I received the DVD Unplanned to review. This documentary is about Abby Johnson's life as she starts her college years and ends up getting pregnant a couple times from boyfriends and getting them aborted. Her volunteer work during this time is done at Planned Parenthood. Over the years she moves up to become a director of the biggest Planned Parenthood facility in Texas.
Planned Parenthood receives federal money to provide health advice and education to women. A BIG part of their services are providing abortions to women. I didn't know how much until I saw this! There was a Pro-Life group down the street called Coalition For Life. They would join other Christians in front of the Planned Parenthood gates. While some people protested, this group joined together in prayer. Abby knew they were praying for her too.
One day Abby found herself in a room where an abortion was taking place. The baby was squirming and moving as it was being prodded. by the doctor's tool. She couldn't stand it and God did something in side her. She was awakened to what she was helping do. She stepped down from her position and went immediately to see her "friends" at CFL. She had a different calling on her life and helping women find other choices besides abortion was part of it. She went from pro-choice to pro-life. I am so proud of her and the changes she made.
Anyone who thinks Planned Parenthood is anything but an abortion clinic needs to see this. Yes they might disguise their main purpose with health pamphlets and contraceptives, but I don't believe they are in it for women's health. Abortions are dangerous...not sure how killing innocent life helps a woman's health, but if that's what they need to tell themselves to sleep better. I recommend this video to every person pro-anything. This is a great documentary based on a book with the same title. Get someone's perspective who's lived it.
UNPLANNED the DVD interviews ABBY JOHNSON, her family, friends, and co-workers. This was a great discussion builder. After watching this with my family we had a lengthy conversation about what is abortion and how Abby Johnson was deceived. She wanted to help woman like herself who got in trouble and saw no other way out at the time but abortion. She also was going to school to become a counselor to help people. Abby Johnson honestly thought the health care side of Planned Parenthood was helping women and they did up until the point they were pushing abortion and how easy it was to young girls in trouble. They made more money on the abortion side then the birth control side.
This DVD documents her journey in life. Abby was raised in a Christian Family. Went to church Wed. night, Sunday and was a youth leader. She goes off to a big 4 year university and her world starts to change. She wants to fit in and belong to something. She starts to try things she never did before and her life takes turns she never thought it would.
I appreciated Abby Johnson's honesty in expressing how she was deceived and how she believed the lies that Planned Parenthood was telling her. After becoming a director things started to change for her. Planned Parenthood's funding was being threatened and they were forcing her to do things she didn't believe in.
I loved how this DVD captured the peaceful way the protesters treated Abby Johnson as she went to work each day. They would faithfully go to the Clinic and pray. One time they even left flowers in the drive with a note that said they loved her and were praying for her. Abby remembered their kindness and sought out the very people that were paying for her and asked for help, Christian Coalition. She felt that she couldn't do the work she'd been doing one more day. She needed to get out but she also needed a pay check. It was very cool to see in modern times how God provided a way for Abby to get out when there seemed to be no way out. She thought she'd go peacefully in the night but God had other plans. I'm so thankful she told her story! It's one that needed to be told!
Unplanned tells a story the likes of which we dance for joy to hear. Abby Johnson, who grew up in a Christian home in Texas, found herself leaning towards the defense of women who were derided by condemning Christians. Eventually, she found herself regretting her decision, and chose to defend unborn lives instead. With the help of 40 Days For Life and Coalition For Life, she tells her story for us all to hear. It is an amazing encouragement in the arena of pro-choice vs. pro-life.