Ashley Bratcher, the star of the PureFlix film released earlier this year, Unplanned, shared the inspirational news earlier this month at an “Evening for Life” banquet and fundraiser in Overland, Kansas that she herself was nearly aborted by her mother.
According to TheLeaven.org, Bratcher, who gave the keynote address at the annual event, also shared her rise from being a single mother on WIC and Medicaid to being cast in the role of Abby Johnson, who is, Bratcher declared, “one of the greatest pro-life activists of our time.”
“We could barely pay our bills, but we fought tooth and nail to get back on our feet so we could provide for our child,” Bratcher continued.
Then, in 2015 God put the word “prepare” on Bratcher’s heart, which, given the events that unfolded in her life that year, proved prophetic. “I chose that word because God had put it on my heart that he wanted to take me somewhere that I was not yet ready to go,” she said.
Bratcher would soon find out that that somewhere was the role of Abby Johnson in Unplanned. After getting the news that she had been cast to play Johnson, Bratcher told her mother, and that is when she found that she had almost been aborted.
“It was really a profound moment. You see, I had accepted this role to play one of the greatest pro-life activists of our time, never knowing I was intended to be aborted, never knowing I was moments away from not having the experiences I’ve had in my life,” she said.
Bratcher attributes her success to God’s faithfulness and told the crowd that after her audition she and her husband prayed “unceasingly.”
Unplannedopened in theaters March 29 and has earned over $19 million at the box office.
John Thomas is a freelance writer.
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