UN PLANNED: Rating: 7 out of 10
In a word: Propaganda
This movie is designed to sway points of view against abortion. Pro-life folks will flock to it. Hard core pro-choice folks will not likely bother to see it.
First a caveat: My personal views of the abortion debate are along the lines of pro-life, though I do believe early term (first trimester) abortions should remain legal, for the reasons stated at the end of this review. (*) Beyond that, abortions should be banned in the remaining six month period, unless it is shown that the mother’s health is in dire straits or faces a risk to her own life. My opinion.
That being said, I have no major objection to the storyline, which tells us about a bright young woman, Abby Johnson, who is pro-abortion and becomes a youngest-ever director of a Planned Parenthood operation in Texas. She is met with hostile crowds and demonstrations from outside the premises on a daily basis, but still manages to perform her job until, one day she witnesses an abortion with her own eyes. That was the game changer. Watching a well-formed fetus on video equipment struggling with extraction, added a whole new dimension for the woman who went through an emotional struggle following that fateful event.
Hollywood has every right to put out whatever movies they want. The mistake made by this director, is the exclusive overdose of religion into the argument, referring to biblical passages, clergy counseling, praying, etc. as though references to God were the only factor in forming such an opinion. That’s fine, however there are millions of pro-life folks who do not necessarily refer to God as the motivating factor to ban abortions, rather, they refer to logic, compassion, common sense and personal feelings about terminating lives of human beings. Yes, many are guided by religion also.
This is based on a true story of main character, Abby Johnson, played very well by actress Ashley Bratcher. Interesting to note, actor and physician Anthony Levatino is actually a former abortion doctor, since converted, who plays the abortionists role in the movie.
It’s a good movie. People who are still undecided about their views would do well to see the picture.
*Some may ask why I side with the pro-choice advocates for legal abortions in the first trimester. The answer is one which I know about from personal experience. I worked in Dade County Homicide in the 1960s and 1970s, when abortions were totally illegal. We had a squad devoted to abortion cases only. Criminalizing abortions totally, without exceptions, sows the seed for the black market to rise. Criminalization will not end first trimester abortions, it will simply revert back to procedures performed by butchers and other unqualified people, taxing the justice system, filling jails, and putting young women at risk.
The movie has a couple of gory scenes, but they fit the story line.
I give this a 7 out of 10.