Pro abortion Hollywood actress, Alyssa Milano, has solved the abortion crisis! She has called for a national sex strike! It seems she is angered at the Georgia legislature for banning human abortion at the point at which a human heartbeat is detected.
She is angry that women can’t get abortions later than six weeks after conceiving. To retaliate against “the patriarchy,” she calls for a national “sex strike” which … would … reduce …abortion …even … MORE … than the Heartbeat Bill!
Three cheers for Ms. Milano!
Iowans for LIFE is all for reducing the incidence of human abortion. We join Ms. Milano in calling for a sex strike when the conjugal act is done outside the bounds of a traditional marriage between one man and one woman.
Within marriage, sexual intimacy is an act of profound beauty and love. Within marriage, it shouldn’t be used as a weapon, but as an expression of unity with an acceptance of the potential for new life when a man and woman make love.
Don’t weaponize love
Ms. Milano seems more interested in weaponizing love making, as she expressed in her recent Tweet:
“Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”
The only rights that are being erased by the Alyssa Milano’s of the world are the rights of the unique human beings who are denied their right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness when aborted.
We agree that women should have control over their bodies as long as it doesn’t deny immutable rights to the vulnerable person in the womb who doesn’t have control over her own body.
So Ms. Milano instincts are wrong, but the net result of her sex strike are spot on.
Chastity is back! Join the movement! JOIN Alyssa!
Human abortion is an act of violence against an innocent human being. And as Jesus taught us 2000 years ago, violence begets violence:
“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” [MATTHEW 26:52
Increasingly, we’re seeing the violence spill out into the streets as abortion rights advocates threaten and attack pro-life supporters.
A recent attack occurred last month at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Nineteen year old Jillian Ward (above) attacked a pro life supporter with Created Equal, striking him in the face and stomach several times, as you can see in the video above. Be forewarned, her language is obscene. She screamed:
“F***ing terrible person. You’re a terrible person. You — this is not okay. This is not okay. This is not okay. Shut the f**k up right now. This is wrong. This is triggering. You’re not an innocent human being. You’re a terrible person.”
The president of Created Equal, Mark Harrington, said this a growing, national trend on college campuses:
“Students being groomed on college campuses to be leaders, writers, and thinkers of the Left are increasing in censorship and violence against those with whom they disagree.”
It’s not just college students, as we wrote yesterday. Even abortion-supporting lawmakers are spilling out into the streets to bully those standing up for the dignity of human life in the public square. Here is the video of Pennsylvania Representative Brian Sims harassing an “old white woman” praying in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic on Holy Thursday:
Abortion supporter threatens to kill pro-lifer
In the video below, the abortion supporter threatens to kill the peaceful pro-lifer and his family, eventually striking the man:
As St. Mother Teresa taught us,
“Abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace in the world today. If a mother can kill her own child, what’s left for other people to kill each other?”
How do pro-lifers fight back against this escalating trend of violence and evil? With prayer and forgiveness nourished by Christ’s love. Look at the faces of these abortion supporters. We are clearly engaged in spiritual warfare.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL — There broke out a severe persecution of the Church in Jerusalem,
and all were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria,
except the Apostles.
Devout men buried Stephen and made a loud lament over him.
Saul, meanwhile, was trying to destroy the Church;
entering house after house and dragging out men and women,
he handed them over for imprisonment. [ACTS of the APOSTLES 8:1B-8]
Modern culture wars
BALTIMORE, MD — A popular Baltimore TV anchor, Mary Bubala, was terminated for asking the following interview question of a Loyola University Maryland professor regarding local politics:
“We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”
The station received backlash to her question along these lines:
“As a Black man in America, I found your question about having 3 female African Americans on this evening newscast offensive . In a City, which is over 60% black , you have offended thousands of people. You owe your listeners an apology.”
The Baltimore Association of Black Journalists weighed in with this:
“The question implies race and gender are qualifiers in one’s ability to lead while also demonizing African-Americans and women as poor leaders.”
Ms. Bubala apologized on social media for her choice of words, but was not allowed to do so on air. Her station fired her 4 days later.
Encounter at a Planned Parenthood clinic
PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Holy Thursday, Pennsylvania’s first openly gay State Representative (D) Brian Sims, accosted a woman praying a Rosary in front of a Planned Parenthood Clinic with these words:
“You old white woman, shame on you for telling women what they can do with their bodies. What you’re doing out here is disgusting.”
