unPlanned is the story of former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson. It begins with her background of growing up in a small Texas town with two loving and supportive parents. Her journey takes a dramatic turn with college life, her first pregnancy and abortion. Before long, Abby gets drawn into a passionate career with Planned Parenthood in the hopes of helping women. A rising star in the organization, she becomes the director for the abortion facility. In the meantime, family and the workers at Coalition for Life are in continual prayer for Abby. A hard look at abortion procedures brings Abby to the truth of the organization she had dedicated her life to.
There could not have been a more appropriate time to watch this documentary than on Mother’s Day weekend. I sat with my mom and heard Abby’s story for the first time. I was struck by Abby’s strong spirit and desire to make right choices.
Focus on the Family (in association with Tyndale House Publishers and Franklin Films) presented both sides of the story well, staying with facts. I found it ironic that the frivolous lawsuit by Planned Parenthood is what brought Abby’s story to the attention of the mainstream media.
My mom felt inspired by this story in that we should never give up hope, never stop praying for the ones we love. She was also encouraged that Coalition for Life is propagating the pro-life movement with love and compassion, not judgment. This is critical in all witnessing efforts. God is love. And He loves those behind that “iron curtain” as much as He loves anyone.
This is one amazing story, and I highly recommend everyone to sit down with the family and watch it. (Parental discretion advised)
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Abby experienced a life-changing event. I pray God will use it to save lives.
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Note: Tyndale House Publishers provided me a complimentary copy of this DVD to review.