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.   

          Unplanned (2019) – IMDb

7 Responses to A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW – “UNPLANNED” – 7.0

  1. Just Me April 9, 2019 at 7:21 am #

    Thank you for your honest review of this inspiring movie.
    Unborn babies are the weakest, most vulnerable amongst us even though they are conceived by humans and endowed with human DNA. They are humans who are at the mercy of many things including other humans who want to kill them for a variety of reasons.
    Religious people also have the “motivating factors of logic, compassion, common sense and personal feelings about terminating lives of human beings.” It isn’t just about their belief in God, although that contributes.
    While it’s true that banning all abortions leads to horrible butchery, we shouldn’t use that reasoning to approve even the first trimester killing of unborn babies. If we use that logic, there are a lot of other horrible evils that could be justifiably legalized because making it illegal causes other wickedness.
    Perhaps some innocent lives will be saved because of the movie “Unplanned.” I pray so.

  2. Chris Jones April 9, 2019 at 7:22 am #

    Amanda and I went to see this movie recently. Never have I seen a movie that impacted me more.
    From a practical point of view, I generally sided with you Marshall, which was no abortion after the first trimester except in dire cases of health. After Unplanned, that is no longer my view.
    When you see the 8 week old tiny baby doing everything it can to save it’s own life (moving away from the suction), I had to reassess, and now completely agree with what Georgia is implementing, which is no abortion after the heartbeat is detected. While the 8 week old baby in the womb is not viable outside of it’s mother, it definitely feels pain and has an unmistakable will to live.

    Planned Parenthood is without a doubt one of the most evil organizations that ever came to be, along with the Nazi party, communist party, and Islam. They are in the business of killing babies that are indeed viable, and watching them reassemble a dismembered baby was sickening. The fact our tax dollars subsidize PP, is reprehensible.

    I do believe that every woman who is considering an abortion should see what is inside of her via a sonogram. If a person is making a decision that will affect them for their lifetime, then they should know exactly what they are about to do. Science and medicine has progressed, and to deny what is happening is to deny knowledge. Birth control is readily available and affordable for all. We should be a better people than to used abortion as a form of birth control.

    BTW…very much enjoyed seeing you in Melbourne. Can’t wait for your new book.

  3. charlie April 9, 2019 at 8:20 am #

    Personally I wouldn’t want an abortion. However if my neighbor goes with one that’s nobody’s business but hers.

  4. Donald April 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm #

    I agree with every thing Chris Jones said! Abortions after the heartbeat is detected are reprehensible. By any other name ithey are still murder! Every pregnant woman who wants to have an abortion should have to first watch her baby in the womb.

  5. Anon April 10, 2019 at 6:44 am #

    lots of good folks from our church went to see it but that is like preaching to the choir!!

  6. Helen R. Frigo April 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

    Now, where is “free money” to take care of the babies born with disabilities, or to mothers unable to care for them? Long ago, my mom sent me into the March of Dimes to ask for a new leg brace for my brother who had polio as an infant. She was embarrassed to be always begging. “your brother just got a new brace 3 months ago”, I remember being told.
    He’s 6’5 now, and at age 40-something, FINALLY got a job with a company big enough to offer that kind of “optional” healthcare.
    And as a young nurses aide, I saw a fully formed baby lying alone with a towel over his head. He had been born with his brain outside his skull, and had no chance to live. Yet his mother had carried him to full term. He wasn’t suffering, I was told. But his parents?
    I don’t know if they had advance notice back then. But now they do, though some terrible defects can only be detected later. I’m sure that baby would have struggled to move away from the suction. But was it really better to allow him to be born?

  7. Edward A. Hensley April 30, 2019 at 1:27 am #

    Propaganda? Yes. But I would hardly hold Planned Parenthood up as a
    bright shining example of truth in advertising, or in caring more for the
    well being of their patients, than for their bottom line.

    That said, I agree with all points in your op ed, except I give Unplanned
    an 8 out of 10, as the screenplay drama did step deep into propaganda.

    However, I do not ding the movie for the bloody RU-486 induced abortion
    scene, for Planned Parenthood has pushed RU-486 Medical Abortions
    for years, with very little truth in advertising. Truth is, RU-486 is simply
    a poison that causes a miscarriage of the embryo.

    Flashback to September 1961; I’m a 22 year old sailor, with my wife, 18,
    stationed in San Diego with private quarters ashore. From the bathroom,
    I hear Janice scream, “My Baby, My Baby,” followed by the flush of the
    toilet, before I get to her. She has miscarried, at about 5 weeks.

    I try to tell her it was just cells, not a baby yet. Through sobs she says
    it looked like a baby to her, she couldn’t stand it so she flushed the toilet.

    We pack a towel between her legs and drive to the Emergency Room of
    a near by hospital. Yes folks, early miscarriages are bloody & traumatic,
    whether they be spontaneous or “medically induced.” This is the fact,
    upon which I give “Unproven” an 8 out of 10.

    Now Marshall, from the low number of replies to this good op ed, I guess
    you could have just as well led with, “Preaching to the Pro Life Crowd.”