Mr. Sims continues in a similar vein for eight minutes, continually invoking her race, age, religion and gender with derision. You can watch the exchange above.
The woman subjected to his invective is Ashley Garecht, who relates her reaction to the affair in this Tucker Carlson interview below:
Mr. Sims asked for help from his followers in identifying the woman so he could camp protestors outside of her home. Interestingly, Ms. Garecht has not received an apology. Nor has the Democratic Party asked Mr. Sims to resign.
In the year of our Lord 36, the Sanhedrin felt threatened by the young Christians. They stoned Stephen to death for standing up for Christ in the public square. They even sent Saul to people’s homes to persecute Christians, as recounted in the scripture passage quoted at the outset.
In the year of our Lord 2019, Christians still face persecution for standing up for Christ in the public square. Even more, abortion advocates, such as Mr. Sims, call on Big Abortion acolytes to not only accost us in the public square, but to persecute us at our homes.
Race is a particularly sensitive subject in our modern culture wars. Ironically, Mr. Sims felt comfortable invoking racism, sexism, ageism, and even anti-Catholic bigotry in his bullying of the Catholic Ms. Garecht.
Ironically, America’s Black culture has been ravaged by Big Abortion, as you can see in the graphic above. African-American women represent but 13% of the female population, but 36% of all abortions in the U.S.
These disparities are chilling.
The disproportionate impact human abortion has on this critical group of Americans deeply disturbs Iowans for LIFE. That’s why our keynote speaker at our 9th annual banquet on October 3rd will be EWTN radio personality, Gloria Purvis, speaking on: “Racism, Abortion, and Medical Care: One Woman’s Testimony.” (Register today here.)
The Brian Sims of the world condemn pro-lifers for standing up for unborn Black babies in the public square. They are misguided. They need our prayers, because they are not beyond hope, not at all.
Just ask St. Paul.
The Alabama House of Representatives just passed a bill that would make human abortion a Class A felony for doctors (but not the mother).
Republicans overwhelming supported the bill. Most Democrats walked out in protest before the vote occurred. Democratic Representative John Rogers of Birmingham was not only vocal in his opposition to the bill, but amazingly candid as to his reasoning.
Let’s analyze his comments sentence by sentence:
“It ought to be a woman’s choice.”
Why? It is always immoral to kill an innocent human being. Choice has nothing to do with it, whether a person resides in Waukee or the womb. Just because a person is inconvenient doesn’t justify killing them.
“I’m not about to be a man and tell a woman what to do with her body.”
Seriously? All kinds of laws tell us what we can’t do with our body. The law tells us we can’t put certain drugs in our own body. Pro abortion politicians have vigorously passed laws which don’t allow us to smoke cigarettes in public spaces. Laws exist that prevent us from selling our body parts for medical reasons. And ever heard of prostitution? Laws exist everywhere which prevent you from selling your body for sex.
“She has a right to make her decisions herself.”
Agreed. Every woman (or man) has a right to determine whether or not they engage in sexual relations. Once they do, they are responsible for their actions, not the ‘kid’ (Representative Roger’s word) who is produced by their decision. They do not have the moral right to kill the innocent human being brought into the world by their choice.
“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later.”
It’s hard to shock in this day and age, but Rep. Rogers has succeeded. He assumes that if you are the product of an unplanned pregnancy, you have no worth, no redeeming value, no inherent dignity, and ultimately no hope. He rejects the American ideal, so brilliantly advanced by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, that “hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles.”
To be sure we understand his party’s position, Rogers builds on his hopeless theme:
“You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or kill them later.”
Do you realize how many amazing people would have been killed if the Rep. Rogers of the world had their way? People like Ludwig Van Beethoven, Oprah Winfrey, and Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle Corporation one of the biggest tech companies in the world). Yes, these titans were born into undesirable circumstances, but they overcame the obstacles of their unplanned origins to thrive and change the world for the better.
Do you realize how many stories of redemption would be lost using the thinking of Rep. Rogers and his party? This blog shared such a beautiful story in our previous post. Stories of redemption give us hope. It is arrogant to suggest that someone’s life is hopeless because they are born into less than ideal circumstances.
