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April 4, 2019

Mornings w Carmen 4-4-2019 hour 1: Ben Johnson from Acton and Kim Ketola on Unplanned Movie

Ben Johnson, aka The Right’s Writer at Acton.org, talks about government security clearances, what they are, how they’re issued and why they matter. Ben and Carmen then discuss the importance of getting your news from a variety of sources and the more local the better.

Kim Ketola joins Carmen to talk about the Unplanned movie which received an R rating — preventing the trailer from being seen by many.  Several major music labels refused to license music for the film and among major networks, only Fox News agreed to run ads promoting it. During Unplanned’s opening weekend the movie’s Twitter account was suspended.  But once it was restored (Twitter still doesn’t seem to know how or by whom the account was suspended) @UnplannedMovie surpassed Planned Parenthood by 80K followers on Twitter.

If you haven’t seen it, you should. The film tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood “employee of the year” turned pro-life advocate.  In her eight years at PP, Johnson rose through the from volunteer escort, to counselor to one of the youngest clinic directors in the country. She calculates she was personally culpable in 22,000 Planned Parenthood abortions, including two of her own children. 

All that changed one day when Abby’s eyes were opened to the reality of what happens in abortion. The movie opens with the scene that changed Abby’s life when she was asked to assist in the ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old child. It is graphic. It deserves an “R” rating. A child struggles for life but cannot compete with the people and the technology committed to bring about death.  But this is not a horror film nor a story of condemnation. Unplanned is a story of redemption and forgiveness and hope. 

We heard from a listener to this program who said she was glad she’d seen the film alone. She had not expected the reality of her own abortion many years ago to well up within her.  “The movie was painful and important and redemptive,” she shared.

Kim and Carmen also discuss actress Alyssa Milano who is leading the charge to boycott film production if the Georgia Governor doesn’t veto a bill protecting the lives of children once a heartbeat is detected in pregnancy.  The Georgia legislature passed the fetal heartbeat bill and Governor Kemp is set to sign it into law. Hollywood heavyweights, including Alyssa Milano are trying to use their star power to threaten Georgia economically but the state is pushing back. 

Governor Kemp has responded: “I can’t govern because I’m worried about what someone in Hollywood thinks about me,” “I ran the last two years on these issues, and I got elected with the largest number of votes in the history of the state of Georgia, and I’m doing what I told people I would do.”

Carmen asks Kim to comment on Milano’s description of the law as “stripping women of their bodily autonomy.” 

They also discuss Milano’s April 1 tweet: “I love God. I believe in God. But I don’t believe my personal beliefs of which we can’t confirm should override scientific facts and what we can confirm.” Then she inserts this verse of Scripture: “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” John 3:12

 


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