I went to see Unplanned a couple of weeks ago with our Pro-Life Future chapter. I went in expecting a pro-life movie through and through, and was pretty surprised at how most of it played out. I think it was a graciously fair portrayal of what many of us have perceived as this “good vs. evil” conflict between the pro-life movement and Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates. The movie points out something that is worth acknowledging: most of the clinic workers and most of the pro-life witnesses are just like you and I. Many (not all) people on BOTH sides seek to do what they can to truly and lovingly help people with very personal issues such as facing an unexpected pregnancy. Unfortunately, we know the truth – that abortion takes a human life and can cause so much anguish for those involved.
I actually like how Planned Parenthood is portrayed in this movie and I think it’s worth reflecting on. Just take a look at how they drew a young college-age Abby into their operation. She answered “the call” to stand up for women’s’ rights and began her career as a volunteer. How many people walk into a Planned Parenthood for even less? They DO provide jobs for people as nurses, receptionists, technicians, etc. and these people in some cases are just trying to provide for their families. It’s all innocuous, expect that…There’s a very ugly conspiracy deep in the belly of the beast that is Planned Parenthood.
If you were to do a character study and identify the movie’s villain, only one person comes to mind: the terrifyingly cold (and very well acted, seriously, she scared me!), Cheryl. This character serves as the lens through which everyone should view Planned Parenthood as a corporation. This is how the movie unmasks the abortion giant and reveals Planned Parenthood for what it really is – a smooth operation that seeks to gain business revenue via birth control and abortion. Without spoiling some of the most climactic scenes, I will say that it is in those scenes with Abby and Cheryl where we see the truest and ugliest sides of this demonic presence – and it is hard to fathom that this is what happens in our country.
If it was just ONE conversation at a student involvement fair that kicked off a prolific (rather horrific) career at Planned Parenthood…what would happen if we asked our friends and neighbors to come with us to a 40 Days for Life vigil or other outreach functions? I started my pro-life activism simply because a guy my age talked to me about it at a church thing one day! I came, I saw, I hungered to do more. Sometimes, that’s all it takes! I challenge you ask one person to join you next time. You never know what it will lead to.
Guest Post by Mario Madawela, Treasurer, Lehigh Valley Pro-Life Future