From Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writers and co-producers of “God’s Not Dead,” comes an incredible film that speaks to one of the most polarizing topics of our day — abortion.
The film, Unplanned, brings us an eye-opening look inside the abortion industry from a woman who was once its most passionate advocate. After reading Abby Johnson’s best-selling book of the same title, Solomon and Konzelman were moved to bring this inspiring true story to the big screen, giving voice to a woman who has been on both sides of the abortion conversation.
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who left her job after assisting in the abortion of a 13-week-old fetus, serves as CEO of the pro-life ministry “And Then There Were None.” In 2012 she left the Episcopalian faith to become a Catholic because her public pro-life stance was welcomed there. She has since worked as a pro-life activist and author.
“Unplanned cuts past the rhetoric and the politics to tell the story about an insider who saw the truth and how it changed her life,” Tony Sands, Right to Life League.
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.
Last spring, comedian John Oliver aired a 21-minute exposé about pregnancy help centers on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight.”
When Oliver wanted to put a face to the “anti-abortion movement,” as the show termed it, his producers did not look far. They pulled quotes from a speech delivered by Abby Johnson, a best-selling author who often speaks at events to benefit pregnancy centers. The show’s take-down of nonprofit, volunteer-based centers never mentioned her recent career history.
“I really wasn’t bothered by it,” said Johnson in a recent interview. “But I did respond to a lot of nasty emails. With some of them, we actually had real dialogue. One lady really came at me — all the ugly names you can call somebody. I responded by talking about my experience.”
Since 2001, she’s gone from an idealistic college student, to a motivated medical professional, to an abortion industry whistle-blower.
The film, “Unplanned,” will premier in theaters on March 29, 2019.
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