Ninety-four clinic workers have sought help leaving the abortion industry after seeing the movie Unplanned, according to CBN News.
“One percent of the abortion workers in the United States, after getting one look at them being portrayed on film,” Director Chuck Konzelman said during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, “have decided to change their lives…and what they do for a living.”
These clinic workers approached former Planned Parenthood executive Abby Johnson’s nonprofit, And Then There Were None, which helps workers exit the industry safely. The nonprofit employs former clinic workers to “end abortion from the inside out.” So far, ATTWN has helped almost 500 workers exit the industry and seek healing.
Konzelman visited Capitol Hill over Twitter’s alleged censorship of Unplanned’s account. It was temporarily suspended on the movie’s opening weekend in late March. Twitter claims it was an accident.
The Pure Flix movie, Unplanned, shares Abby Johnson’s radical transformation, from rising in the ranks of Planned Parenthood to joining the pro-life movement after watching a doctor perform an abortion via ultrasound.
Ashley Bratcher, the lead actress who portrays Abby Johnson, had a personal connection to the film. Shortly after accepting the role, her mother admitted that she had considered an abortion, but changed her mind at the last minute. After fellow actress Alyssa Milano used her platform to strongly oppose Georgia’s fetal heart bill, Bratcher, a Georgia native, responded with her own story. “Having just learned months ago that my life was spared on an abortion table, it definitely put a few things in perspective for me,” she said in an open letter printed by Deadline.
The movie hit theaters at a unique time in America’s legislative history with several states passing anti-abortion laws in the hope of turning Roe v. Wade.
Despite several TV outlets refusing to run the movie’s ads because of it’s sensitive nature and subsequent controversy in the media, Unplannedgarnered $12.5 million and ranked number eight in the Top Ten after its second week in theaters, according to The New American.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine. She blogs at mikaelamathews.com.