How did one woman go from being the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the United States to one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America?
The brand new movie, Unplanned, is the inspiring true story of Abby Johnson’s journey of transformation. It hits box offices all around the United States later this month, and the team behind the film is hoping that the movie gets people thinking about the issue of abortion.
“Unplanned is the most important movie you’ll ever see on the most controversial issue of our time,” writers and co-producers Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman said. “No matter which side of the fence you’re on, no one will leave this movie unmoved by Abby’s journey.”
The film stars Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott, Jared Lotz, and Emma Elle Roberts.
Leaving the abortion industry
At Planned Parenthood, Abby Johnson was involved in upward of 22,00 abortions. She regularly counseled women on their reproductive choices. She even became a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, supporting legislation for a cause she believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.
Abby left the abortion industry in 2009 and founded And Then There Were None, a ministry to help others leave the abortion industry behind.
“The most important thing to know is that I believe in forgiveness, mercy, and redemption. No one is beyond the amazing power of Christ and His love,” Abby writes about her ministry.
Unplanned is in theaters everywhere on March 29th, and premiered in Los Angeles on Monday night at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
A questionable rating
Leading up to the film release, the MPAA rating board was in hot water over an R rating. The film’s rating is based on “objectionable” scenes involving abortion, although the producers of the film responded and said the film has no profanity, gore, or violence typically related to an R rated movie.
Abby Johnson wrote an open letter to parents about the movie rating.
“Should you take your kids to see this movie? I can’t decide for you, but I will tell you that my twelve-year-old daughter will see it,” she wrote. “I can tell you my friends who have pre-screened the film plan on bringing their 10, 11, and 12-year-olds along with their teenagers to see it, and I hope you will do the same. Our children are of the generation who is being lost to abortion. This is personal for them too.”
What Abby saw changed everything. Pro-life advocates are hoping that the movie will change everything for movie goers, too. Find a theater near you!