By the same token, just because someone is born into wealth doesn’t mean they can’t go bad. Remember the Menendez Brothers?
To demonstrate his mental acuity, Rep. Rogers proposes tit for tat legislation:
“I may bring a bill to force all men to have vasectomies. That would end this whole debate. There would be no more abortions and eventually no more voters.”
No comment is required for this level of idiocy. Rogers ends with this zinger:
“Some parents can’t handle a child with problems. It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”
So many great Americans lost limbs and thrived. So many great Americans were born with Down Syndrome. This country is great because we lend a helping hand to those who don’t have one, who in return give so much back. This is what defines the human experience. We don’t kill the imperfect among us, but that seems to be the rallying cry of the Party of Abortion.
Sadly, Rogers claims to be a “pro life” Catholic, but that “the Legislature should leave options open for women.” The killing of the innocent ‘kid’ in the womb is the wrong option. Adoption is the right one.
So to answer Representative John Rogers, you don’t kill another innocent person ever. You love them and help them overcome life’s challenges. That’s what has defined this country. That’s what makes us human.
Vengeance dominates the tide of social media these days. Sometimes it comes in the form of mob justice descending upon the perpetrator of a crime inadequately punished, other times as smaller and subtler smears against those who have wronged us.
But perhaps we could spend some time pondering on the perennial tug-of-war between two opposing forces: Vengeance and Mercy.
The desire for revenge is rooted deep in us
We want those who hurt us to hurt, those who shamed us to be shamed. Whether we inflict the retaliatory attacks ourselves or by inciting others, the root of that thirst is one and the same. Sometimes we confuse the desire for revenge with the desire for justice, and certainly there seems to be an overlap. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we know that at some point the streams diverge. Justice ends (ideally) in some kind of restoration, whereas unabated revenge ends in destruction.
Vengeance seeks to destroy the other party
Often we don’t realise that in the process it destroys a part of us as well. What feels like ointment on the surface, could it not in fact be poison that seeps into our hearts?
On the other hand you have Mercy. Where vengeance seeks to destroy, mercy seeks to redeem. There’s no doubt that mercy presents itself as a heavy demand on the one who has been wronged. Anyone who claims it is easy does not know what they are talking about. Mercy is epitomised by a Man of Sorrows who, while nailed to the cross prays for those jeering at Him, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Perhaps such radical mercy is a weight none of us can bear. But when we truly contemplate the effects of such a mercy, perhaps we would at least desire the capacity for it.
The story of Maria Goretti
No story of radical mercy has captivated me as much as that of Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old girl from a small town in Italy who died a most tragic death in 1902. Maria’s neighbour, 20-year-old Alessandro Serenelli, had developed some kind of a sick and vile desire for the girl. When Alessandro attempted to rape Maria, her resistance and insistence that she would rather die than yield to him propelled him into an unfathomable rage, which ended in him stabbing her no less than 14 times.
As she lay dying on the hospital bed, Maria’s last words were: “I forgive Alessandro…and I want him with me in heaven forever.” Those words make me tremble; it’s as if Jesus Himself had whispered those words into her ears.
A killer is saved by a dream
Meanwhile, Alessandro was not immediately contrite. He was even reported to have said in court that Maria would not have died had she just given in to him. However, a few years into his prison sentence, Alessandro recounted a dream to the visiting Bishop in which Maria appeared to him and handed him 14 lilies, as if a symbolic reminder of her forgiveness for each stab wound inflicted. Profoundly moved, he began living a converted life.
Alessandro was released from prison in 1929, after serving 27 out of 30 years. After being rejected by several communities, he found lodging at a Capuchin Franciscan monastery, where he began living a quiet life working in their garden as a lay brother. Said Alessandro, “Maria’s forgiveness saved me.”
On Christmas of 1934, he sought his victim’s mother, Assunta Goretti, and got on his knees to beg for her forgiveness. And imagine this: that night they attended Christmas vigil Mass together at their parish, and received Holy Communion side by side. Before the stunned congregation, Alessandro asked for God’s forgiveness and for the pardon of the community. Assunta later even adopted him as her own son. She said, “Maria has forgiven you, and surely God has forgiven you. Who am I to withhold my forgiveness?”
If Maria’s mercifulness wasn’t miracle enough, the chain of events it precipitated surely were.
