Unplanned

The film Unplanned tells the story of Abby Johnson, erstwhile director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, TX. It is based on her book of the same title. Ms. Johnson first joined Planned Parenthood as a volunteer when she was a student at Texas A&M in nearby College Station, TX. She eventually rose to become the director of the Bryan clinic. Her growing unease with Planned Parenthood’s policies and procedures culminates with her participation in an abortion with the aid of sonography. Visualization of the process finally pushes her over the edge and she quits, becoming an anti-abortion activist. She has previously told her story in speeches.

As expected this film as been controversial, leading Google to label the film as propaganda. The film is certainly polemical. Any film with a point of view could arguably be labeled as propaganda but that would mean almost everything coming out of Hollywood is propaganda. By applying the word this way it loses all meaning. Unplanned is reasonably balanced. People on both sides of the issue are generally portrayed as being well-intentioned rather than good or evil. The main exception is Ms. Johnson’s superior at Planned Parenthood, who is the film’s villain. Some of the anti-abortion activists are also depicted as being less than well-behaved.

I found the film both moving and disturbing. Though not especially squeamish, I had to look away on a couple of occasions. One cannot come away from viewing it without being affected. There have been complaints that the film is rated R but the rating is not unreasonable given the nature of the material. It would be inadvisable to take a child to see it. The film has a fair amount of reference to religious faith. From the point of view of a non-believer, this is not central to the film’s message; the film stands on its facts and arguments, along with some tugging at the heart-strings.

Highly recommended.

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Author: drlorentz

photon whisperer & quantum mechanic

7 thoughts on “Unplanned”

  1. What I would be for is “Pro-informed Choice”. People are not told enough of the downsides. Abortion is a medical procedure that can have many complications medically and emotionally. People are not told. I think  seeing what actually happens changed Abby Johnson’s life and would change others.

    I was thinking yesterday that I don’t like the term “abortion”. I was wondering if “partial suicide” might not be better. A child/fetus is part of the mother. There is truth that the baby is part emotionally, physically, and spiritually of the mother. When a child dies a piece of the mother dies. There is grieving and often a wound that never heals.

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  2. Percival:
    The tag marking Unplanned as propaganda is itself propaganda.

    Google delenda est.

    More often than not a person outs themselves by accusing others.

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  3. 10 Cents:
    What I would be for is “Pro-informed Choice”. People are not told enough of the downsides. Abortion is a medical procedure that can have many complications medically and emotionally. People are not told. I think  seeing what actually happens changed Abby Johnson’s life and would change others.

    I was thinking yesterday that I don’t like the term “abortion”. I was wondering if “partial suicide” might not be better. A child/fetus is part of the mother. There is truth that the baby is part emotionally, physically, and spiritually of the mother. When a child dies a piece of the mother dies. There is grieving and often a wound that never heals.

    The film is dangerous because it presents the downsides. That’s is why the Left is so eager to suppress it. It’s well made and persuasive.

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  4. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    What I would be for is “Pro-informed Choice”. People are not told enough of the downsides. Abortion is a medical procedure that can have many complications medically and emotionally. People are not told. I think  seeing what actually happens changed Abby Johnson’s life and would change others.

    I was thinking yesterday that I don’t like the term “abortion”. I was wondering if “partial suicide” might not be better. A child/fetus is part of the mother. There is truth that the baby is part emotionally, physically, and spiritually of the mother. When a child dies a piece of the mother dies. There is grieving and often a wound that never heals.

    The film is dangerous because it presents the downsides. That’s is why the Left is so eager to suppress it. It’s well made and persuasive.

    “Hate Facts” again, DocLor?

    I find it ironic that the Pro-Choice crowd would be the first to be against showing an abortion on TV. From their point of view what is the problem. It is not as if that “lump” is important.

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