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”.