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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

"Unplanned" to Play Outside Abortion Clinic

A public showing in our nation's capital gets the okay for Good Friday.

Ashley Bratcher, foreground, in a scene from "Unplanned."

City officials in Washington, DC approved a showing of Unplanned on the sidewalk in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. Requested and sponsored by a right-to-life group called the Christian Defense Coalition, the event is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at 7:00 local time.

This pro-life Christian film, from the writer/director team of Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, is based on a memoir by Abby Johnson and shows her journey from director of a Planned Parenthood clinic to prominent right-to-life advocate. She now runs a ministry to help other workers leave the abortion business and, as we detailed here, nearly 100 have contacted her group to do just that after watching this movie.

The head of the Christian Defense Coalition, Rev. Patrick Mahoney, expressed his thanks to Washington city officials for granting approval to show the film and, in so doing, "honoring the First Amendment and free expression." He added Unplanned "is a powerful witness to the dignity of every life" and expressed a desire to repeat this public showing.

"Our hope is to launch a nationwide campaign to eventually show Unplanned in front of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics across America."

Unplanned has performed beyond expectations so far, already earning almost three times as much as it cost to make. The film stars Christian actresses Ashley Bratcher, in the role of Johnson, and Robia Scott as her boss at Planned Parenthood. Both women turn in powerful performances.

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