As Abby Johnson continued to question the principles of Planned Parenthood, she was unexpectedly called into a clinic room to assist for the first time with an abortion. She watched the ultrasound screen in horror as she held the wand over the woman’s uterus. The fully formed baby squirmed and fought for its life against the abortionist’s instruments – a battle it quickly lost. Abby was forever transformed and so began her exit out of Planned Parenthood and into the pro-life movement.
Doug was Abby’s biggest cheer leader, although he had reservations about the pro-life movement considering death threats they had received and certain un-Christian tactics he had witnessed. Still, there was no question that Abby could never go back to Planned Parenthood, and also she need to expose them for what they were really doing.
Abby began to speak out against Planned Parenthood and work to help others escape the abortion industry as well. Doug says that it was through the teaching of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body that he and Abby eventually converted to Catholicism.
That first confession was truly remarkable, or as Doug puts it – “diarrhea of the soul.” There was no shortage of tears as Abby and then Doug went into the confessional to unload their heavy burden of guilt before Easter.
Add one adoption, one set of twins and four boys to the mix, and you have the family of eight kids that Doug and Abby have now!