This weekend Unplanned officially opens in theaters across the country Right to Life sponsored an advanced screening of the movie earlier this week, and I can tell you that the movie is both difficult to watch, and highly motivating.
It’s reminder to all of us in the pro-life movement to go back to the basic premise of why we do what we do. It’s very simple we want to save lives.
Unplanned gives an unvarnished view of the destruction wrought by abortion on the babies, on the mom’s and it highlights the toll on the clinic workers and abortionists. It’s a grim reminder of what is meant by a culture of death.
But it is also a reminder of why we do what we do. With compassion, love and forgiveness we can triumph over the death.
It’s not easy being active in the pro-life movement. Whether it’s the feeling of dread when a conversation takes an unexpected turn to abortion, or pro-lifers or politics, or whether it’s the thousand little sacrifices involved in getting out of bed, going to Planned Parenthood on a cold rainy day and taking patron 40 Days for Life, or sidewalk counseling standing for life means making sacrifices for the sake of others. We do what we do to convert the culture one heart at a time.
Unplanned is a dramatic account of a BIG conversion, but it highlights the importance of the little things — a loving, friendly smile through a fence, a gut-wrenching impromptu prayer service for the children destroyed through abortion, a hard-truth spoken in firm love. All of these added up to eventually break Abby Johnson’s heart and then re-build it.
We can all save lives, in big ways and small ways. We never know when our smiles, our supportive encouragement and our witness to the humanity of our littlest brothers and sisters will break through. But we can know that the pro-life movement is breaking through in a big way. Unplanned is a fantastic testament to that.
If you haven’t had a chance to see it, make time this weekend. You won’t regret it.