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Movie based on Central Texas woman's time at Planned Parenthood set to premiere in Waco

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 17:35:13-04

WACO, TX — A movie based on the career of a Brazos Valley woman who worked at, and left, a Planned Parenthood is set to premiere Thursday in select theaters.

"Unplanned" is a movie set to release on March 29 about Abby Johnson, a Rockdale, Texas native who worked for several years at a Planned Parenthood in Bryan.

The movie is based on Johnson's time at the clinic, where she served as first a volunteer and ultimately the clinic's director. According to Johnson, she climbed the ranks at the clinic and would escort women to and from the clinic.

Johnson wrote a book by the same name in 2011, where she described why she changed from a "pro-choice" stance to "pro-life." Johnson, who has had two abortions herself, said that she changed her stance on the issue after witnessing an abortion happen on an ultrasound in 2009. She joined the anti-abortion movement and became an activist through "Coalition for Life" which later became 40 Days of Life.

The film has received an R-rating from the MPAA. The film was written by the writers and co-producers of "God's Not Dead."

The Bryan Planned Parenthood of which Johnson worked at closed its doors in 2013, but prior to that, had claimed that the abortion Johnson had said to witness did not happen and that Johnson was facing disciplinary action prior to her resignation.

Only one Planned Parenthood operates in the Central Texas region. The Planned Parenthood - Mary Ruth Duncan Health Center/Audre Rapoport Abortion Services Center in Waco offers abortion services/referrals; birth control; HIV testing; men's health care; emergency contraception; pregnancy testing and services; STD testing, treatment and vaccines; and women's health care.

"Unplanned" will premiere in College Station on Friday, but is in select theaters Thursday.