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.
But one day Abby saw something that changed everything, leading her to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.
Join us for this eye-opening film about the abortion industry based on the life-changing true story of Abby Johnsonon Sunday, November 3rd. ADMISSION FREE
Churches that are silent about abortion—because it ruins the positive vibe they want to have, or whatever—aren’t dealing in reality.
By John Stonestreet and David Carlson Christian Post
The movie “Unplanned,” a Pureflix biopic about former Planned Parenthood director-of-the-year Abby Johnson, had more than a few “unplanned” obstacles to overcome for its opening weekend.
First, the Motion Picture Association of America gave the film an R-rating because of its depiction of abortion. As I mentioned on The Point last month, how tragically ironic that in many states a teenage girl doesn’t need parental permission to get an abortion but needs it to see a movie about abortion.
Then, by some weird “coincidence” (yes, I’m using scare quotes there), the movie’s Twitter account was suspended on the day of the movie’s release. And of course, CNN, the Hallmark Channel, and almost every other major network refused to accept advertising dollars for the movie. Even a major Christian music network refused to promote the film.
Even so, “Unplanned” brought in $6.1 million over the weekend, and Forbes magazine predicts it will gross $16 million, which would be “a solid win” for a limitedly-distributed film.
I took my daughter to see “Unplanned,” and I was moved. Even more, I left convinced that it teaches an incredibly important lesson: Silence about abortion is unacceptable and the reasons Christians give to justify their silence—like abortion being too “political” or too “negative”—are tragically bogus.
Abby Johnson was the youngest Planned Parenthood director in the country. Over her eight years with the organization, she grew increasingly uncomfortable. As she says at her website, she realized “abortion was a product Planned Parenthood was selling, not an unfortunate necessity they were fighting to decrease.” Then, she was asked to assist with an abortion, and watched the abortionist kill a 13-week old baby.
That was the final straw, and the rest, as they say is history. A history now on film for all to see.
Of course, it’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood and its allies don’t want you to see behind the curtain of this national evil. As long as abortion remains hidden, they can continue to peddle their talking points, half-truths and lies: that abortion is not really the taking of a human life; that abortion is a compassionate choice for women; that Planned Parenthood isn’t in this for the money; and that this is about helping women, and on and on.
What is surprising and what “Unplanned” exposes in a powerful way, is how misguided, and even cowardly, it is for Christians to remain silent. We have our reasons, of course: “It’s not Christian to protest abortion clinics,” we are told. Abortion is a “political issue,” and we don’t want to make those who have had an abortion feel bad.
“Unplanned” unmasks just how misguided each of those talking points is. First, it contrasts harmful protesting with the incredible power of prayer and consistent presence. When Abby escaped Planned Parenthood, she ran directly to the Human Coalition, people she met day after day after day outside of her clinic.
Second, the film earned its R rating because it showed the realities of both surgical and medical abortions. See it for yourself if you still think this is about “politics,” and not about the ending of innocent human life.
And finally, in a particularly poignant scene in the movie, Abby begins to realize the enormity of the evil she’s participated in—20,000 abortions, 20,000 lost lives. Her only recourse is forgiveness.
“It’s almost demonic in a way in that they’re trying to suppress a whole nation from seeing a movie. And our question to them is this: What are you so afraid of?”
By Brandon Showalter Christian Post Reporter
Amid considerable pushback, the pro-life motion picture “Unplanned” had a successful first weekend in Canada, averaging approximately $7,000 per screen.
The film’s directors say they are encouraged by the showing though the opposition has been significant and multi-faceted.
According to tribute.ca, for the weekend of July 12, the movie — which tells the story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson — came in at number 18 in the top 20 movies in North America.
The film was released in the United States in March but it faced obstacles in being shown in Canada. It became available in dozens of theaters in Canada beginning Friday, averaging of $7,041 per screen.
Directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman told The Christian Post in a Monday interview that they’ve made approximately $352,000, which they consider a great number given the hurdles they have faced in Canada.
“We were suppressed at every turn,” Solomon said of the obstacles. “The left and the pro-choice side in the government denounced the movie without seeing it.”
Throughout the distribution process since the film’s release when the directors faced hostility during media interviews and elsewhere, they often asked those, including film critics who were quick to say how horrible the film is or that it constitutes “propaganda,” if they have watched the movie. But they all said no, the directors noted.
