Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:41

Movie "Unplanned": Not about judgement or condemnation but of Hope and Forgiveness

The anti-abortion movie titled “Unplanned” will hit the Philippine theaters on August 21, 2019.

Ashley Bratcher, the lead actress of the movie "Unplanned" and moviemaker Mike Manhardt speak about what happens during an abortion in a press conference held at the SM North Edsa, on August 13.
Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC

This was announced during the movie’s press conference held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, and was attended by its lead actress Ashley Bratcher and moviemaker Mike Manhardt. It was later followed by the movie's premiere showing at the SM North EDSA.

The movie Unplanned is about the pro-life transformation of Abby Johnson, the youngest clinic director at Planned Parenthood where she worked for eight years and was involved in 22 abortions. She also counseled countless women about their right to choose. 

Abby’s pro-life transformation happened when she was called to assist in the ultrasound during the abortion. She saw with her two eyes how the unborn child fought to avoid the suction. After that experience, she resigned from Planned Parenthood and decided to volunteer to help an anti-abortion group in front of her former office.

Speaking from the character she portrayed, Ashley Bratcher expressed how this movie will change the heart of the people believing that the movie is not about judgment or condemnation rather of hope and forgiveness.

“Unplanned is about changing hearts. It’s not just about the restrictions or the politics, or legislation, Unplanned is about reaching the hearts of people because a portion is a heart issue and order to change people’s mind about it. You have to convince them of the humanity and the sanctity of life,” Bratcher said.

As a moviemaker, Mike Mandhart expressed his belief about the movie as a Catholic Christian.

“I believe that Life begins at the moment of conception and that life is to be respected from the moment of conception to natural death,” Mandhart said.

He stressed that the showing of the movie is in God’s time. 

“We knew as moviemakers wanting to tell this story that it was time, that it was God’s time when not just you ask, but many other cultures, many other countries. For example in the Philippines, it's illegal, it’s never been legal, but we know that as time goes by, there’s more and more pressure politically to make abortion legal. And we’re not stupid, you are not stupid, everyone knows that abortion is happening illegally,” Mandhart said.

He also added that the film exposes what really happens during an abortion and its negative effects on the baby, to the mother and father as well as to the community and society.

The movie is directed by Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman. It will be shown exclusively in SM Cinemas nationwide on August 21, 2019, in coordination with the Pregnancy Support Services of Asia and Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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