I had the privilege to attend a screening at CPAC 2019 of Unplanned, directed by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman (God’s Not Dead). It was the most truthful and heartbreaking film I have ever seen.
When I first saw an advertisement for the movie, my first concern was that it would be just another cheesy, cliche Christian movie. I was dead wrong. In fact, the performance in this film from Ashley Bratcher, who portrayed Abby Johnson, was outstanding. She shined in the role from beginning to end.
This movie, based on the best-selling book by the same name, tells the story of Abby Johnson from her junior year in college at Texas A&M University volunteering for Planned Parenthood to her conversion into pro-life activism. It is humorous at times, showing Johnson’s relationships with the sidewalk counselors outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic where she later became the director, to absolutely gut-wrenching as it takes no qualms about showing the reality of what actually happens during an abortion.
I feel as if this movie would be particularly thought-provoking for the pro-choice community, but not for obvious reasons.
Becoming pro-choice happens gradually. In Abby Johnson’s case, her parents and her church never taught her about abortion. She just thought she was pro-life before volunteering at Planned Parenthood because her parents were. So, throughout the movie, you see her start to believe the lies she’d been told for years— until the day she witnessed a baby fight and struggle for its life during an ultrasound-guided abortion.
The movie answers just about every question someone who is pro-choice would have. It doesn’t avoid the hard questions: Are babies conceived in rape still human? Does human dignity begin at conception or viability? What does an abortion actually look like?
The film was given an R rating for good reason. Yes, the film is graphic.
The R rating will play out as a great thing for this movie and for the pro-life movement though. For one, it has already given the film much more extensive media coverage than it would have been if rated at a lower level. The R rating has also given the pro-life movement an opportunity to draw parallels about things children can and cannot do. In some states, it is legal for a child to get an abortion without parental consent, but it is not legal for minors under 17 to see R rated movies, i.e. Unplanned.
After the screening, the directors of the film quoted Esther saying, “This movie is made for such a time as this.” After watching it and being moved to tears and even needing to speak to a pastor afterward, I know this is true.
With pro-abortion legislation being passed day after day it seems, there is not a more important message to get across to our culture of death in America.
Unplanned will be available in theaters on March 29. For more information, visit www.unplannedfilm.com.
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