Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Focus on the Family , Care Net , Heartbeat International and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates ( NIFLA ) will co-host the live UNITEforLIFE webcast event to benefit pro-life pregnancy care organizations in the U.S. and Canada. The free event, to be held May 17 at 8 p.m. in each U.S. time zone, will feature former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson as she describes her dramatic journey from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life advocate.
Johnson’s change of heart happened after she participated in an ultrasound-assisted abortion procedure that opened her eyes to the reality of abortion.
"I worked in a terrible industry for eight years, but my life was changed after I witnessed a child die in the womb from an abortion," Johnson said. "By the grace of God I am forgiven. I am so thankful that my story can now help equip pro-lifers to come alongside women and save lives. My hope is that, through this webcast, many more will be loved into truth as well."
During the program, pro-life leaders in the pregnancy care movement, including Melinda Delahoyde, president of Care Net; Dr. Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International; and Tom Glessner, founder and president of NIFLA will join Johnson to discuss how webcast viewers can help local pregnancy resource centers and medical clinics serve women and save lives.
"Thousands of babies have been saved because their mothers had access to ultrasound services, enabling them to see the life forming inside of them when they were deciding whether or not to have an abortion," said Kelly Rosati, vice president of Community Outreach for Focus on the Family and UNITEforLIFE host. "If you’ve ever felt God’s calling to stand up for children who cannot speak for themselves, this webcast will help to inform and equip you to do just that. We believe this is a don’t-miss event."
The webcast, which is part of Heartbeat International’s 40th Anniversary Conference, is free to attend, and participants may register at www.UniteForLifeWebcast.org. Donations and proceeds from the sale of Johnson’s documentary and book, unPLANNED, will benefit pro-life pregnancy care organizations across the U.S. and Canada.