speak truth about the dignity of the human person, then we are bound to compromise over and over again. The entire ROE v WADE decision was made on the basis of “FALSE RAPE CHARGE”, the abortion rights movement used RAPE to justify ALL abortion. How then can we who say that we believe that life begins at conception fall prey to their argument? I will never forget hearing a very profane radio disc jockey who clearly stated he was NOT pro choice, he was PRO ABORTION and believed that abortion was the greatest thing since sliced bread, and thought any girl under 20 who was pregnant should be COMPELLED to abort, give a rant live on air that is to profane for me to repeat… but basically said that people who called themselves “PRO LIFE” except for cases of rape were ****ing hypocrites, if it is a human being than you should never kill it, if it is a ****ing bunch of cells, then there should be no reason to save it. You can’t have it both ways. I was stunned… here was a complete pagan speaking more truth than many who call themselves prolife!”
Pam also stated “It is not ANY of those girls FAULT that they were put on a pedestal and chased after like rock stars… IT IS OUR FAULT! We are behaving like Hollywood producers, not like BROTHERS and SISTERS in CHRIST. Paul, after his conversion, HID HIMSELF AWAY FOR 7 YEARS! And still had alot of work to do to EARN the trust of the faithful. Woe to us if we DO NOT speak truth without compromise. Woe to us if we follow those who pro port to lead like sheep with no shepherd. Woe to us if we do not do our homework and test the words of EVERY PROPHET to see if it comes from God.”
I do believe we should still lovingly reach out to Abby with truth. We all should seek God for truth so that none of us fall prey to deception. It can happen to any of us. Let us stay in pray for Abby and any other leader. Pray that hearts would seek to love truth rather than fame. And that Jesus Christ in us be our goal whether for pro life or politics or just living day to day.