Franklin Graham hosted “An Unplanned Conversation” with Ashley Bratcher, the actress portraying Abby Johnson in the movie “Unplanned,” Tuesday, April 9, on Facebook.
“Unplanned” tells of the life story of Abby Johnson, a former clinic director of Planned Parenthood who changed her stance, becoming pro-life after witnessing an abortion procedure in person.
The movie finished in the Top 5 and grossed over $6 million over its opening weekend. Just a week before, the forecast from BoxOfficePro.com’s tracking system predicted “Unplanned” would make $1.5 million on opening weekend and $3.5 million during its life.
“Unplanned” was a hit despite an R-rating and an advertising ban on stations such as Lifetime, Hallmark, HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. Twitter also suspended the film’s page twice only to reverse itself an hour later, and in response, the total number of followers grew from 8,000 to now more than 350,000.
Mark Thiessen of The Washington Post wrote in his review that “Unplanned” is “the movie abortion supporters don’t want to see” and noted that the R-rating only underscored the film’s premise: that abortion is an act of violence.
Last year, Bratcher shared her own personal story tied to abortion, revealing that her mother had scheduled an abortion, but changed her mind at the last moment, left the abortion clinic and gave birth to her.
“I don’t know how to put in words what it feels like to learn you were seconds away from never existing,” she said. “[But] I’m grateful that God, through His providence, planted me here to tell my story and that I have the privilege of sharing this film with the world.”