I was recently given the opportunity to review Unplanned by Franklin Springs Media.
It took a while for me to find a time to watch it without the kids around… A must, since this story of former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson does indeed have some sad and disturbing content. How could it not?
There is nothing tasteless, and no graphic images… But she worked for eight years for the foremost provider of abortions in the United States, before becoming convicted of the error of her ways.
In many ways, the saddest part of the story is the fact that she was a well-intentioned Christian girl, who started out wanting to volunteer to counsel and help women in distress – and who perceived that these women needed protection from the abusive, heckling, ugly-spirited anti=abortion protesters who give the pro-life movement a bad name. From there she was on the path of Eve, led astray and blinded by the lies of the enemy.
The folks down the street from her clinic at the Coalition for Life give a moving and powerful testimony. They stand and pray outside the clinic, and offer information and encouragement to women going into the clinic – and clinic staff – when they can.
Over time a couple of the ladies developed a relationship of sorts with Abby. They prayed for her by name, daily, and let her know that they were doing so. Once they even brought her flowers, with a loving note that proved to be a catalyst for her down the road.
Eventually, the Lord turned Abby’s heart back to Him, and is using her story and experiences for His glory, helping to share the message of life.
As the story unfolds with the early years of Abby’s life, the DVD gets off to a bit of a slow start. But the drama is heart-wrenching as it progresses, and the message is beautiful in its fulfillment.
I would recommend buying a copy, watching it with your spouse or a girlfriend (and a box of tissues), then passing it along to an uncommitted or “pro-choice” woman you know.
Abby’s story is an amazing tool for reaching across that fence…
The DVD is based on the book of the same name about Abby’s story (available on Amazon and everywhere), and is available directly from Franklin Springs.
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