I was recently able to watch the movie “Unplanned,” about the former Planned Parenthood clinic manager Abby Johnson and her story.
I recommend seeing the movie. It’s certainly not easy to watch. It was far from a fun experience. But there have only been two movies that have left me sitting in the theatre silent as the credits rolled-this and Lone Survivor.
I thought the movie did a great job of navigating a tough issue, without dehumanizing either side and calling out people and problems on both sides of this issue.
Some may say that the film was too graphic in spots, or that it embellished bits and pieces. It is graphic in spots. I’m sure pieces were embellished. But we live in a world where both sides have too often dug in their heels and mindlessly spewed talking points with glazed eyes. As Flannery O’Connor put it, “to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.”
The movie serves as a sharp reminder that this is a non-trivial discussion with non-trivial consequences that radically affects real human beings. It lays out a pro-life position that is difficult, yet attractive.
Both sides have become comfortable hiding behind convenient euphemisms and raw, honest conversations are necessary to lead us to the truth. The movie presents a convincing case that it is worth discussing and coming to the truth, and doing it sooner rather than later.
Well worth the watch.