Charlotte Allen’s thoughtful assessment of the Unplanned film

Readers may recall that last Sunday, I had said I didn’t have too much to say about the Unplanned film because, when a film is the target of a campaign to keep me from seeing it, I think I had better see it if I possibly can. And avoid saying much in case anyone is looking for an excuse not to see it – when seeing it on principle is important.

Fortunately, it is being widely shown in the States and Charlotte Allen at First Things offers some thoughtful assessments:

Abby’s character isn’t convincing. Why would a young woman who has already had a ghastly abortion experience at a Planned Parenthood clinic want to take a job at that same clinic? Why is Abby so resolutely pro-choice throughout most of the movie (a series of flashbacks) when her parents and her husband are deeply religious and opposed to abortion? Unplanned could have explored possible tension points: Perhaps Abby, a graduate of Texas A&M University, absorbed too much liberal campus culture or saw a hookup scene that left girls feeling abandoned if they got pregnant. A more carefully constructed story arc would have shown the Planned Parenthood scales falling steadily from Abby’s eyes as she witnesses one morally problematic scene at the clinic after another. The abortion she watches on ultrasound should have been the final straw in a series of incidents—as the opening scene, it feels anticlimactic.

But though Unplanned has flaws as a movie, it is a compelling indictment of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood really is Murder, Inc. As Abby’s Cruella De Vil boss, Cheryl, explains, abortion really is Planned Parenthood’s cash cow. The 332,757 abortions performed at Planned Parenthood’s affiliate clinics during fiscal 2017–2018 accounted for about 35 percent of the 926,000 or so abortions performed annually in the U.S. …

Everyone who cares about human life ought to see Unplanned. It’s not a perfect movie, but it is powerful—and that’s why it has the progressive media running scared.More.

Reality check: Playing the critic for a bit, I confess I had less trouble than Charlotte Allen with Abby’s hesitancy to just get out. That’s because I felt she had a streak of sociopathy in her. Now, I do just mean “a streak,” which lots of people have, not a drenching. She found it easy to come up quickly with a convincing lie, for one thing. And even though she had been raised in a consciously pro-life family, she had little compunction about having two abortions. That was not because she rejected her background altogether, which would be more understandable. She still went to an evangelical church, for example.

That said, one characteristic of people with some sociopathic tendencies is that they find it hard to just pull themselves together and say, I realize that such-and-so is a possible solution but for ethical reasons, I can’t do it. That’s part of how they get themselves into so much trouble at times!

It needn’t be working at an abortion mill; it could be a plot to murder a boyfriend’s wife. Jurors might find themselves wondering later, “Why couldn’t she just stop, even for a moment, and say to herself, ‘This is crazy. I can’t go through with it.’” Well, maybe she could have, but she doesn’t. Anyway, seen in that light, Abby’s difficulty just walking out after what she sees would make more sense, which is why her character seemed more believable to me than to Allen.

Enough of me as a critic for now, but it’s fun to have a normal discussion about films, rather than a fight to get them aired.

Note: Apparently, you can write to
and ask them to show the film—if you want a runaround.

After all, now that Trudeau has put the news media on welfare, why couldn’t he just put the entertainment media on welfare too and then the industry can just show films that the raging Woke like and feel way cool.

See also: Unplanned Movie avoids much pro-life schlock


Pro life film Unplanned doing well at box office despite social media companies’ attempted takedown