Unplanned Review: Truth Triumphs Despite Suppression

You have to know that the message of a movie cuts to heart of our secular humanist and feminist society when no major network except Fox News would show commercials for it.  The producers of the movie “Unplanned” were told their money was no good at these other networks due to the “controversial nature” of their film.

So, what is so controversial about this film? Well it tells the life story of Abby Johnson, a pro-choice woman who rose up quickly in the ranks of Planned Parenthood to become one it’s youngest clinic directors ever.  She even won the Planned Parent Employee of the Year Award.  While she had two abortions herself, she had never seen the procedure from a spectator’s viewing point, and certainly not from the view point of an ultra-sound.

But after assisting with an abortion and witnessing the baby being torn apart on an ultra-sound as it struggled for its life her views completely changed.   She immediately resigned from Planned Parenthood and walked down to one of the groups that had protested outside her clinic for years, the Coalition for Life, to tell her story.

Her defection from Planned Parenthood was a gut punch to the organization.  She has since helped hundreds of abortion workers to leave the abortion industry and the clinic she once directed shut down in 2013.

Not only did major networks refuse to accept advertising dollars for the film, even the MPAA (The Motion Picture Association of America) attempted to limit the exposure of teenage girls to film by giving it an R rating meaning that those girls under 17 cannot see it without a parent.

The executive produce of the Unplanned, Ken Rather, made the following statement according to HollywoodReporter.com:

“A 15-year old girl can get an abortion without her parent’s permission, but she can’t see this movie without adult supervision? That’s sad”

Even after appealing the R rating, the MPAA would not budge unless the abortion scenes were removed from the film although it had no sex, no violence.   Yes, this film did have one scene of explicit violence.  It showed a baby on an ultrasound being violently pulled apart by a doctor using a suctioning tool.  And it had a scene showing Abby bleeding and clotting after taking an abortion inducing drug and another girl bleeding from a botched abortion.  So yes, this movie did show several implied murders of unborn children through abortion although it only showed one in explicit detail with the ultra-sound.

But now let’s contrast Unplanned with another one of my favorite movies – “Taken” which came out in 2008. Taken tells the story of former government operative, Bryan Mills played by Liam Neeson, who has retired to spend more time with his daughter from his previous marriage.  His daughter goes to Paris and is kidnapped by a human trafficking ring.   Bryan uses his “very particular set of skills” to find and rescue his daughter while at the same time racking up a body count by killing 32 members of these human trafficking groups until finally rescuing his daughter at the end of the movie.

I loved Taken for its sense of primal, Old Testament, Avenger of blood justice.  But how does a movie as violent as Taken with sex trafficking and a lot of brutal killing get a PG 13 rating yet a movie about abortion which shows one explicit murder of a baby on an ultra-sound gets an R rating?

The answer is obvious that it was given this rating as part of a larger effort to limit the message of this film getting out as much as possible.

Unplanned Beat Expectations at the Box Office

Unplanned cost 6 million to make and was only expected to make 2 to 3 million its opening weekend but doubled expectations in bringing in over 6 million dollars despite only being shown in a little over 1000 theaters.  To put that in perspective, Dumbo, which cost Disney over 170 million to produce, had ads on every major channel for weeks, and showed on over 4000 theaters and it grossed around 45 million well under expectations.

Just imagine how well Unplanned would have done if it had the advertising Dumbo had and the amount of theaters Dumbo had and it had it a PG 13 rating as it should have had? The numbers would most likely have been far greater.

My Own Experience with the “Unplanned” Movie

My 17-year-old daughter is a huge pro-life advocate and designs her own shirts for pro-life and talks to girls at her school about it all the time.   She was trying to take one of her friends to see it and at the last minute when her friend’s mother found out what movie we were going to see she would not let her go because her mother was pro-choice.

I found it to be well produced and well-acted despite all the critics in the media saying it was just a “propaganda” film.

In UnPlanned we saw the greatest tool God ever gave us in the fight against evil shown when a Pastor quoted the following passage from pulpit:

“13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Psalm 139:13-14 (KJV)

The Word of God is clear – human life begins at conception.  Period.

