You know, when I started this blog, I told myself I would not tell stories about “how my week went” or “what I did yesterday,” for frankly, no one cares. However, several unique experiences have occurred within the past couple months, and my dear friend from the dainty, informative blog Youya Girl encouraged me to write about them, because it is not every day an average teen like me gets to, for example, interview someone as remarkable as–well, I guess you are going to have to read this post to find out why I am breaking my own rules.
Where do I start?
Back in August, my older brother, two of our younger siblings and I accompanied our dad downstate Illinois to two special events that state representative Darren Bailey was hosting in and around his district. The featured speaker was Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who had worked for the organization eight years before assisting in a ultrasound-guided abortion and being jolted awake to the reality that abortion truly does take a human life.
Her testimony is one of the most powerful and eye-opening you will ever hear. Unplanned, the movie depicting her life altering experience, garnered a 6.1 million dollar profit on the opening weekend, and changed the minds and hearts of thousands of people. She is a true pro-life warrior, never once looking back in regret at leaving her cushy job at the slaughter house that is Planned Parenthood. In fact, her organization And Then There Were None was created to help abortion clinic workers leave their jobs and begin anew.
It was at the second event in which I had the privilege to interview her for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), and let me tell you, it was a huge honor. (My goodness this is the most amount of links I have ever included in a post…)
It was the first interview I have ever done, and to be honest, it was quite intimidating. Fortunately I was given a list of questions to ask, or I would have gone blank and stood there tongue-tied. But Mrs. Johnson was very gracious; though I spoke softly, and was as stiff as a fence post, the media director of IFI reassured me that–for a first time interviewer–it was a job well done.
So, there you have it, I met and interviewed Abby Johnson, a personal and pro-life hero 😀