Blog: “Unplanned” Plans to Change Hearts and Minds

How does one take an inherently unsympathetic character, and make the audience root for her?

It helps when that character is Abby Johnson—a big-screen representation of the actual pro-life activist, based on the book she wrote about her own experiences: subscribing to the lies of the abortion industry, devoting herself to her job as Planned Parenthood’s youngest clinic director, suffering through two abortions… and then coming to see the inherent dignity of human life, realizing that she had been complicit in the deaths of more than 20,000 unborn babies, and becoming one of the nation’s most outspoken pro-life advocates.

For screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, the challenge of making the “intrinsically unsympathetic” Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson someone that audiences could root for was solved by essentially having two Abbies, they said at the recent premiere of “Unplanned.”

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