But Unplanned also uses another tool.   It uses the human heart.  I often rail against our society’s mantra of “listen to your heart”.  And I do so based on upon the explicit teaching of the Word of God:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)

But Christ also made the following statement in the Gospel of Matthew:

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

Matthew 22:37 (KJV)

So, we are told that our hearts can deceive us, yet we are also told to love God with all our heart.  What then does this mean and how does this apply to the movie Unplanned?  The following Scripture ties all this together:

“Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”

Psalm 86:11 (KJV)

We should all seek to learn how God feels about our every action and our feelings should reflect his.  Our hearts should be after his heart as King David’s was.  Our greatest empathy as believers should be toward God, to understand how he feels and why he feels as he does and to unite our hearts and our feelings with his.

And with our hearts united with God we as Christians should feel sorrow for millions of innocent lives snuffed out by abortion and at the same time feel a righteous anger and resolve to end abortion in our nation.

Over 60 million innocent babies have been murdered since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision made abortion legal.

We need to fight abortion by protesting it as we saw in this film but also in how we vote. We must continue to fight against this in State legislatures to make abortion as difficult to get as possible and ultimately, we need to pray that our Supreme Court can revisit this decision one day and overturn it.

I highly encourage all Christians to bring their friends to see the movie Unplanned.  This truly film could truly be used of God to change many lives.  Click here to go to their site to find movie times and tickets.

And to learn the true roots of Antinatalism in America, including abortion, see my article “The Root Cause of Antinatalism in America”.

16 thoughts on “Unplanned Review: Truth Triumphs Despite Suppression

  1. It is amazing to me the things that feminism has been able to get people to believe in, follow, and accept. i’m sure they don’t want people to see the horrors of murder that is abortion, that is part of their plan. A goal of feminism is to remove any connection between women and the constraints that their vessel places upon them by God’s design. They don’t have to have children; they can just murder them. They don’t have to feed children; there is government paid for formula for that. They don’t need to be connected to children in any way, see! They are just like men! They can have sex like men without the consequences of children. They don’t need to worry about getting married to ensure they have someone to take care of them and their children. It is one huge lie and if you look at what society is turning out for children these days, you can see the fruits of it. Murder is no longer murder, now it is a choice some call pro…
    And yes, as many people refuse to believe there is evil in the world, it is amazing how everything aligns against something when it can do good. You have the evil behind it; and then you have the fools without wisdom who sign on to the evil.

  2. Hello,
    This is Jordan. I commented on one of your posts a while back and I honestly didn’t think I would ever comment again, however, this post has intrigued me. If you don’t mind I would like to ask you some questions and I would appreciate it if you would reply.
    1. You say life begins at conception does this mean you are against the plan b pill?
    2. Did you know that 13 week old fetuses lack the neuroanatomical anatomy to feel pain or be aware of there surroundings? The movie shows the 13 week old fetus as though it is in agony I promise you that it wouldn’t be.
    3. Are you against promising stem cell research being done on embryos because you think it’s murder?

    I’m not trying to be disrespectful in anyway I am just really curious. Thank you for posting my comment if I make it through.

  3. Jordan,

    Here are my answers to your questions:

    “1. You say life begins at conception does this mean you are against the plan b pill?”

    Yes I oppose the plan B pill because it can still cause abortions as described below:

    “If preventing ovulation were the only effect of Plan B, it could not be considered an abortifacient (abortion-producing), but this is not the case. Plan B has a secondary mechanism that can also interfere with the movement of the egg through the oviduct (fallopian tube), and thus could keep an already fertilized egg from reaching the uterus. Furthermore, Plan B can alter the lining of the uterus in a way that prevents the implantation of the developing embryo. Since a new human life begins at conception (fertilization), both of these mechanisms would amount to an abortion.


    2. Did you know that 13 week old fetuses lack the neuroanatomical anatomy to feel pain or be aware of there surroundings? The movie shows the 13 week old fetus as though it is in agony I promise you that it wouldn’t be.

