AUSTIN, Texas — On the heels of her nationally televised speech at the Republican National Convention Aug. 25, Abby Johnson’s new podcast, “Politely Rude,” dropped its first episode Aug. 26. The podcast is a weekly show focusing on parenting, culture and politics.
Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director whose radical conversion story was told in the 2019 feature film “Unplanned”and who now runs And Then There Were None, will be hosted the podcast on Edifi, a new podcast app that brings almost every Christian podcast in existence together into a one-stop shop for people’s listening enjoyment.
“I’ve never been one to shy away from the truth, no matter how difficult or controversial it may be,” said Johnson, a mother of eight children. “Truth is unchangeable and unshakeable in every age and time and perhaps today more than ever, people need to hear it spoken boldly.”
Johnson became an overnight sensation in 2009 when she left her position as director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas after witnessing and assisting in the abortion of a 13-week-old fetus. Her story was told in the 2019 film, “Unplanned.” She has helped more than 550 abortion workers leave their jobs through her ministry, And Then There Were None, and within the past year has founded ProLove Ministries, LoveLine and Mama Scholar.
“We’re pleased to have Abby Johnson as one of our first podcasters on the Edifi Podcast Network. We believe audiences want to hear from Abby and others at a time when it’s hard to speak truth for fear of being mocked, censored or cancelled,” said Christopher Chou, CEO of The Christian Post, parent company of Edifi.
“We look forward to airing this podcast, along with a variety of other new shows heading to Edifi in the next few months.”
Edifi, the podcast platform hosting “Politely Rude,” is a powerful tool that builds faith by helping listeners filter out all of the noise. The app is designed to help people discover new Christian shows and allow users to completely control the podcast experience.
“When moral relativism and fake news run rampant, I hope my voice and bold truth-telling will edify others to take their own stand for the truth, to stand up for what’s right, not just what’s ‘right for you’,” said Johnson.
During her speech at the Republican National Convention that formally nominated incumbent President Donald J. Trump for re-election, she shared her journey to the pro-life movement.
“When I was in college, Planned Parenthood approached me at a volunteer fair. They talked about helping women in crisis and their commitment to keep abortion ‘safe, legal and rare,’” she said. “I truly believed I was helping women.”
Johnson relayed how Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger promoted racial eugenics. Today, she said, almost 80 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are “strategically placed in minority neighborhoods.”
For most people who consider themselves pro-life, Johnson said, abortion is abstract, and they can’t truly conceive of the barbarity. For example, she said, most pro-lifers are not familiar with the “Products of Conception” room in abortion facilities, where infant corpses are pieced back together to ensure nothing remains in the mother’s wombs, adding that sometimes employees jokingly referred to the room as the “Pieces of Children” room.
“But for me, abortion is very real,” said Johnson. “I know what it sounds like; what it smells like. Did you know that abortion has a smell? I’ve been the perpetrator … to these babies … to these women.”