This article was originally published on April 6, 2019 on Cinephile's former website.
Warning Spoilers Ahead!
Last night I went to go see the movie Unplanned, a film based on the true story of Abby Johnson a former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned Pro-Life advocate. I knew when I entered the theater that I would not be going to witness this film as a critic, but as a citizen in this modern world, in which the political environment grows as a forefront of social consciousness. And honestly I am always perplexed that the talk of abortion is one that is labeled as political propaganda, here's looking at you Variety Magazine, and not one of common sense; like one plus one equaling two, nothing that grows is non-living.
The film opens up with a gut punch as an abortion played out on screen. I could've vomited from the idea of the baby being ripped apart by suction, but as I cried I realized at even in the smallest form, we people have it in us to fight for survival, as the baby/fetus, whatever you want to call it - it's still living - fought for it's life.
Not only did the film show abortion by suction it also showed Abby's grueling second abortion by taking a chemical pill. Watching the blood, agony, gruesome pain and clumps of baby fall out of her uterus I couldn't help but think "This is the woman's right to choose what happens to her body?!" I am at a loss when it comes to the argument that we don't want to put ourselves through torture of giving birth, but we'd rather almost die and to have life extracted out of us, because we don't want men to tell us what to do?!
I have to put my hat off to the filmmakers, they actually tried to portray Planned Parenthood in the shiny light that they believe themselves to be. There was no outward bashing, but just showing a woman who had her story to tell. With Ashley Bratcher at the helm, she shines a charismatic light in portraying Abby Johnson. Never did I picture Abby as a monster, but one who truly believed she was helping for good and I easily sympathized with her journey.
This film is a great testament in showing that prayer is not always answered immediately, that if you are willing your heart and mind can be changed in an instant, and love does cover a multitude of sin. I encourage everyone who reads this to go watch Unplanned and let your conscious deal with you. Even me, as an already Pro-Lifer, was dealt with in my conscious because I feel like I haven't been praying and seeking God's face on the matter enough to help fight against this shedding of innocent blood.