LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — Much has happened during the past decade in the life of Abby Johnson, the woman whose life story is the subject of the pro-life movie “Unplanned.”
It has been 10 years since she left Planned Parenthood. She celebrated Mother’s Day with her husband and seven children, and she is pregnant with No. 8. Thousands on Times Square and thousands more via a livestream watched a 4D ultrasound of her eighth baby still in the womb during last weekend’s “Alive in New York” pro-life event that was put on through Focus on the Family.
In an interview with Kentucky Today, Johnson called it a “surreal experience. I never thought I would be showing my unborn baby to the world like that. But I’m incredibly grateful to Focus on the Family and all the people that made it happen,” she said.
An estimated 20,000 came to celebrate in the streets of New York City.
“I was honored to be asked to come,” Johnson said. “I never would have dreamed my life would end up like this, that there would be a movie about my time at Planned Parenthood and conversion, that I would be showing the world my eighth child, still in the womb, through a live ultrasound in Times Square. Look at what God has done.”
A movie that was made for $6 million has already grossed more than triple that total despite having mainstream media barriers put up against it. Johnson, who has promoted the film since January, said more important than the money generated has been how it exposed the horrors of abortion.
“Even time at home is spent doing interviews for the film,” she said. “But I get to wake up every morning to dozens of messages saying that people are bringing their pro-choice friends who have changed their minds on abortion, that babies have been saved because of the movie. That’s what I did this for.”
The film has brought more awareness to abortion issues at a time when state legislatures across the country are voting on pro-life issues in hopes that a conservative Supreme Court could strike down the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling.
Johnson told one of the biggest pro-life audiences ever assembled in one place, besides the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., that “one day abortion will become unthinkable in this country.”
“People need to see what happens during an abortion. In Unplanned, it is shown in black and white on an ultrasound screen, exactly as I saw it,” she said. “We have heard from even pro-lifers that they didn’t realize that is how abortions are done. Imagine what pro-choicers feel. Everyone needs to understand that, yes, there is human life in the womb, and that, yes, abortion ends that unrepeatable life. Then I believe abortion will become unthinkable.”
Johnson said Chuck Konzelman and Cary Soloman, the producers and directors of Unplanned, emailed her about wanting to make a movie based on the book she had written by the same name about five years ago.
“I had no idea who they were but my husband Doug looked them up on IMDB and found out they were the directors of ‘God’s Not Dead,'” she said. “They met with Doug and I, getting to know us and our quirks, and explained their vision. They didn’t want to make my story into another cheesy, Christian movie. That was something I could get on board with.”
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Source: Baptist Press