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"Unplanned" Movie Review

By Andrea G. Schwartz
March 29, 2019

The film, Unplanned, tells the story of Abby Johnson who was a rising star in a Planned Parenthood Affiliate in Texas. As is customary for those who have had one or more abortions, she became involved with Planned Parenthood first as a volunteer. Over time, she was recognized as a go-getter who was passionate about a woman’s right to abortion as healthcare and became a paid employee. She eventually became the youngest ever director of a Planned Parenthood Affiliate. Because of a series of events and encounters, her heart was softened and she became convicted of the treachery of abortion. 

This film depicts the actual procedures performed, along with visual detail of the aftermath of both surgical and chemical abortions.  Interestingly, the film earned an “R” rating because of bloody, disturbing scenes, scenes that would be difficult to deny since millions of women have experienced the situations depicted. It also highlights the attitudes of those who work and profit from the abortion industry, and how those involved justify their actions in terms of a “greater good” mentality. 

My hope for those who view the movie and have buried the sin of taking the life of their unborn child[ren], is that after they see the ultrasound guided abortion, and the realities of chemical abortion (RU-486), they will seek the Lord’s forgiveness and repent rather than reassert their right to choose. However, they should not stop there. I have always maintained that those, like Abby Johnson, will be among the best voices to explain the horrors of abortion and the need to make abortion, not only illegal, but unthinkable. Many who have come to this realization now serve as staff and volunteers at the many pregnancy resource centers around the country. 

Will this film change minds? Only if it is watched. Invite a “pro-choice” friend to come and watch it with you. It will be a good conversation starter and possibly open the door to fruitful interaction. You may just find the opportunity to share the gospel of forgiveness with someone amazingly ready and willing to hear its message.


Topics: Biography, Church, The, Culture , Education, Family & Marriage, Justice, Medicine / Healthcare, Science, Theology

Andrea G. Schwartz

Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven FamilyThe Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your HouseholdEmpowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom ServiceWoman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected]

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