WINONA, Minn. — Anti-abortion activist, nationally renowned speaker, and former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson will speak at Saint Mary’s University 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

Johnson has a uniquely broad perspective. According to her website, she has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led her to a career with Planned Parenthood and caused her to flee the organization in 2009 and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement.

She wrote the book “Unplanned” about her experiences and now travels internationally to share her story. She also founded And Then There Were None, an organization that helps abortion clinic workers find a way out through her ministry. In addition to advocating for the unborn, Johnson adopts a consistent life ethic and encourages others to do so by affirming the right to life and the dignity of all people from conception to natural death.

The event, free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the Culture of Life student organization at Saint Mary’s University. Johnson’s presentation will be held in Salvi Lecture Hall, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall.