Dear Editor:

The St. John The Baptist Church Knights of Columbus and Savanna Times Theater are proud to present, free to the public, the historic and controversial movie “Unplanned.”

This is a particularly important story at a time when the Illinois state government just made legal abortions up to and including birth. Our state has some of the harshest abortion laws in the nation. This movie has impacted millions of lives on the issue of abortion.

From Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the writers/co-producers of “God's Not Dead,” comes a film that speaks to one of the most polarizing topics of our day. “Unplanned” brings us an eye-opening look inside the abortion industry from a woman who was once its most passionate advocate.

After reading Abby Johnson's best-selling book of the same title, Cary and Chuck were moved to bring this inspiring true story to the big screen, giving voice to a woman who has been on both sides of the abortion conversation.

“Unplanned” is the most important movie you'll ever see on the most controversial issue of our time. No matter which side of the fence you're on, no one will leave this film unmoved by Abby's journey.

All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.

Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life.

“Unplanned” is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby's story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.

The movie is free of charge and we invite everyone to come. There will be popcorn and refreshments available for purchase,

“Unplanned” will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. This movie is rated “R” and has some graphic images so be wary of bringing young children.

John McConnel Jr.

St. John the Baptist KCs