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From Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writers/co-producers of God’s Not Dead, comes a film that speaks to one of the most polarizing topics of our day. Unplanned brings us an eye-opening look inside the abortion industry from a woman who was once its most passionate advocate.
Unplanned is the most important movie you’ll ever see on the most controversial issue of our time. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, no one will leave this film unmoved by Abby’s journey.Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation.All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.
Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.Unplanned Book.The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009.
That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life.
Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.
From Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writers/co-producers of God's Not Dead, comes a film that speaks to one of the most polarizing topics of our time. UNPLANNED brings us an eye-opening look inside the abortion industry through one woman's inspiring true story of transformation.
All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. She believed in a woman's right to choose, and as one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions. Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days for Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life advocates in America.
"a true story of love, hope & redemption" - National Review
Starring: Ashley Bratcher (90 Minutes in Heaven), Brooks Ryan (The Adventures of Jurassic Pet), Robia Scott (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Jared Lotz.
Bonus Features: Save the Storks booklet with devotional, interviews with Abby Johnson, Making-Of Featurettes, Deleted Scenes & Trailers, and Matthew West's Unplanned official music video.
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.6 x 5.3 x 7.4 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Director : Chuck Konzelman
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 50 minutes
- Release date : August 13, 2019
- Actors : Ashley Bratcher
- Studio : Unplanned Movie, LLC
- ASIN : B07STGYH7T
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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The movie portrays both sides with respect. The patients at the clinic are portrayed as women seeking help in a difficult situation and are not treated in a judgmental way for considering an abortion. It shows the clinic workers and abortion protestors in both good and bad light. Some protestors do not have real compassion towards patients while others are seen truly caring about the women. The clinic director is harsh with Abby at times and particularly after she questions a Planned Parenthood procedure at a seminar. The abortion facility looks clean and efficient while the workers at the clinic appear like typical employees you’d encounter at a medical office.
The movie Unplanned had limited show times in our area and unfortunately was removed from theaters while still doing well at the box office. The ‘R’ rating is surprising to me and is unjustified given I’m a lightweight and cannot even handle the violence of many ‘PG-13’ films. The only difficult parts to watch are when Abby aborts her baby at home after taking an abortion pill, a young woman suffers during a botched abortion procedure at the clinic and when Abby witnesses an abortion on the ultrasound monitor.
This movie is highly effective since its based on an actual autobiography and shows Abby’s transition from supporting abortion to suddenly struggling with the issues surrounding the procedure after many years of justifying it within herself. I learned several new things from this movie and didn’t know that Planned Parenthood employees escort women from their cars to the facility so they are not influenced by abortion protestors. This is an important movie to see if you care about women who must make the heart wrenching decision of whether to keep or abort their babies because it reveals the inner workings of an abortion facility and shows what happens to women during the entire abortion process. The fact that this story is told from a former clinic director’s experience during her eight years at Planned Parenthood makes it very compelling.
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Ms Johnson herself had 2 abortions. In her job at the clinic she reassured anxious potential mothers contemplating having an abortion that they were doing the right thing, that they should ignore the anti-abortion Christian demonstrators outside the clinic and sign the forms, hand over the money and get ready to go into surgery.
Abby Johnson was an administrator rather than a surgeon and did not see or participate in the actual medical procedures that went on in her clinic, although she did have to deal with women in pain or bleeding after their abortion. When she got home to her family after one busy day at work she had to explain to her little daughter why her shoes were covered in spots of blood.
Abby's husband and parents were unhappy about what she did for a living but agreed to disagree, with a tolerance sadly often missing from the abortion debate.
Then one day when the operating theatre was short-staffed, she was called in to assist. Through ultrasound Abby watched the foetus in a pregnant woman's womb as a doctor sucked it out with a vacuum device. The reality of what she had been facilitating for years so upset Abby Johnson, who had already seen other things inside the abortion industry that disturbed her, that she left it forever and became an anti-abortion campaigner.
