The producers of God’s Not Dead have been working on a new project. (Are you excited? Sure you’re excited.)
This time, they’re making a film about Planned Parenthood called Unplanned. Because when your entire reputation rests on bad-faith stereotyping of your cultural enemies, you might as well stay on brand.
The plot revolves around a former Planned Parenthood director who later became anti-abortion after seeing one take place via ultrasound. She says she quit her job over it.
The credibility of her story has been publicly questioned… but why lets facts get in the way of a propaganda film? Here’s the movie’s description:
All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.
Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.
Will this film mention anything about how Planned Parenthood prevents abortions by offering affordable birth control? Or how they provide other non-reproductive services that lower-income women depend on, such as pap smears and breast exams? Or will it just pretend that everything that goes on in a facility is pure evil, all the time, despite all the evidence to the contrary?
I’m not holding my breath for accuracy. The movie will be released on March 29.
***Update*** [from Hemant]: Chuck Konzelman, the co-writer and co-director of the film, tells me that the movie does indeed include mentions of how Planned Parenthood prevents abortion by offering birth control, albeit not in a way that suggests the claim is true. In an email, he wrote:
It’s actually mentioned three times… first in the talk Abby has with a PP recruiter on the Texas A&M campus… the conversation that convinced her to become [a] volunteer escort. Second, almost immediately after Abby gives birth to her first child, and defends her choice to become the (surgical) clinic director… against her mother’s wishes. Finally, it becomes the subject of some cognitive dissonance between Abby and her PP supervisor… when her target goal for abortions gets drastically increased.
In other words, the character makes or hears that claim before she turns against Planned Parenthood.