You know me, I”m pretty careful and picky about what I watch, but I felt this was an important film to see. I went with my husband this weekend, and here is a brief recap and my thoughts about it.
First of all, I thought it was a very fair portrayal. What I loved about this movie, is the humanization of the different sides of the abortion debate in this movie. Abortion workers aren’t painted as evil people who love to kill children. You LIKED Abby and her co-workers at Planned Parenthood- whether you agreed with them or not. (Abby’s supervisor is another story, though. She’s a piece of work.) Women who got abortions in the movie are not judged or condemned, they are viewed with compassion. Some pro-life protestors were illustrated as being terrible people who did a great deal of harm. No one is painted with a broad brush or condemned.
About the “R” rating- what’s in the movie? There was a little cussing, but no sexual content, innuendo, or women’s body parts shown. When I say that the rating is purely for abortion violence, that’s really what it is.
1. Towards the beginning of the movie, Abby holds an ultrasound probe and watches the baby on the screen fight for it’s life. The doctor then flips a switch and you see blood filled tubes. It’s horrifying.
2. Abby has two abortions. One, you don’t really see much. The other is when she takes an abortion pill and discharges the baby at home. She bleeds heavily and is in pain for 12 hours. Blood is everywhere. You also see clumps of non-identifiable bloody tissue drop from her body (she’s in a short nightgown) in the shower. It’s very disturbing, but also real as far as bodily functions go. Several years ago, I had a miscarriage that started at home, and there were some definite similarities.
3. A teenage girl comes to get an abortion. Her uterus is perforated and she starts bleeding uncontrollably. They almost lose her.
Those are the big ones, and in my opinion, what made it rated R.
I definitely recommend this movie, if you can take how graphic it is. (This could be triggering to women who have lost children.) It isn’t for the faint of heart- but the topic is so important, and I believe this can be a key to meaningful conversations about abortion. If movies aren’t your thing, but you’d like to learn more, the movie is based off the book by Abby that is also titled Unplanned.