Here's an outstanding review: "Unplanned: The Uncle Tom's Cabin of the Abortion Issue."
The author, Jason Scott Jones, points out how Uncle Tom's Cabin became the book that turned people against slavery in America.
I wrote a sketch in college that linked abortion to slavery. It focused on the fact that our forebears could rationalize owning slaves by calling them property, as people rationalize abortion by calling preborn babies fetuses and tissue. The sketch was never performed because it was too controversial, even at a Christian college in the early 1990s. It had two parallel scenes: A slave with his master, and a mother and her preborn child. I had the slave cry out when being whipped, and the preborn child cry out when she was being aborted. I guess my sketch got an R-rating, like Unplanned. Of course a preborn baby gets oxygen from her mother, so she couldn't really scream, but it's the silent scream of the aborted child that changes the mind of Abby Johnson (played by Ashley Bratcher), at that time the youngest director in Planned Parenthood's history. After overseeing the death of about 22,000 preborn babies, Johnson is now a pro-life activist. I'm praying Unplanned changes millions of minds.
I went on to write a one-man play on an abolitionist who helped spearhead the largest movement against slavery at that time... 1758, 103 years before the Civil War: I Dreamed I Was Free. Toward the end of the play the abolitionist, John Woolman, says, "God has reminded us that they are mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, sisters and brothers. They are fellow human beings, and is that not reason enough to live without owning them. You all know somewhere in your hearts that slavery is wrong. Can't you feel the lash on your hearts? Can't you feel the chains on your souls? We are the ones in bondage because we will not release our slaves!"
I do a hot seat after the play, staying in character to answer questions. After a performance last week, abortion came up, and John Woolman pointed out that slavery was rationalized by not recognizing slaves as human and then observed, "My generation left a mark upon yours. Do what you can to save the lives of the unborn. Do not leave a mark upon those of future generations."
I have yet to see Unplanned, but as I mentioned earlier it was given an R-rating. Filmmakers assure us that there is no profanity, vulgarity, nudity, sensuality, and that the only violence is to the preborn. So it's legal for a 15-year-old to get an abortion without parental consent, but not to watch it in a film without an accompanying adult. The MPAA agrees that the preborn not just tissue. Surgery wouldn't get an R-rating, would it?
Jones points out:
Historians credit Uncle Tom’s Cabin with spurring the anti-slavery movement to victory. But that credit extends beyond its author. It also goes to those who published, promoted, and simply bought and read the book.Don't let the MPAA keep you from supporting this film and doing your part to make it the Uncle Tom's Cabin of our generation!
Ken Ham of The Creation Museum and The Ark Encounter recommends Unplanned for children as young as 15.
Here's a sneak peek:
There's a great interview with Ashley and Abby at the bottom of Movie Guide's Five Celebrities Speaking Out Against Abortion.