    Actually there is debate about whether a 13 fetus can feel pain. And no “scientific consensus” is not part of the scientific method. Many scientists due to political reasons will try and deny that a fetus of this age feels pain. Here is the problem – why do they consistently move away from needles and other tools put into the womb? These are not just reflect actions. See this link about a film done back in the 70’s showing a fetus showing signs of pain during an abortion:


    3. Are you against promising stem cell research being done on embryos because you think it’s murder?

    Yes I am against embryonic stem cell research because it is in fact murder as all abortions are. Would we take think it was moral to take 5 week old baby and tear it apart for spare parts for science research? No. It is no different for a fetus – is it still a human being just at a different stage of development.

    And actually they are doing a lot of great research with adult stem cells and we can get stem cells from cord blood without destroying a human life to get it.

  4. Bgr,
    Thank you for your response, I don’t have the time currently to reply to all of your points but I do have the time to adress the one about the plan b pill.
    Yes I am aware that the pill can kill a zygote, but I am puzzled why anyone should be bothered by that. To me a zygote is so far removed from what a baby or even a fetus is that it is not even worth discussing. And did you know that 50 percent of those fertilized eggs are flushed out of a woman’s body during her next period?
    If pro-lifers are so concerned about those zygotes then why isn’t there medical research being done to prevent that from happening?

  5. Well of course you don’t understand it, that could not be more clear, you must be a zygote that breached the gap. You obviously have a voice in this matter, but don’t think or care about all those innocents babies who have been eliminated by this process. What ever happened to responsible sex, do you all think that unprotected sex is ok? And that murdering the most innocent and vulnerable human babies is ok?

  6. And did you know that 50 percent of those fertilized eggs are flushed out of a woman’s body during her next period?

    And did you know that 100% of people will die? It is still evil to murder them.

  7. The Lies are many at a P.P. “clinic” This is a Great movie to get the TRUTH out to the deceived public!
    I want to volunteer more time with 40 Days For Life in one of their prayer meetings at an abortuary, and PRAY TO END ALL ABORTION!!!

    Thanks, B.G.R…….

  8. Jordan,

    Below is an excellent description of a Zygote and why it is just as much an individual human being as an embryo:

    This new single-cell human being immediately produces specifically human proteins and enzymes11 (not carrot or frog enzymes and proteins), and genetically directs his/her own growth and development. (In fact, this genetic growth and development has been proven not to be directed by the mother.)12 Finally, this new human being the single-cell human zygote is biologically an individual, a living organism an individual member of the human species. Quoting Larsen:

    “… [W]e begin our description of the developing human with the formation and differentiation of the male and female sex cells or gametes, which will unite at fertilization to initiate the embryonic development of a new individual.”13 (Emphasis added.)

    In sum, a mature human sperm and a mature human oocyte are products of gametogenesis each has only 23 chromosomes. They each have only half of the required number of chromosomes for a human being. They cannot singly develop further into human beings. They produce only “gamete” proteins and enzymes. They do not direct their own growth and development. And they are not individuals, i.e., members of the human species. They are only parts each one a part of a human being. On the other hand, a human being is the immediate product of fertilization. As such he/she is a single-cell embryonic zygote, an organism with 46 chromosomes, the number required of a member of the human species. This human being immediately produces specifically human proteins and enzymes, directs his/her own further growth and development as human, and is a new, genetically unique, newly existing, live human individual.

    After fertilization the single-cell human embryo does’nt become another kind of thing. It simply divides and grows bigger and bigger, developing through several stages as an embryo over an 8-week period. Several of these developmental stages of the growing embryo are given special names, e.g., a morula (about 4 days), a blastocyst (5-7 days), a bilaminar (two layer) embryo (during the second week), and a trilaminar (3-layer) embryo (during the third week).”


    As to your statement:

    “And did you know that 50 percent of those fertilized eggs are flushed out of a woman’s body during her next period?
    If pro-lifers are so concerned about those zygotes then why isn’t there medical research being done to prevent that from happening?”

    What you are describing is the natural process God designed. Not man. It is not different than when a woman has miscarriage – it is God’s will.

    But that is a VERY DIFFERENT thing than a woman placing a drug in her body to purposefully cause the human being in the zygote stage of development living in her body to die or fail to develop.