The power of mercy
An excerpt from a public letter written by Alessandro Serenelli, dated 5 May 1961:
At the age of 20, I committed a crime of passion, the memory of which still horrifies me today. Maria Goretti, now a saint, was my good angel whom God placed in my path to save me. Her words both of rebuke and forgiveness are still imprinted in my heart. She prayed for me, interceding for her killer. Thirty years in prison followed. If I had not been a minor in Italian law I would have been sentenced to life in prison. Nevertheless, I accepted the sentence I received as something I deserved. Resigned, I atoned for my sin.
“Little Maria was truly my light, my protectress”
With her help, I served those 27 years in prison well. When society accepted me back among its members, I tried to live honestly. With angelic charity, the sons of St. Francis, the minor Capuchins of the Marches, welcomed me among them not as a servant, but as a brother. I have lived with them for 24 years. Now I look serenely to the time in which I will be admitted to the vision of God, to embrace my dear ones once again, and to be close to my guardian angel, Maria Goretti, and her dear mother, Assunta.
May all who read this letter of mine desire to follow the blessed teaching of avoiding evil and following the good. May all believe with the faith of little children that religion with its precepts is not something one can do without. Rather, it is true comfort, and the only sure way in all of life’s circumstances—even in the most painful.
St. Maria Goretti, one of the Church’s youngest canonised saints, did not live to see the fruits of her mercy, and there’s no guarantee that we would see the fruits of ours in this lifetime either. But nonetheless, may the life of St. Maria Goretti, brief yet so intimately configured to the Divine Mercy of Jesus, sprout lasting fruits of mercy in our own hearts.
[Karen Zainal lives in Singapore where she works with people with special needs. She is a blogger, an artist, and a Catholic convert. Thanks to her for permission to publish this essay. You can read more of her work at her blog here.]
The latest dehumanizing effort comes from the medical community. A lecture in a University of California San Diego School of Medicine course, Evolution of Human Disease, characterized the human fetus as a “legitimate parasite.”
As you can see in the screen grab above, the professor characterizes a fetus as a “cancer:”
“The fetus: a legitimate parasite:
manipulates immunity of mother
reshapes blood vessels.
The cancer: crashes the party!!!
reshapes blood vessels.”
Of course, the difference is that the fetus is creative while cancer is destructive. Yet the prof uses words like “parasite”, “invades,” and “manipulates” to suggest the fetus is someone negative.
After receiving some pushback, the professor defended his approach:
“Most of you probably realize that my point was to show that mammals are especially prone to invasive cancers because mammals evolved invasive placentation. My point was not to indoctrinate you with the notion that fetuses are cancers, as insinuated in the article.”
Whatever his intentions, the student was correct to expose this latest toxic use of the language to dehumanize the unborn.
“You are pathetic for believing and spreading such garbage!”
What sparked this intense outburst? The meme above which appeared on our Facebook page. The meme reveals the incoherence of Democratic politicians when it comes to born alive legislation. The responder was livid and continued:
“This is probably the very worst lie that the far right is spreading! It is ugly and untrue. No doctor is killing babies once they are viable, and definitely once they are born! If continuing to spread this lie because you want votes-it is just sickening.”
Iowans for LIFE is non partisan. Our mandate is to defend the gift of life from conception until natural death. As the Democratic Party becomes increasingly anti-life in their public policy pronouncements, they are increasingly finding themselves in IFL’s crosshairs.
So, is the meme a lie?
Sadly, no. Let’s look at the issue in a simple question & answer format:
When is a baby in the womb viable? The age of viability keeps changing thanks to medical advances. When Roe was decided, the age of viability was 28 weeks; today, it is 24 and in some cases, the markers have been moved to 21 weeks.
Is there really any distinction between a 24 week old human being in 2018 compared to one in 1973? No, there’s not. It takes a leap of faith to think otherwise, but that is the leap of faith abortion advocates make. If you think about it, a human being is not viable for a number of years after birth. They will die of hunger or exposure without the intervention of their mother and father.
By the same token, human beings in a coma or afflicted by dementia or other ailments are not viable without intervention. Viability is not a rational or moral standard for defining human dignity.
