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By Anita Crane, Human Life International, August 13, 2019
The movie “Unplanned” is about how brutal truth helped Abby Johnson to choose beautiful truth and redemption. Ten years ago, Johnson left her job as the director of Planned Parenthood’s facility in Bryan, Texas, where she had passionately sold about 22,000 abortions. Since then, Johnson has exposed the abortion industry as a whole to lawmakers and blown the whistle on medical and legal infractions at her former facility, causing it to go out of business. Today she helps abortion workers leave the deadly trade and find good jobs. Here, Johnson and the filmmakers explain why they made the movie and the Catholic impact on it.
The feature film comes from Johnson’s 2010 book “Unplanned: The dramatic true story of a former Planned Parenthood leader’s eye-opening journey across the life line.” Johnson’s change of mind and heart began as she assisted in an abortion and watched it on a sonogram. “It was clear to me that I wasn’t watching a simple choice. It was very gruesome, the taking of a life,” she said. “I saw the baby’s body being twisted and burned. As I said in the book, the baby was wrung like a dish cloth and its body just kind of crumbled into the tube. It was terrible to watch.”
“Unplanned” takes Johnson’s former job and shows the deadly truth about abortion on today’s world. Despite its forthright and controversial message, the filmmakers gained unforeseen success. Starting on March 29, 2019, the movie showed in U.S. theaters for 19 weeks and earned a profit. According to Box Office Mojo, the production budget was $6 million and the movie grossed almost $19 million. “Unplanned” is now available for purchase on DVD and BluRay. ….