Konzelman said that the Canadian mainstream press has been particularly remiss “because there have been probably two dozen articles and most of them go like this: ‘Controversial anti-abortion film coming to Canada’ [where] they talk about the controversy, then they get a quote from a pro-choice organization member, and they say that there’s a limited number of theaters showing it, and then they talk about the death threats to the theater owners.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff posted on Twitter her distaste for the movie. Her account says her tweets are her personal views.
*** The following is from an email blast sent out by Former Planned Parenthood Director, now Pro-Life Advocate, Abby Johnson. The intention of the repost is to promote upcoming pro-life events and to better equip ourselves in engaging our culture in the abortion debate.
UNPLANNED, the surprise hit film based on the book I wrote (of the same name, after I quit my job at Planned Parenthood) shook the nation as people were confronted with the truth about abortion. Many people, even those who are pro-life, didn’t know how horrific abortion was or the devastating effects it has wreaked on children, women, and their families. I received hundreds of personal messages about how UNPLANNED changed their views on abortion – and how they viewed those who worked in the industry, just like I did.
UNPLANNED only showed a small portion of what it looks like to work in the abortion industry. But it also showed how love and compassion can help workers quit their jobs and leave the industry entirely. Many of their stories are told in my second book, The Walls Are Talking.
Join me on TUESDAY, MAY 21 at 7:30pm EDT and four former abortion workers to learn:
– how their stories are changing the face of the pro-life movement,
– the secrets of the abortion industry, and
– how abortion clinics are dealing with the exodus of so many workers.
I will introduce you to these four courageous former workers:
– Sue Thayer – Sue was a Center Manager for Planned Parenthood for 18 years. After she became pro-life, Sue led the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign outside the very clinic she managed.
– Monica Cline – Monica was trained by Planned Parenthood for outreach to teens and saw first-hand that the goals were more abortion-centered than they were education-based.
– Adrienne Moton – Adrienne is a former employee of Women’s Medical Center, the infamous Kermit Gosnell’s practice. She worked in the abortion industry for 3 years.
– Myra Neyer – Myra worked for Planned Parenthood in Baltimore. She witnessed an unforgettable abortion procedure that led to her quitting her job in the industry.
Participants will be entered into a random drawing to receive an autographed copy of my book, The Walls are Talking.
It can also be ordered by CLICKING HERE.
I hope you will join me on May 21. These walls are talking, and it’s time we all listen.
Date: TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019
Time: 4:30PM PT/ 6:30PM CT/ 7:30PM ET
This past weekend, many pro-lifers and even pro-choicers flocked to the movie theaters to watch the highly anticipated pro-life movie. Despite the media blackout, the backlash from Twitter following the shutdown of the movie’s account, and even the poorly written reviews from secular media, the movie has pricked the conviction of those who support abortion.
According to Forbes, the movie has performed well enough to make the top five in the box office as it sits at number four on opening weekend. That’s impressive considering it is released on the same weekend as Disney’s Dumbo and Captain Marvel. At the same time, Unplanned received more positive reviews than the number one movie in the box office.
Based on a memoir written by Abby Johnson, the movie brings the book to life in an astonishing way while articulating the two bold messages of the film; mercy and hope.
The movie has given an accurate account on what happens inside of a Planned Parenthood facility that the media and even the organization itself try to deny that their number one product is abortion. There is no surprise that what goes on inside the facilities are as accurate as it is portrayed in the film.
In the movie, Abby (portrayed by Ashley Bratcher) starts out as a young college junior who is figuring out where to go after she finishes college at Texas A&M. One day she stumbles upon a table for Planned Parenthood. Conflicted because of her family’s pro-life convictions, she was hesitant. However, she reluctantly became part of the largest abortion provider in the world.
Within eight years, Abby went from clinic escort to director of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, TX aborting 20,000 babies. During that time, she met many of the workers who were employees of the facility. In addition to her co-workers and colleagues at the abortion center, she also interacted with a group of pro-lifers who were quietly praying and sidewalk counseling on the other side of the facility’s fence. Two of them were Shawn and Marilisa Carney (played by Jared Lotz and Emma Elle Roberts), founders of 40 Days for Life.
Not only did Shawn and Marilisa open dialogue with Abby about her work, but she also received opposition from her parents and husband, Doug (played by Brooks Ryan). Upon watching the film, I remember seeing a scene where Doug challenge how much Abby changed after she received Planned Parenthood’s employee of the year award.
