If you’re like most of us, you’d rather not read another article about abortion this morning.
The subject is divisive, the debate vitriolic. If you haven’t had an abortion, if you don’t love someone who has, or if you’re not considering an abortion personally, it can be tempting to ignore the issue.
Then comes a movie that changes everything.
Startling abortion statistics
“Unplanned” was released. My wife and I were invited to attend an advance screening of the film a few weeks ago. It makes the issue of abortion so real and relevant that everyone should see the film.
Here’s what I mean.
According to Planned Parenthood, one in four American women will have an abortion by the age of forty-five. How many actual women is this?
Here are my calculations:
- The Census Bureau reports that 77.4 percent of the American population is over the age of eighteen, which equates to 253,252,800 people.
- 50.8 percent of this population is female, which equates to 128,652,422 people.
- According to the Kaiser Foundation, 34 percent of this population is between the ages of eighteen and forty-five, which equates to 43,741,823 people.
- One-fourth of this population (the number who have had abortions, according to Planned Parenthood), is 10,935,455 women.
In other words, only 8.5 percent of the American female adult population and 4.3 percent of the entire American adult population has personally experienced an abortion.
Even if you dispute my calculations, you’d have to agree that the vast majority of Americans who support abortion have never experienced one.
A scene you won’t forget
“Unplanned” tells the story of a woman who became a Planned Parenthood clinic director, then personally witnessed an abortion gone awry. (This scene is apparently what caused the movie to be rated R, though I’ve seen far more violence in PG-13 movies.) Her experience changed her life.
I am encouraging every person reading this article to see the movie because of this scene.
The central character’s story is fascinating, as is the personal story of the actress who plays her. The film’s production values are outstanding. “Unplanned” competes as cinema with anything Hollywood will release this year.
But the way it makes abortion real is what makes the movie so crucial for our culture. And the Christians who minister to the central character are a model for every one of us willing to engage with this issue.
Three priorities for life
You and I will likely never argue an abortion case before the Supreme Court. We may not have personal leverage with state legislators or have the chance to influence a Planned Parenthood clinic director.
But here’s what we can do to save the babies and serve the mothers endangered by the tragedy of abortion.
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: Christian Post, Jim Denison