Ok, but be honest, no doctor is killing babies once they are viable, right? Sadly, wrong. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 5597 abortions took place in the U.S. when the unborn person was 21 weeks or later. These numbers are for 2015 and include data from only forty states. Some states, such as California, don’t collect this data, so the numbers are actually much higher. Here in Iowa, nine abortions took place when the unborn person was 21 weeks or older.
Ok, but “no doctor is killing babies once they are born!” Right? Tragically, wrong. Dr. Kermit Gosnell is the most notorious example. Prosecutors believed Dr. Gosnell killed hundreds of newborns who survived his late term abortion procedures. He was ultimately charged with seven counts, convicted on three of them, and is serving a life term in prison without the possibility of parole.
That’s but one example. Can you name one other? As you might guess, abortionists don’t like to admit their “failures.” Their job is to kill the baby in the womb, even if that baby is on the cusp of being born. So statistics are spotty. Nonetheless, data from the Centers for Disease Control identify 362 deaths to babies that initially survived an abortion for the ten year period beginning in 2001.
What happens if a baby survives her abortion? Watch the undercover video below of a conversation between a Washington DC abortion doctor and a pregnant woman. She pointedly asked what happens if the baby survives the abortion. His response:
“I mean, technically, you know, legally, we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive. But, you know, it probably wouldn’t. It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point.” [Emphasis ours.]
Watch the entire unguarded conversation:
Now surely a baby that survives an abortion is going to die anyway, right? Not according to the human abortionist in the video above. He said:
“When you have a pregnancy that is 23, 24 weeks, if you’re, you know, extra — if you — if you do everything possible to help it survive, you know, there’s a — maybe 20 to 30 percent chance that it would survive. If you don’t do anything, then, you know, the chances are much, much less.”
If the baby survives the abortion, is she a person? According to the abortionist in the video above, yes. In discussing what would happen to the baby who survived the abortion, he compared her to a terminal patient:
“Yeah. It would be, you know, uh — a person that would be — a terminal person in the hospital, let’s say … that had cancer. You know? You wouldn’t do any extra procedures to help that person survive.”
Isn’t there already a law on the books protecting babies that survive an attempted abortion? Yes. The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002. It clearly defines the surviving baby as a person, as did the abortionist in the video above. That’s why Dr. Gosnell went to jail: he was convicted of killing three persons who survived their abortions.
So why do Republicans want to pass the “Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act?” As demonstrated above, babies die who survive an abortion. Why do they die? Oftentimes it is neglect. The Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act requires that proactive medical care be provided to these infants in an effort to save their lives. Even more, it imposes criminal consequences on medical providers (but not mothers) who don’t.
What is the position of Democrats on this proposed legislation? They universally oppose it. Every single Democratic candidate for president opposes it.
Why? Democrats’ position on abortion has evolved since Bill Clinton ran for president. His position, and that of his party back in the 1990s, was that abortion should be “safe, rare, but legal.”
Today’s Democrats aren’t interested in rare.
They are hard at work removing any regulation on human abortion, including right up to the minute of delivery. Watch the video below as a Democratic member of the Delaware House of Delegates is quizzed on the details of a late term abortion bill promoted by her party:
As demonstrated earlier, babies sometimes survive late term abortion. The Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, defends late term abortion. He was honest in admitting that those babies could be left to die if that was the will of the mother:
“There may be a fetus that’s not viable. So in this particular example, if a mother’s in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” [Emphasis ours.]
Does the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act outlaw abortion? No.
Don’t comprehensive born-alive protections already exist at the state level? No. Only about half the states provide some degree of protection.
So to respond to the rant quoted at the outset:
- Yes, babies are aborted in the womb after viability.
- Yes, babies have been killed who survived an abortion.
- Yes, babies have been left to die after surviving an abortion.
- Yes, Democratic politicians oppose legislation to protect these unborn persons after viability … and even after birth.
[Iowans for LIFE vigorously defends the dignity of human life in the public square. Help us continue our educational outreach by donating today.]
One-percent of Planned Parenthood employees want out of their jobs after viewing the new movie, “Unplanned.” According to Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director upon whom the movie is based, ninety-four Planned Parenthood workers reached out to her after seeing the movie for help in exiting the industry. The “Unplanned” movement is gaining traction!
In testimony before Congress (shown below), the co-director of the film, Chuck Konzelman, said that represents just about one percent of PP’s employees. Impressive!