In 2009, she was asked to assist in an ultrasound-guided abortion. What she saw became her road to Damascus moment as her eyes were open to see that what doctor killed was a human being in the mother’s womb. She found refuge in the 40 Days coalition that was down the road from the facility. She walked away from the abortion and knew that she had to protect the lives of the precious unborn children. Soon, the facility she once worked for, would sue her. After a one-hour court session, the lawsuit against her and the Carneys was dismissed.
The theme of mercy is clearly seen after Abby walked away. She was in so much agony over the many babies that were killed under her watch. When asked how can she ask for forgiveness, her husband told her to go seek it.
I have also seen the theme of hope in the movie when Abby’s family and friends on the other side of the fence were hoping that one day she would walk away from the abortion facility. They never gave up hope in her quitting a gruesome job.
The pro-life movement is built on hope, love, and mercy. All three of them combined unleashed life and our culture can become fully alive.
Hope is the antidote in the culture of despair. We need to have that when we confront abortion as we plant the seeds to those who work in the abortion industry. There are times we walk away from a prayer vigil in our community with no one listening to your prayers or your offer to help. However, we have a God who is giving us hope to continue fighting the good fight.
When Marilisa first approached Abby after her first day, she did not yell, curse, or even judged her. Rather, she approached her with love. She would constantly remind Abby that she is praying for her. One scene that jumped out to me was when both were pregnant and Marilisa made Abby think how much of a joy she would be when Christmas approaches. Another example of love is the times that Doug held Abby close during her times of despair. He reminded her how much he loved her.
Mercy is the bridge to healing. When Abby saw a file on an abortion she had at the same facility, she knew that she wanted to be forgiven. To me, mercy can go a long way when we encounter someone who is post-abortive or is expecting a child, even in the direst of circumstances.
Unplanned is a must-see movie. Take your family, church or prayer groups, or even invite someone who is on the fence with the issue.
As Unplanned is less than 48 hours from hitting theaters, Pro-Lifers are ready for the most anticipated Pro-Life movie since Bella and Gosnell combined. In an email sent out by Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia President Tom Stevens, he notes many theaters are hosting a screening in the days leading up to its March 29th release.
Here is the message:
The movie Unplanned is coming to a theater near you starting March 28th! See below to reserve tickets. If you’re already working with one of these teams, please continue to do so since all teams have put tremendous effort, time and money into their theater showing(s). Please share this email so that we can fill the theaters!The Unplannedmovie is based on Abby Johnson’s true story. It has been rated ‘R’. Please see the attached letter from Abby regarding this. To see an R-rated movie a person must be 17 or older or be accompanied by a parent/guardian.MOST OF THE BELOW ARE PRIVATE SHOWINGS: (Public showings can be found atunplannedtickets.com, search by zip code) EDGMONT / NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA — DELAWARE COUTY – Thanks to the Respect Life teams at St. John Neumann, St. Pius X and parishioners:
Archbishop Charles Chaput weighs in on the importance of the movie that everyone should see, Unplanned.
Here’s an excerpt from his latest column:
A friend of mine, a mother and teacher, has spent the last 40 years caring for young people: her hundreds of grade-school students, her children, and her many grandchildren. She’s spent those same 40 years volunteering in the cause of life. Over the decades she’s helped open 11 pro-life clinics; led and served on the boards of pro-life organizations; marched and picketed; given public talks; and spent hundreds of hours on the phone and in person listening to and trying to help women faced with the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy.
She once told me that, in her view, the two biggest rackets in American culture are the mob, whose profits are fat but its activities criminal, and Planned Parenthood, whose funding is fat but its activities praised. She has her own personal memory of the latter. As a young woman early in her marriage, and before the direction of her life changed, she sought out birth control counseling and pills from a Planned Parenthood clinic in Manhattan. She got what she came for — and left feeling processed “like a piece of meat.”
She’s never forgotten the experience. Planned Parenthood has worked earnestly to improve its customer service and public relations in the years since, but the essence of what it does hasn’t changed any more than the mob’s has. In practice, the business of Planned Parenthood is to prevent new life and to help kill developing life if it becomes inconvenient. And too many women to count have been damaged or repelled by it.
