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Serious drop in abortion traffic follows 'Unplanned'

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

Don’t expect this statistic to appear in Planned Parenthood’s next report to Congress when it seeks more taxpayer money.

At one clinic, following the release of the hit movie “Unplanned,” abortion traffic dropped by half.

At another, it was down 25 percent.

Those are just two of the early reports of the impact of the movie, according to Shawn Carney, the president and CEO of 40 Days for Life.

The organization has conducted 40-day prayer vigils in 816 cities in 56 countries around the globe. They set up volunteers – 1 million so far in a decade – to pray around the clock for 40 days.

Their objective is to save babies, help hurting mothers and help abortion-industry employees move to other jobs.

The movie tells the dramatic true story of a Planned Parenthood clinic manager, Abby Johnson, who quits and becomes a pro-life activist after assisting in an abortion.

When Johnson quit, she immediately went to Carney at his organization’s headquarters across from the Planned Parenthood she managed in Bryan, Texas.

Carney told WND in an interview that he and Johnson had known each other for years, both having attended Texas A&M University. When she started working at Planned Parenthood, he started with 40 Days for Life.

He recalls the day that Johnson, “distraught, completely broken,” walked into his office.

He said he was worried about her future after having turned her back on the abortion industry’s biggest player.

Carney said that with the release of “Unplanned,” participation in the prayer vigils has surged 30 percent.

“It’s just been a wave of enthusiasm,” he said. “People are actually going out and peacefully praying.”

He said volunteers are at Planned Parenthood clinics daily. He’s still assessing all the reports, but one clinic’s traffic was down 50 percent since the movie came out. Another down one quarter.

“Absolutely fantastic,” he said.

He said Johnson is the 26th of 186 abortion workers who have fled the industry since 40 Days began its work.

He praised the movie makers.

“Their boldness in showing pro-life activism in a positive light really took a lot of courage,” he said.

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

The movie, he said, already is in 56 countries, and he’s anticipating the international impact.

Most people, he said, don’t realize that there have been 61 million babies lost to abortion in America alone since the Supreme Court created that right in 1973.

He said the best way to defund Planned Parenthood is to stand outside and pray that God will keep women away.

No customers means no income, and even Planned Parenthood, with its government subsidies annually, needs income, he said.

See the “Unplanned” trailer:

Last week, WND reported Google categorized the movie as “propaganda.”

Kelsey Bolar took a screenshot of Google’s designation, “Drama/Propaganda,” and posted it on Twitter.

“Who knew that ‘propaganda’ was a movie genre? @Google once again exposing its gross political bias,” Bolar wrote.

A Twitter user noted Google “fixed” the propaganda label after 12 hours.

But a blogger for the Twitter news-aggregator Twitchy said, “We’re not really sure they ‘fixed’ anything … fixing it would also be an apology but we suppose this is a start.

Image courtesy 40 Days for Life

“The next time someone accuses you of wearing tinfoil when you point out how politically biased against Conservatives Silicon Valley is send them this story,” said Twitchy. “… It’s hard to deny your bias when you all but create a new movie genre for a movie about Planned Parenthood so people who search it might not take the movie seriously.”

WND reported “Unplanned” has succeeded despite considerable opposition. Over its opening weekend, for example, Twitter had an “error” that shut down the movie’s account and deleted 50,000 followers.

The movie also was given an “R” rating despite no nudity or violence. And networks refused to sell time and space for advertising. A company even prevented the movie from using a piece of music because of the topic.

Actress Robia Scott talked about her role in the movie:

And Matthew West created a music video for “Unplanned”:

Fox News reported Johnson now has a ministry called And Then There Were None that helps abortion workers get new jobs.