“Unplanned” is effective
This confirms the reason why the power structure beholden to Planned Parenthood worked overtime to block the film, as we discussed in our previous blogpost. A movie like this is effective in removing the scales that blind so many on what really happens inside a Planned Parenthood clinic.
(You’ll note that we are intentionally not using the “A” word, since Facebook will block this post from further promotion if we do, as they blocked our last post.)
What is interesting is that so many need “help” leaving. Doesn’t that sound kind of weird? Iowans for LIFE executive director, Maggie DeWitte, explains:
“Planned Parenthood is a powerful corporation with affiliates in every state. They are united under the banner of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, that dispenses their marching orders. When you leave and go to the other side, you become their enemy, as Abby Johnson discovered.
It’s not like leaving Wells Fargo to go to work at Principal.
And yet women who see this movie understand that they are really not helping other women, they are hurting them.”
An example of a woman hurt by abortion
Professor Steve Byas of Randall University in Norman, Oklahoma, related a story that confirms Maggie’s assertion. He was running for state office and went door-to-door. At one stop, a woman asked his position on the ‘a’ word, and he acknowledged his pro ‘L’ position.
He braced himself for pushback, but didn’t get it. Instead, the woman acknowledged that she had an an ‘a’ when she was seventeen. She had nightmares for the next ten years. Only conversion to Christianity helped to heal her, and even that took time.
This website has many more examples.
It’s like rejecting a religion
Maggie DeWitte said a rejection of Planned Parenthood’s ideology is very comparable to a rejection of a religion. Those leaving this “church” run the risk of losing friends and a support group that once bound these women together.
You can see that a movie this honest is going to be highly effective, which explains how PP’s supporters in Hollywood, the media, and social media united in labeling the movie as ‘propaganda,’ in other words, a bunch of lies.
A Google search for the movie initially labeled the movie as “drama/propaganda.”
The headline for the New Statesman American screamed, “Unplanned is anti-‘a’ propaganda. Its success at the box office should scare us all.”
The Hollywood website, Variety, says “Unplanned” isn’t a good movie, but it’s effective propaganda.”
The word was used ad infinitum by the thought police who will go to the mat for Planned Parenthood. And yet, if the movie is a lie, why would so many workers in their clinics reach out to Abby Johnson for help exiting their jobs?
Because they know it’s true. They work in such a clinic. They’ve seen everything portrayed in the movie in real life.
“Unplanned” is authentic
Yes, a movie like “Unplanned” is so effective because it is so authentic. Ashley Bratcher starred in the movie in the Abbie Johnson role. She was blown away by the response.
“The response has been incredibly positive. I mean, through it all — this has been the most rewarding and fulfilling role I’ve ever had in my entire career. To be able to hear someone come up to you and say, ‘I was so affected by your work that I decided instead of having an abortion, that I’m now going to have my child’ — I don’t know how to really explain the way that feels to know that you could potentially just have saved a life.”
Abby Johnson said “Unplanned” is more than just a movie:
“I feel like this movie is not just a movie. It really is sort of creating a movement. We want to get people plugged in. We want to rally around the people that are changing their minds.”
The “Unplanned” movement reaches Iowa
The impact of “Unplanned” is felt right here in Iowa. Iowans for LIFE heard from Iowa State student, Serena Hilton, with this email:
“A few weeks ago, the movie Unplanned came out and a friend and I had the opportunity to assemble a group through Students For Life of America to go see the movie during opening weekend. Our group had about 25 Iowa State Students who are involved in the St. Thomas Aquinas community (above).
The movie was absolutely honest and heartbreaking. It opened our eyes to a lot of the sickening manipulation that is happening at Planned Parenthood, which is really important for people to see.
When the credits started rolling at the end of the movie, everyone in the theater (which was full!) just sat there for quite a few minutes trying to process everything we’d just seen.
The credits were practically finished by the time our group started to stand up and hug each other as we were all feeling a bit emotional. Not knowing what else to do, we stood in a circle in the movie theater and prayed. It for sure helped me feel some peace after seeing the movie, and it felt good to be surrounded by such a supportive and loving community of people.
The movie stirred up a fire to take more action in my Pro-Life stance. I am currently doing a design project about it. We are supposed to put together a few articles revolving around any topic and present the text in a visually interesting way, so I’m stirring the pot a little in my studio by making my articles about ‘a’.
