The Dignity of Women - Episode 005 - Abortion, Planned Parenthood, and Motherhood

October 2, 2018

Abby Johnson has always been fiercely determined to help women in need. This desire is what led Abby to an 8-year career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization, becoming an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. As a clinic director at PP, Abby realized abortion was a “product” they were selling, yet she loved and continued to serve the women that entered her clinic. That changed on September 26, 2009, when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion. She watched in horror as a 13-week old baby fought for, and ultimately lost its life at the hand of the abortionist. Seeking answers, Abby turned to a local pro-life group. Her leaving Planned Parenthood as a threat to the organization caused them to take immediate action. They sought to silence Abby with a gag order and brought her to court on a case that was ultimately dismissed.

Abby is the author of the nationally best-selling book Unplanned, which chronicles her experiences. Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers in transitioning out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 430 workers leave the abortion industry. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and seven children.

 

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • How a youthful desire to help women led to Planned Parenthood
  • How abortions are the “products” PP sells
  • Recounting the abortion that changed her life
  • Modern feminism and the issue of life and “choice”
  • Ministry that helps industry workers transition out
  • Demonization of motherhood – robber of personal fulfillment
  • Soon to be release movie, based on her book Unplanned
  • Abby had 2 abortions, and this is often what helps her connect with women in crisis

 

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The Dignity of Women - Episode 004 - Human Trafficking

September 25, 2018

8-year old Nomi is a survivor of human trafficking in Cambodia. When Diana Mao met Nomi at a recovery shelter, she was shocked and moved by her story. Trafficked by her stepfather, without her mother’s disapproval, Nomi was discovered by outreach workers – CAGED. She could not speak and was biting and drooling. Brought to the shelter, where she received care and nurture, it gave Diana great hope to witness Nomi’s growth – “living up to her God-given potential.” Diana founded the Nomi Network to share Nomi’s story and to help bring hope and healing to those recovering from human trafficking, as well as preventing and intervening for people at risk of being trafficked.

Human Trafficking spokeswoman Diana Mao joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women podcast, addressing the reality of human trafficking and how she left the path to a successful future, moved by a personal encounter, in order to found an organization that assists survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.

Diana Mao co-founded Nomi Network after a rewarding career in economic development and management consulting. Since its inception, Diana has played an instrumental role in making Nomi Network the catalytic international organization it is today. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization since its founding and building Nomi Network’s Board and strategic partnerships with large corporations, funders, and investors. A 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar and New York Academy of Medicine Fellow, Mao earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in BusinessEconomics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration with a specialization in International Management from New York University. She received the Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality and New York University Recent Alumni Award for her critical work in conceiving and building Nomi Network to the powerful force it is today in the anti-human trafficking movement.”

The Nomi Network creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.

 EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Personal encounter and call to human trafficking awareness
  • Walking away from a successful future to embrace non-profit work
  • Poverty, caste system, foster care, homeless youth connection to HT
  • Inter-generational prostitution (largely in India)
  • Rehabilitation and recovery for victims (50-60% success rate)
  • Prevention of human trafficking
  • Pornography and HT (80% survivors report being “trained” with porn)
  • Response – What can I do?

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The Dignity of Women - Episode 002 - Redeemed Vision

September 11, 2018

Redeemed Vision - Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture with author and founder of Freedom Coaching, Steve Pokorny.

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The Dignity of Women - Episode 001

September 3, 2018

The Dignity of Women podcast focuses on reclaiming femininity in the modern age. It challenges feminist viewpoints and the objectification of persons. The Dignity of Women calls us to higher virtue and nobility of character, so that men must aspire to be worthy of us, and that through Christ, beauty will save the world.

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