In just a few weeks, the groundbreaking story of Abby Johnson will be in movie theaters. Unplanned is the true story of how one energetic, enthusiastic Planned Parenthood clinic director rose through the ranks before learning the truth about abortion and the forces driving the world’s largest abortion business.
The movie reveals how Johnson believed her job at a Planned Parenthood clinic was one of help and benefit to women in crisis situations. Recognized at one time as a Planned Parenthood “Employee of the Year,” her perception of abortion changed in an instant upon assisting in an ultrasound abortion procedure one day.
After seeing a baby in the womb fight for its life, she realized the truth and vowed to stop abortion.
From that point on she endured lawsuits, threats and ridicule from Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists because they knew that she was going to expose the truth about abortion and the business model they use to push it day in and day out. (A truth that you already know and a truth that Family Policy Alliance® and its allies work to share regularly both nationally and in state capitols.)
Thankfully, and through God’s grace, Johnson persevered and has now told her heartbreaking and courageous story across the nation. Having someone like Abby relate her personal experience has given momentum to legislation in state capitols across the nation that bans abortions at the point by which preborn babies can feel pain. Her work has also strengthened efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Regrettably, Congress has failed to decisively defund Planned Parenthood, which receives over $500 million in federal tax dollars every year. Despite the often-cited claim that abortion is only a fraction of the services they provide, Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen earlier this year inflamed the debate over taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood by proclaiming abortion to be a fundamental human right.
Taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood also persists despite the fact that the United States is becoming more pro-life with recent polling indicating 54% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
Just last month, the Trump Administration finalized the Protect Life Rule, which prohibits distribution of Title X family planning funds to any entity with a facility that provides abortion or refers patients to other sources for abortion services. Representing a step in the right direction, the President and his administration are standing up to the abortion giant (really any abortion provider seeking taxpayer funding).
The Protect Life Rule would stop nearly $60 million of taxpayer funds from flowing to Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, led by the state of California, 21 states have filed a lawsuit to challenge the Protect Life Rule seeking to continue the flow of taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood.
We know the battle to end abortion is fraught with victories large and small, legal successes and setbacks and the constant ebb and flow of state and national politics. But through it all we also know the truth about abortion and why it is important to fight.
We are thankful for the faith and courage of people like Abby Johnson who share their experiences in ways that strengthen the pro-life movement. We are also thankful for leaders like President Trump and Vice President Pence who have advanced unapologetically pro-life stances.
Unplanned promises to be a seminal story of truth, grace, mercy and redemption. We pray it also serves as a productive and convincing vehicle to advance the pro-life cause. Find out when Unplanned is showing near you and go see it!
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33