'Unplanned' has a 15 rating in Britain as it makes no secret of the fact that abortion is a surgical procedure involving blood, pain, knives and, I now learn, vacuum suction. However, despite being of a squeamish disposition (we vampire lawyers are surprisingly sensitive and misunderstood!) I was OK watching this film.
If the makers of this film had really wanted to they could have made it a lot more gory than it is, while still being true to the facts. In one scene a truck driver collects two large plastic bins from the clinic for disposal that we are told are full of aborted foetuses. If they really wanted to give us a horror shot, the makers of this film could have removed the lids to show us what is inside those plastic bins, but they do not.
The lead role of Abby is played by an actress called Ashley Bratcher, who learned while making this film that she was only alive because her own mother, having gone to a clinic intending to have her aborted, changed her mind at the last minute.
Ms Bratcher is herself a Christian and opposes abortion, but believes in spreading the message gently. Given that it is claimed that one-third of American women have had an abortion, shouting 'abortion is murder' at them is more likely to drive people away than to persuade them. While the message of this film is against abortion, it is careful to show that not everyone who has had an abortion or works in an abortion clinic is a bad person. Some of the more militant 'pro-choice' feminists on the other side of the debate, who shout down and abuse anyone who disagrees with them, could learn from that.
The part of Abby's boss is played by a lady who is now called Robia Scott, but who many will remember playing the part of Jenny Calendar years ago in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' under her maiden name Robia LaMorte. She stopped acting some time ago, when she got religion, to concentrate on Christian preaching, but agreed to act in this film because she thought its story important.
I was unsure whether it would be worth watching 'Unplanned' as the script was by the same people as 'Gods Not Dead 2' which I previously reviewed on Amazon as a 3 stars OK but not brilliant. I also knew it had received both some very favourable reviews from conservative Christians and some very unfavourable reviews in the (mostly trendy liberal inclined) media, but I did not know if either or both were reacting more on their politics and views on abortion, than the merits of the film.
I finally decided to try 'Unplanned' partly out of curiosity to see what 'Jenny Calendar' from 'Buffy' is up to now. Also, I had read that those who worked on this film did so despite knowing that, in conformist faux-liberal Hollywood, being associated with an anti-abortion film could harm their careers. I therefore thought this film deserved to be supported.
While 'Unplanned' is not the best film ever, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Ashley Bratcher, while not an actress in the Meryl Streep or Charlize Theron class, is good in lead the role of Abby Johnson. The latter approved of Ashley Bratcher's performance. The actress is slimmer and more attractive than Abby Johnson is in real life.
Most of the rest of the cast are good in this although not well-known. There is a moving scene near the end when Abby Johnson ties a red rose and a white rose to the metal railing outside the now closed clinic, one for each of her 2 aborted children, and leaves a letter to them. Then we see a vast number of red and white roses tied to the railing outside what had been the abortion clinic, in memory of all the little lives ended there when they had scarcely begun.
There are no Special Features with this film, but you can find many videos of both Ashley Bratcher and Abby Johnson talking about this film and the issues it raises on YouTube. Some have argued that Abby Johnson must have misunderstood what she saw on the scanner in the abortion room that day, as a foetus small and young enough to be removed from the mother's womb by vacuuming would not have been developed enough to react in the way she believes she saw. Even if that is true, there is still plenty else that she reports seeing on the inside of the abortion industry to make us stop and think.
Someone with an open mind would find this film interesting and thought-provoking even if they are on the other side of the debate about surgical termination of pregnancy and indeed about religion. Unfortunately many minds are closed on this issue. I cannot imagine 'Unplanned' receiving a fair or favourable review on Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour' or a BBC 'arts' programme for example.
Personally, I am an atheist, and in ethics mostly a Utilitarian follower of John Stuart Mill. This means I do not believe in an absolute, unqualified moral right either to life or to have an abortion. I would probably still, reluctantly, vote to keep abortion legal if there was a poll, for fear of the consequences if abortion was driven underground and outside the law. However, I am also repelled by the weasel words and strident certainty of some of those who argue that it is absolutely OK to end the life of a child in the womb, yet who would be horrified to see someone kill a newborn baby.
My only gripe is that the sound quality of the DVD is poor.