‘True healthcare saves lives’:  Ashley Bratcher slams Miley Cyrus
Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo (Philstar.com) - August 23, 2019 - 12:45pm

MANILA, Philippines — The controversial American documentary movie "Unplanned," which had a box office success in the US despite a restricted screening and has revived anti-abortion politics, is showing in the Philippines.

Based on a best-selling book, "Unplanned" narrates the story of Abby Johnson, former youngest director of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the US, who turned pro-life advocate. Johnson was Planned Parenthood’s 2008 Employee of the Year who facilitated 22,000 abortions for eight years and had two abortions herself.

During an emergency ultrasound-assisted abortion procedure, she witnessed for the first time via sonogram what happens to an unborn baby in an induced abortion.

Since resigning from Planned Parenthood, Johnson has exposed abortion clinics and has helped over 500 abortion providers to leave the industry.

"Unplanned" had a surprising box office debut in the US and grossed $19 million in theaters over 19 weeks, according to Box Office Mojo. 

Actress Ashley Bratcher plays the role of Johnson, who told Philstar.com that she was the result of an unwanted pregnancy herself.  

Asked by Philstar.com to comment on pop star Miley Cyrus’ provocative post that claims “abortion is healthcare,” Bratcher retorted that “true heathcare saves lives,” referring to the life of both the mother and her preborn child.

Bratcher earlier slammed actress Alyssa Milano, who called for a boycott of Georgia for its abortion law, and wrote in an op-ed: “You’re forgetting about the rights of women within the womb. If feminism is all about equal rights, then where are her rights?” 

To critics of the movie, Bratcher challenges them to watch it for themselves. “We invited many of them from Hollywood to watch the movie but they declined. If you are so strong about your stand, it is also important to challenge your own convictions and start a conversation.” 

Proceeds of the movie will go to pregnancy support centers. The Unplanned Movie Scholarship offers assistance to moms facing difficult pregnancies to continue their studies. 

“It is important to tell women that they’re not alone and there are organizations that can help,” Bratcher said. — Video by Deni Bernardo

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