Anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson is the talk of the internet after making a speech at the Republican National Convention yesterday.
However, it isn’t actually her graphic abortion speech that’s got people talking, it’s a YouTube video that’s surfaced from June that sees her using her kids to argue her point in a political discussion.
She made a really controversial statement that’s got a lot of backlash online – and now everyone wants to know more about her family life and children.
Who is Abby Johnson?
Abby Johnson is an American activist most known for speaking about her views on abortion.
The 40-year-old from Texas is anti-abortion, and fights for abortion to be illegal. She previously worked at Planned Parenthood, but resigned in 2009 after watching an abortion on ultrasound.
Her memoir ‘Unplanned’ was released in January 2011, and discusses her work at Planned Parenthood and her conversion to abortion opposition. The book was also made into a movie of the same name in 2019.
Abby Johnson made a speech at the RNC
The pro-life activist made a speech at the Republic National Convention yesterday (August 25th) in which she discusses her views.
She speaks about her life at Planned Parenthood, claims that the company are trying to “eradicate minorities” and argues that she was told to meet an “abortion quota” – all things that she didn’t agree with.
Abby then discusses the time when she was asked to watch an abortion on an ultrasound, and she has been scrutinised for explaining the event in such graphic detail.
She speaks about the non-profit organisation she founded called ‘And Then There Were None’ before discussing her reasons for supporting Donald Trump.
Abby gets backlash after making a controversial statement about her kids
Abby Johnson has been under fire on social media after a video surfaced of her making a remark about one of her children based on his race. The video was posted onto YouTube back in June, weeks after the Black Lives Matter protests began following the death of George Floyd.
She begins by comparing her black son to her white sons, before making a statement that has had a lot of backlash online. She said:
“Statistically, when a police officer sees a brown man like my Jude walking down the road – as opposed to my white nerdy kids walking down the road – because of the statistics that he knows in his head, they’re going to know that statistically, my brown son is more likely to commit a violent offense over my white sons.”
What Abby Johnson was essentially saying, was that statistically, her black son is more likely to commit a crime than her white sons – something that has caused a lot of social media backlash.
How many children does Abby Johnson have?
According to her website, Abby Johnson has “seven precious children” and lives with her husband in Texas. She also has a 5-year-old adopted son who is black – making the total number eight.
Back in July, she posted a photo of herself, her husband and her seven children onto Instagram, with the caption: “In my 40 years of life, I’ve learned that the 8 people who call me Mom and the man that loves me are really the things that matter the most.”
There are a mixture of boys and girls who range from toddlers to early teens.