  9. Dee,
    No I don’t think unprotected sex is o.k believe you me I am very pro birth control and I think that if you really care about ending abortion that’s a good place to start.
    But really what made you think that I think that unprotective sex is o.k? There was no indication of that in my comment.

  10. Bgr,
    Yes I know the zygote has it’s own dna. That doesn’t make a difference in my argument.
    Let me explain, let’s say you think that it is morally wrong to cut down maple trees. (Just bear with me here) would you get angry because somebody disposed of a maple seed?
    It is seed not a tree. It can one day become a tree, but it is not yet a tree.
    As for the second part of my argument about the 50% argument. My point was that 50% of human beings in your view not mine) are being snuffed out. So again why no medical research?

  11. I will adress the other parts of my argument which I have not yet adressed. (Fetal pain stem cell research) later tonight when I get off work
    Or next morning.

  12. Jordan,

    That the zygote has its own human DNA and is in fact not just a part of a human(like a finger) but is in fact an entire human and early stage of development makes ALL the difference in the world. It is a human being period.

    And your comparison of zygotes to maple seeds is a false comparison. One is a human being with a soul and the other is not.

    And yes heaven will be filled with billion of souls that never got to experiance life outside the womb. And it will also be filled with many souls of children who while born did not live long. Before modern medicine infant mortality rates were very high and many of these did not live long in this world.

    The world has been corrupted by sin. That is why from the moment we are conceived we are literally dying. Our bodies are corrupted and so are women’s reproductive systems. Some of us die in the womb and others live to be 100. This is God’s decision – not ours.

    We as human beings do NOT get to play god. There is only one God and he has the say over when and how we die.

  13. Jordan,

    Don’t waste your time or ours with your Fetal pain stem cell research. We can line up research that shows the Fetus does experience pain at 13 weeks and you will line up researchers who say it does not. Even if you could prove beyond any shadow of doubt that a Fetus does not feel pain it is still wrong for us to take their life. That is God’s decision how far they make it in this world, not ours. Would it be ok to murder a person who is in a coma and cannot feel any pain? Of course it would. So your “they can’t feel pain so it is ok to murder them argument” still falls apart.

  14. Jordan,

    In regard to your statement:

    “No I don’t think unprotected sex is o.k believe you me I am very pro birth control and I think that if you really care about ending abortion that’s a good place to start.”

    While I am not against birth control that does not cause abortion of any kind, the real answer to ending abortion is NOT for people to use more birth control.
    I don’t believe we will ever be able to 100% end abortion any more than we can end any other type of murder or sin. Only God can rid this world of sin. But there are some things we could to do sharply stem the tide of abortion to where it rarely happens.

    The first thing we should do is outlaw abortion just like we do all other kinds of murder. Punish both the abortion doctors and the women who seek the abortions.

    But then we must also look to a primary source of abortions which comes from women having sex with men outside of marriage. We must bring back fornication laws our society once had. Prostitution and sex outside of marriage would crimes that one could go to prison for.

    But there are other reasons abortions occur. Some married women have abortions because of career ambitions and having a child would impact that. This is why married women(as opposed to divorced women or widows) should be forbidden from working outside the home for the most part.

    Also on the subject economic concerns, poor men who cannot support a family and would therefore could put pressure on women to abort their children should not be allowed to be married.

    Polygamy should be legalized as it once was thus allowing men of economic means to take on more wives to make up for the poor men who cannot afford to take care of a wife and child.

    This is the way the world once operated and it operated far better this way than it does now and these types of changes would drastically reduce abortions and even children being raised in poverty.

    On last note on poor men marrying, there is a HUGE difference between a man who marries with the means to support a family and then he looses that means(perhaps by loosing his job or loosing his health) and a man who purposefully marries knowing he has no way to support a wife and children.

  15. My wife and I drove 200 miles round trip to be able to see this movie and were moved to tears so many times. It is such a tragedy that we were the only two people in the theater. People hide like cockroaches when the light is being focused on their iniquity. May God have mercy on us all as such wretched sinners, and may we somehow find true repentance for our rebellion.

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