One of those women, one who has not remained silent, is Abby Johnson. As director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, and committed to the ideals of reproductive choice and a woman’s “right to choose,” Johnson oversaw a site that conducted thousands of abortions during her tenure. It was only when she took part personally in one of the procedures that the reality of killing a living, developing, unborn human child imprinted itself on her conscience full force. She left Planned Parenthood and joined the Coalition for Life.
Johnson’s journey from one side of the abortion struggle to the other is told powerfully in her compelling book Unplanned, available from Ignatius Press and other booksellers. It’s well worth reading and sharing. And her story is now an equally powerful motion picture, Unplanned, opening in theaters around the metro Philadelphia area on March 29.
Don’t expect to see positive reviews in mainstream media outlets; miracles do happen, but this one would be a stretch. Ignore that. See this movie, and bring as many friends and acquaintances with you as you can (it’s rated R for the nature of its content). It’s that important.
Note that Generation Life is hosting an advance screening of the film in South Philadelphia on March 28, with details here
Against all predictions and odds, the pro-life movement has endured and gained ground over the past four decades because the humanity of the unborn child can’t finally be hidden or denied. The right to life is the fundamental human right; without it, no other rights are secure. Abby Johnson discovered that in a hard but deeply moving way. In supporting the film that tells her story, we join in the task of communicating the sanctity of life.
*This article was written by Lou Baldwin of CatholicPhilly.com. It has been republished with his permission.
A new movie called “Unplanned” probably is not going to get much publicity on most news outlets or by reviewers because it is definitely not politically correct. The feature film is about what really happens at an abortion clinic as told by Abby Johnson, a former director of a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas that performed abortions.
She was an eight-year employee and proud of what she was doing, helping women who had an inconvenient pregnancy. Planned Parenthood held her in such regard that she earned Employee of the Year.
Then one day, because the staff was short-handed, she was asked to monitor an ultrasound screen while an actual abortion was being performed. Just watching the reality of it — a tiny, living, unborn baby being dismembered and vacuumed out of his or her mother’s womb piece by piece — was an epiphany.
For Johnson it was no longer just a bit of tissue, it was a child who was killed before her very eyes and she was an accessory to the fact.
A few days later she quit her job and before long she joined the pro-life advocates who prayed on a regular basis outside the clinic she formerly ran. That was a decade ago and she has been outspoken in condemning the abortion industry ever since.
“Unplanned” speaks of her journey from death to life and the push back she’s gotten from the abortion industry.
The film’s R rating, which means teens under 17 must be accompanied by an adult, speaks to where Hollywood is on this issue. That might seem strange considering the gore depicted in other movies that typically receive a PG-13 rating.
Although “Unplanned” will have a general release on March 29, it has been making the rounds of pre-release screenings. There will be a special discount price screening at United Artists Riverview Plaza at 1400 S. Columbus Blvd. in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Pro-Life Educational Foundation in Lansdale and geared for young adults.
The screening will be followed by a Q & A session and for those who wish, a gathering elsewhere to keep the conversation going.
“It is important because young adults and people everywhere need to see the reality of abortion especially in this climate,” said Katelyn D’Adamo, the assistant director for Generation Life in West Chester. “We have to cut through all the pro-choice rhetoric about reproductive choice and see abortion for what it is. It is very violent.”
D’Adamo said her group was inspired to host “Unplanned” when they were praying in front of before Planned Parenthood’s Surgical Center on Comly Road in Northeast Philadelphia.
“We saw these young women going in carrying life and leaving empty,” she said. “It’s ridiculous that a girl of 15 can procure an abortion but can’t see a film about it.”
One of the things Generation Life does, she said, “is educate our peers on the beauty of chastity. The film is a story of redemption and starting over. We want to get the word out it is not too late to start over.”
Unplanned, the movie based on a memoir written by Abby Johnson, tells the story of how she walked away from Planned Parenthood after witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion. She shared how 40 Days for Life planted the seeds for her conversion.
Abby was the director of the facility in Bryan Texas, which is now the headquarters of 40 Days for Life.
This spring the movie will be brought to life. Generation Life will host a screening in King of Prussia mall on opening night Thursday, March 28th at 7PM. Information is below:
Join Generation Life for the premiere night of the highly anticipated film ‘UNPLANNED.’ Connect with other young adults (18 and up) interested in exploring the testimony of a former abortion clinic director & her powerful life-changing experience. The movie followed by lively discussion and yummy food.