• Thomas Bonifield

"Unplanned" Opens in Europe

The pro-life Christian film will debut this week in Ireland where it has already prevented the death of one unborn baby.

Lead actress Ashley Bratcher (left) in a scene from "Unplanned."

Months after its successful American theatrical release ended, Unplanned is finally hitting the big screen in Europe. The faith-based picture will open in theaters this Friday in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.


Unplanned, based on a memoir by the same name, tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a former abortion clinic director who is now an outspoken right-to-life advocate. The movie is from the Christian writer/director team of Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the duo behind the God's not Dead franchise. Konzelman hopes the film will have a dramatic impact on the island nation.

"Unplanned could bring a historic transformation where the Irish people from the north to the south become victorious in defending the dignity and value of every human person."

It has already helped rescue at least one baby in that country from death at the hands of an abortionist, according to Gianna Care, an Irish non-profit that supports women facing unplanned pregnancies. Jacinta McGorian, a spokeswoman for the organization, credits a preview showing of the movie for saving the unborn child's life.

"I just have to say that one of us brought a guest to one of the special (influencer) screenings; (we) didn't know she was expecting...mammy decided to keep her baby after that event. We didn't even know she was thinking of abortion!"

Wow, praise God for the impact of this movie and Abby Johnson's story, which is powerfully told by cast and crew. Christian actresses Ashley Bratcher, who plays Johnson, and Robia Scott, in the role of her boss at the abortion company, deliver particularly strong performances. Our hope and prayer is that more innocent lives will be saved in Ireland when the movie rolls out later this week.

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