Have you ever just had the urge to just close your eyes to what’s going on around you? Sometimes in life it is easier to just look away. Maybe it’s a scene on a TV show that is just a little too scary or the needle puncturing your skin when your giving blood. Sometimes it’s OK to look away; sometimes it’s not.
My husband and I recently saw the movie “Unplanned”. Part of me wanted to ignore the reality of this movie. I wanted to look away. A bigger part of me saw it as an opportunity to make a difference.
Unplanned is a drama film, based on the memoir Unplanned by Abby Johnson. The movie follows Abby’s life as clinic director for Planned Parenthood and her subsequent conversion to anti-abortion activism. It shows America exactly what abortion is — and abortion is disturbing. We cannot look away!
I asked my husband how he would describe the movie. His words were “emotional, graphic, and very compelling”. I think he described it well. Though not an easy movie to watch, it is definitely one we should see. Lies were uncovered and Truth was revealed. In the midst of deception and despair, there is Hope.
It would be so easy to close our eyes. While we have the convenience of switching the channel when we don’t like a TV show, we really don’t have the liberty to pretend this isn’t happening. Lack of knowledge doesn’t mean the available research and information isn’t there.
Did you know that there are agencies who are actually paid to discredit controversial topics? Organizations such as Opposition Research have people who make their living infusing doubt and confusion into other’s minds. Sadly, it works. Doubt and confusion lead us to believe lies. And lie-based thinking opens the door to making poor choices.
Though hardly a comparison, most of us are aware of the available data regarding refined sugar. This type of sugar is really bad for the body. The evidence cannot be denied. But for me, when I am in a “give me some chocolate mood” it is very tempting to believe any research that contradicts this. Believing a lie would seemingly take me off the hook and give me permission to eat a Hershey bar any time I wanted. But truth is truth and sugar really isn’t good for you. On a much more intense scale, finding yourself in an unplanned pregnancy, being in a very desperate state could make it easy to believe the lie that your baby is “just a blob. of tissue” or that Planned Parenthood just “helps” women. Even people, such as Abby Johnson, who worked in the abortion industry are often misguided and deceived. Many of us have fallen into this trap.
The evidence that life begins at conception is a scientific fact. It is not controversial; it is not an opinion. At day one of conception a new individual receives 23 chromosomes from each parent. He or she is truly a unique individual human being, never to be repeated. At day 18 the baby’s heart begins to beat. At this point, a mother often doesn’t know she is pregnant. Facts are facts! The majority of abortions are performed between 8-10 weeks and by then, much more baby development has occurred.
Knowing the truth gives us responsibility, ignoring or twisting it is not ok. Jesus tells us that the Truth will set us free! He tells us that we are to bind up the brokenhearted and to release the prisoners from darkness. We get to do the work of Jesus. Watching this movie reminded me of my purpose and passion. It reminded me of the mission and goals of Restore; to see EVERY person affected by the devastation of abortion find freedom and to see an end to abortion. No judgment, no condemnation only Love!
We cannot remain silent! We must be a voice!
If you have been affected by abortion and have not dealt with it, my prayer is that seeing this movie or maybe just reading this blog would be that little nudge to encourage you to reach out.
Peace and Joy