Tonight, for National Prayer Day, we are trying to assemble a group to pray outside of Planned Parenthood, like people are doing all across the country. I will admit I’m nervous to be so public, but then I remember why it’s important that I am.”
Abby Johnson said that on days when people were praying outside the Planned Parenthood clinic she directed, ‘business’ dropped way off.
Thanks to “Unplanned,” Iowa State students are being galvanized to make a positive difference in their community by saving human life through prayer.
You’ve got to see this film if you haven’t done so yet. It’s creating a movement.
There’s a very good reason pro life films are so hard to make: they turn people against human abortion. In other words, they are effective. The power structure that controls the film industry and its marketing platforms are practically evangelical in their zeal for abortion rights. As a result, they push back. Hard.
The new pro life film, “Unplanned,” is a case study in this inevitable clash of creeds and how supporters of Big Abortion fought furiously to undermine this Abby Johnson bio.
As we wrote in our earlier review, “Unplanned” tells the story of Abby Johnson’s journey from zealous abortion rights supporter and Director of a highly profitable Planned Parenthood abortion mill into one of the most effective pro life advocates in America.
The movie takes you inside a Planned Parenthood clinic where you learn in convincing fashion that human abortion has nothing to do with ‘women’s reproductive health.’
The movie cost $6 million to make. To date, it has grossed nearly $16 million at the box office. “Unplanned” had to overcome one hurdle after another to get made.
Something odd happened during the filming of Unplanned. Violence swirled around the cast and their families in ways that went beyond coincidence. The movie’s co-directors, Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, were warned that they were about to engage in an epic battle of spiritual warfare.
“We, from the beginning, knew that it would be spiritual battle, spiritual warfare. It was prophesied over us that this is not a normal movie.”
The battle manifested itself with physical reality:
“We’ve had probably 15 accidents where people or family members of people who worked on the movie, were in a car crash, […] and the person would just walk away.
“They’ve all been crazy violent. One person survived a bike accident that destroyed her helmet, and a producer’s car was split in half after being t-boned.”
Even the star of the movie, Ashley Bratcher, had a brush with death, according to Solomon:
“Ashley herself, she had a deer, a stag, jump backwards–I’ve never seen deer jump backwards–on the highway into her car and wiped out her car and almost killed her.”
Shortly before the film was to be released, Hollywood threw the Unplanned team a major curve ball. The Motion Pictures Association of America gave the movie an “R” rating, which meant teens 17 and under could not attend unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. This would limit their reach to a core audience of this movie.
Hollywood missed the incongruity of their tacit acknowledgement that abortion is violent. Said an MPAA spokesperson:
“This film received an R rating for ‘some disturbing/bloody images.”
Ironically, thirteen states do not require parental notification for these same teens who want to have an abortion.
It is inexplicable that a film without sex, nudity, offensive language, and violence gets an R rating at the same time that a violent teen slasher movie, like “Happy Death Day 2U” gets a PG-13 rating.
Contrast these two trailers. The disconnect is jarring:
The first is rated PG-13, the second garnered an ‘R’ rating. Obviously, the fix was in. The MPAA spokesperson tried to justify their decision:
“The filmmakers did not make use of the rating appeal process.”
The reason: they didn’t have the time, since the delay would have pitted it against summer blockbusters by the time it was finally released. Besides, there was no guarantee the MPAA would change its mind. An appeal would have been the kiss of death to “Unplanned.”
It took Unplanned two years to raise the money to make this film. Their investors had a lot on the line, and the MPAA did all they could to kill it by goading the producers to delay the release date in a ratings squabble.
Once the MPAA’s dirty deed was done, they passed the baton on to Twitter to submarine the release of “Unplanned.” The most critical day on social media for a movie is the day it is released, and sadly, Twitter pulled the plug on opening night.
According to Mr. Solomon:
“[Twitter] closed us down on opening night, which, considering we had the account for nine months, was quite unusual. It just so happens that happens on opening night which, for a movie, is the most important night of the whole run.”
