The second night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) will be historic, as Abby Johnson becomes the first former Planned Parenthood employee to speak at the event.
“This is even bigger than the movie (Unplanned),” Abby said in an interview with The Daily Citizen. “This is this is probably the biggest stage I’ll ever step on in my life.”
It started a couple of weeks earlier with a phone call while on a cross country road trip.
“We were moving one of our crisis clients from Virginia to Texas, and I got a call from one of President Donald Trump’s speech writers,” Abby said. “She said she had been tasked with giving me a call to see if I would be interested in speaking at the convention. She explained that my name had been put into the final selection committee. She didn’t know if I was going to get picked, but before they moved forward, they needed to know if I was interested.”
Though Abby was excited by the opportunity, she wasn’t getting her hopes up.
“I told the member of the Trump campaign I would be honored, but when I went home, I didn’t tell anyone except my husband,” Abby said. “I thought that it’s not going to happen because I never get picked for things like this. I mean, if I’m a finalist in something I’m always the runner up. That’s the way it’s always been for me. So, I thought there’s no way I’m going to get picked. I’m just going to mark that down as cool that I was in the final selection process.”
It was just a couple of days later, while shopping for school supplies with some of her children in Walmart, that Abby got the call.
“At the time, I was trying to be really cool, as if somebody from the Trump campaign calls my cell every day,” Abby shared. “But I’m smacking my husband on the arm saying, ‘This is it—I think this is it.’”
After Abby ended the call, the family finished their school supply run before going home and Abby was able to officially share the news with close family.
“The other day, I was sort of sitting there thinking about it, because my Dad told me how excited he was to see his baby girl on national television, but I was like you’ve seen me on television before. But then I thought about it and realized that this is sort of different,” Abby said.
“I feel like there is a burden of responsibility that comes with (making a speech at the RNC). Making sure that my words are clear. People always say that they hope the words are not their own but those of the Holy Spirit. If there’s ever been a time in my life that is a true statement for me, it’s now. It is more important than any other speech I’ve given in my entire life. I have this responsibility to make sure my words are truly of Christ, because if they are, they will be received in that way. That’s really my desire.”
This year’s conventions have also been unique, in more ways than one. Though the Democrat National Convention usually gives pro-abortionists a prominent place at the convention, that hasn’t been the case this year.
“It shows that life is consistently a winning platform,” Abby said. “It feels like abortions are on the way out. In 2016, Planned Parenthood’s president spoke at the DNC, and this year no one from the abortion lobby was given any time. I think it shows that people are really paying attention to this issue and that maybe even the Democrat party is trying to distance itself from abortion because they know it’s not a winning argument.
“People are waking up to the barbarity of abortion, and medical technology has advanced more than we could imagine with more babies surviving and thriving outside the womb (at younger ages). We’re learning more about the unborn human person every day. They’re terrified of science, and I think they’re terrified of what we know and what we’re learning, so I think, in a way, they’re trying to distance themselves.”
For her speech, Johnson promises that it will be the most “provocative, impassioned, memorable pro-life speech ever made.”
Abby Johnson will be speaking on Tuesday, August 25 at the RNC.
Photo from Abby Johnson on Twitter
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