Now. This week. Push back against the great silencing of our time.

If a pro-life movie was refused soundtrack licensing by almost every major record label…
…if it was refused paid advertising spots on every mainstream television outlet (save Fox News)…
…if the MPAA slapped it with an R-rating for portraying a 2-D gray-scale abortion on the screen of a sonogram machine and the bleeding in the bathroom from the abortion pill…
…if it faithfully represented the first-hand experience of a former Planned Parenthood executive who is now Pro-Life…
…if it was attacked by Planned Parenthood saying, “The claims in this film are simply false” (“These are not the droids you’re looking for”)…
…then I would make every effort to see it while it’s in theaters. Buy a ticket to support it even if you couldn’t attend.

The movie is Unplanned, and it opens in 700 more theaters today.

Please try to see it. Let’s defy the censorship trying to crush a project that simply tries to tell the truth about abortion and the pain wrought on 60 million unborn children and countless mothers since Roe v Wade. Have you ever seen a movie or a TV show that comes anywhere near portraying the medical or emotional reality of the actual abortion experience? The forces of suppression have been extraordinarily successful.

I have seen one such movie: Gosnell. It was very tastefully done. No actual scenes of the bloddy business of abortion. And I left the theater feeling like it was a good thing to bear witness to the great and silent destruction of our times. Just as it has been good to bear witness to movies about the Holocaust.

Or perhaps I should say “silenced destruction.” In today’s culture, you can give an Academy Award to a pro-choice film (Cider House Rules), but even with all the TV medical shows filmed in hospital settings, you cannot put a pro-life story about abortion out there without the forces of the sexual revolution trying to bury it in any way possible.

For those of you concerned about the R rating, Abby Johnson, the actual former Planned Parenthood executive on whose life the film is based, explains:

The movie does not have profanity. The Lord’s name is not taken in vain or disrespected. There is no nudity, no immodesty, and certainly no sex or “suggestive” moments. None.

So why the R rating? For two scenes. Two scenes that the movie team was determined to re-create accurately, at my insistence, because they are important for people to see. The first is a CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) recreation of what I saw on the ultrasound screen when I assisted in the abortion procedure that convinced me of the humanity of the unborn. You will see what I saw: a baby on an ultrasound screen in black and white 2D. You will see the abortion instrument, which looks like a big straw in real life and like a dark line on the ultrasound, introduced onto the screen. You will see the baby struggle against it. You will see the baby first slowly, then quickly disappear into the instrument as it does what it is designed to do.

It is important for you to know that this was a CGI recreation and NOT footage from a real abortion. But it sure looks like what I saw. I think this scene is so important for teenagers and older children to see because it tells the truth about what our culture keeps trying to insist is a “right” and a “freedom.” No one will be able to see this scene and then say they “don’t know” the truth about abortion.
The second scene that was cited as a reason for the R rating is a scene that re-creates my awful experience with the abortion pill. Ashley, the actress who plays me, did a fantastic job capturing both my physical pain and my fear. I won’t lie to you; that scene shows some blood. In real life I hemorrhaged so badly I thought I was going to die. The movie captures that without being gratuitous or gory. I think the producers walked that line well.

The rest of the film is not as intense as those two scenes. It will make you laugh, make you cringe, gasp, cry and cheer — all the things a good movie should. The difference with “Unplanned” is that it has the potential to change and save lives in the process.
Our children are of the generation who is being lost to abortion. This is personal for them too. They are likely to hear and see more graphic content in most school health classes! I guess what I’m trying to say is, this movie is authentic. Yes, it’s a movie about abortion, but even more so, it’s a movie about the truth of forgiveness, repentance, and redemption, because that is what the story of my life, is really about.

If you do get out to see it, please comment below on your response for the benefit of others.
See you at the movies,


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10 thoughts on “Now. This week. Push back against the great silencing of our time.

  1. I got to see a preview showing last night. It was sold out.

    This is no “B” movie. Please go see it.

    I predict this is the movie that will begin to shut down Planned Parenthood (a billion corporation company that strangely gets tax-payer funding).

    This is a company that says they exist to help women, but that is a lie. They make the bulk of their money from killing babies. The more abortions they do, the wealthier and more powerful they become.

    This movie pulls back the curtains and shows you what really happens in Planned Parenthood’s clinics.

    During the movie you could hear people crying. You could hear people gasp and see people hide their eyes.

    There were moments of horror—I won’t deny that. If you’re wondering if you should take your teens, you should.

    What happened at the end was a first for me: Moviegoers stayed to pray. (We finally had to leave when the cleaning people came in.)

    Every bit of this movie is true. And I believe God is going to use it to do something mighty across this land. It was made for such a time as this.

    Also, here’s a tip: Before it starts, introduce yourself to the people beside you, because there’s a good chance you’re going to be crying and praying together at the end.

    If you have experienced abortion you will find redemption and healing.

    • Thank you, Lucille, for this report. So encouraging. The producers could never have known when they began filming that right at the release time pro-lifers would be lifting our voices against abortion turned infanticide. Amazing timing.

      • Lael,
        The producers began production on this about 5 years ago and twice they sensed the Lord saying “Stop”, so they did. Two years ago they got a “green light” to go and you are right, amazing timing. God is never early or late. I believe this movie will begin to change our culture of abortion.

  2. My husband and I saw it tonight in Bryan, Texas. The showings were virtually sold out in College Station (single seats left) this evening so we ended up in Bryan where it was close to a sellout. It’s a very powerful movie and a very honest movie, a movie that shows the reality of abortion and the reality of God’s forgiveness.

  3. I’m praying that God causes so many to see it this weekend for the spirituality of our culture. We need people to rise up and speak out about the murders of innocent babies. There needs to be a massive movement in prayer for this movie and our nation. We should be thanking our heavenly Father for placing President Trump in his office. We are blessed with someone who truly cares for our national health and well being!

    • I deeply appreciate any and all voices being raised on behalf of the least of these who are perishing. I was able to see the film today. Shows so much that needs to be shown. Yes, we need to be praying that the theaters fill up.