A Review & Giveaway for unPLANNED by Abby Johnson, DVD

Posted by Amy Kittel on May 3rd, 2011 filed in Life, Multiple authors

The LORD has done great things for us,  and we are filled with joy.    Psalm 126:3

I have been Pro-Life my whole life. Raised in a Christian home, I hated how dehumanizing Pro-Choice people made the unborn babies feel. “Fetus”, they called it. That word has always had a BAD taste in my mouth. I don’t like seeing that word or even saying it.

Now I am 31, and working as a Labor and Delivery RN in a rural hospital in Wisconsin. When I first started this role, I was in a Catholic hospital. I am not Catholic, but we all agreed on believing in God and that abortion is wrong.

We also know, via her records, if she had had a spontaneous abortion or induced abortion. “A what?” you ask. A miscarriage or abortion, respectively. I only mention this because in this Catholic hospital, in this small fundamentalist Christian town, if unwed mothers are highly frowned on, what are women who have had an abortion thought of. I’ve not heard anything. But in our heads, I know we think it. “How could she do that?”  “That was selfish of her”. “I know people who would love to adopt a baby and can’t have their own.”  Dare I say I lose a bit of respect for her?

Now, I am at a non-religious hospital in not so religious town, where 50% of the women delivering babies are not even married. More women here have had abortions. And in my mind, I still say something to myself. Granted, she is here now, pregnant, choosing to carry this child. But how I was raised is still engrained in my head.


So, I got this email from Tyndale Publishing about unPLANNED the documentary about Abby Johnson. I saw the book online a couple months ago and thought, “eh, another righteous Pro-lifer.” I didn’t want to waste the $$ for something like that.  But Tyndale was offering it free for Reviewers/Bloggers for the Unite for Life blogcast happening on May 17th. Here is my thoughts on the DVD.

The book and DVD were prefaced how Abby Johnson made national news in 2009. (I’d never heard of her or what happened to her before watching this movie.)   The DVD starts with family and friend interviews of Abby before college. They went on about how she was such a good, Christian girl, never thought she would get into something like this, Pro-Life, happy. Then Abby goes into how, after Texas A&M in 1998, she was dating an older man and became pregnant. He took her to get an abortion because his previous girlfriend had one. Abby thought, “this is the only option.” At Planned Parenthood they did group counseling, watched a video, and one woman stated she’d had 9 abortions. All Abby remembers is the pain and embarrassment of dressing in front of the other women who had all gone through the same thing.

One day while walking thought a Volunteer Fair, Abby came across a “hot pink” Planned Parenthood booth, and the recruiter helped to “make me feel like I really needed to protect these women”.  It was just a volunteer job and she could leave whenever, right?

That is how Abby got in.

But what happened then? Why and how did Abby make national news? Ha! Now you have to watch the movie or read the book, because finding back issues of news reports online will only give you part of the story.

Overall, I think the documentary was done well (I don’t really care for documentaries either).  I was afraid when she was telling about an Ultrasound-guided abortion she saw, that they would show pictures or video of it.  I was cringing. As an L&D RN I’ve seen miscarried babies from 9-17 weeks gestation.  I have first hand experience holding them for the crying moms to gaze upon their lost one, to touch it, and to kiss it goodbye.  They are small, perfect, wanted. I take teeny, tiny hand and foot prints on a business card-sized sheet of paper.   And to have a mental image of one of those babies being sucked out in a tube into a biohazard container…I couldn’t even watch the screen for fear they would show it.

This movie has shown me you don’t need to be a loud protestor, with big signs, screaming “murderer”.  Prayer is powerful in of itself.  How did the walls of Jericho fall?

I also liked the argument Abby and the gentleman, I forgot his name, from The Coalition for Life had.  She argued about the Jews in the Holocaust and the African-Americans in slavery being dehumanized.  But that was his point, that abortion is dehumanizing another group of people, ones who cannot speak or fight for themselves.  The ones who didn’t even have a chance- the unborn.

When we have a pregnant woman come in ready to delivery her term baby, we are to address it as “fetus”.  What?!  Nuh-uh.  Nope, It’s a baby, and they want it to be a baby, and they call it “my baby” and they have a name for it. I’m calling it “baby”. “Has the baby been kicking you in the ribcage today?” It’s a BABY!


************The Giveaway*************

I know you are all excited about this part! I get to give away a copy of unPLANNED on DVD to a lucky randomly selected reader. Entries need to be in by May 19th 11:59pm Central Time. How do you get entered??  There is only one way, but after that you can earn extra entries.

Post a comment below.  You need to address at least 4 things in your comment:

1) Have you read this book or seen the movie?

2) Did you hear about this when it initially started in late 2009?

3) Your thoughts on my review.

4) And your name and email address so I may contact you when you win! (Don’t forget to leave your email in a non-spam manner like this: email at address dot com)

For extra entries

(1) Follow me on Twitter

(2) ReTweet the link of my review on Twitter

(3) Sign up for the Unite for LIFE webcast and leave me a comment that you did so

(4) Read another review of mine on my webpage and post a comment on that page.


Be sure to sign up for the Unite for Life webcast and invite your friends and family to view it as well.

The Unite for LIFE webcast is a free webcast featuring Abby Johnson that will benefit pregnancy care organizations.  You can sign up to participate on May 17 at 8:00 p.m. (in all time zones) at www.uniteforlifewebcast.org.   Unplanned the book and the DVD will be available for purchase as a package deal and 33% of each purchase will go to crisis  pregnancy centers like CareNet, the National Institute of Family & Life Advocates, and Heartbeat International.


Watch the Trailer for unPLANNED here

Thank you to Tyndale for the free copy of the DVD to review with my honest opinion.


2 Responses to “A Review & Giveaway for unPLANNED by Abby Johnson, DVD”

  1. Good Reading » A Review & Giveaway for unPLANNED by Abby Johnson, DVD | Christian Family Life Says:

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  2. Serena Says:

    No need to enter me in the giveaway, but thanks for signing up for the Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge. I hope that you come back and leave the link to your poetry collection review.

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