Google joined the conspiracy by refusing to let them advertise “Unplanned.” Said Konzelman:
“Well, we are completely blocked at every turn. I mean, our primary difficulty was with Google, who refused to take any of the advertising for our film. All of our banner ads up until our date of release were refused. Basically, they identified us with a conservative issue, which is the pro-life side of the abortion issue. They said, ‘your marketing is related to abortion.’ We said, ‘no it’s not. It’s a film.’ And they still refused us.”
Google went even further. Early Google searches for Unplanned labeled it as “drama/propaganda.” Bet you’ve never seen that movie genré before in a Google search, have you?
Even the Nazi propaganda film, “Triumph of the Will,” wasn’t slapped with a ‘propaganda’ label by Google.
Netflix shuns “Unplanned”
The mainstream media refused to run their television ads. Only Fox would allow them to advertise.
Netflix, according to the co-directors, has “no appetite for the film,” and Amazon Prime is taking a pass instead to promote a couple of pro abortion films they’re producing, one starring Sandra Bullock.
Yes, pro life films are hard to produce and market. Despite the obstacles, this small, independent film is on track to more than triple its investment in a politically incorrect movie.
The real question: is the film making a difference?
Yes. We will explore this subject in more detail in our next blogpost. Check back.
[“Unplanned” is showing at AMC Classic Southridge-12; AMC Classic Johnston-16, and Century 20 at the Jordan Creek Mall. Watching this movie is a good preparation for Holy Week.]
By Tom Quiner
I just got around to viewing “A Quiet Place” which came out a year ago. There was a time when I loved horror films, that is, until they became dependent on gore as a substitute for suspense. A Quiet Place restores the genre to its proper place with a smart and surprisingly pro life movie. Even more, the film abounds with religious imagery.
‘What?’ you may ask! A pro life horror film? Yes, and it is a central plot element of this rich film. Before I proceed, be aware that I will spill the beans on key plot elements. So stop reading if you plan on watching this movie anytime soon (it’s available on Amazon Prime).
A Quiet Place is another in a long line of post apocalyptic movies. The premise: Most of the earth’s human population has been wiped out by unstoppable monsters who move quickly and kill you before you can say “Planned Parenthood.”
The monsters are blind, but they have hyper sensitive hearing. If you utter a peep, you’re dead within minutes, thus the movie’s name.
No one talks. Communication must be done by sign language.
Where did the monsters come from? How many people are left on earth? Don’t know, and it doesn’t matter. All we know for sure is that one family is left, the Abbots.
Mr. and Mrs. Abbot are portrayed by John Krasinksi and his wife in real life, Emily Blunt. They have three children, and when their youngest activates a loud toy, both parents … and the audience … watch in horror as a monster speeds through the forest towards the little guy. And just like that, he is gone.
Violence is not really depicted. It’s suggested, which really makes it all the more horrific in our imagination.
So how is any of this pro life?
Time passes, and we learn the mom is pregnant. Can she possibly deliver a baby without uttering a sound? Ask any woman who has experienced the pain of childbirth.
Even if she does, have you ever heard of a baby that doesn’t cry? This baby could mean the death of the family.
In this disposable culture, the quick solution is abortion. Tens of thousands take place on a monthly basis in the U.S. because the baby is considered inconvenient.
If ever there was an inconvenient baby in the womb, it was the Abbot’s child. And yet they never consider the option. This is a family that holds hands and silently prays together before each meal.
In fact, the entire movie is about the profound depth found within the family unit, a depth defined by ‘agapé love.
Most filmmakers consider love a feeling or a passion quickly spent beneath the sheets. To a man with a Polish Catholic heritage, Krasinksi knows love is sacrificial in nature.
He traveled back to his homeland with his father a number of years ago to learn about the profundity of the Pole’s struggle to survive against the monsters known as Nazism and Communism.
Six million Poles were sacrificed on the altar of atheistic totalitarianism. In A Quiet Place, the father sacrifices himself to the monster so that his children might live.
Love is all about giving
In other words, this is a film that tells us love is all about giving, a direct contradiction to a culture that tells us love is all about taking.
For a movie that downplays the violence element, A Quiet Place is still terrifying. It struck a chord with audiences who love to be scared, scoring an awesome $340 million at the box office on a $20 million budget.
As I mentioned, the film is peppered with religious symbolism, which Bishop Robert Barron touches upon in his video review below.
My takeaway from this movie is simply this: life matters. It is worth dying for.