If you haven’t seen the new film “Unplanned,” it is your obligation as a human to see it — particularly if you say you are pro-life.
Here’s why: There are important lessons that we need to incorporate into our own lives.
First of all, if you are on the fence about abortion, see the movie.
Whenever I encounter someone who says, “Abortion isn’t for me, but I don’t have the right to tell a woman she can’t,” I tell that person two things. I say, “Go see an abortion and then make up your mind.” And second, I say, “You have the obligation to give voice to a child who can’t.”
Speaking on behalf of children has been my life’s work.
So here’s what we all must take away from “Unplanned.”
First: If you want to change a person’s mind about something, don’t beat the person over the head. Befriend that individual.
Who was the first person that Abby Johnson — who spent years working for Planned Parenthood until she became a fervent pro-life advocate — went to about her epiphany? It was the woman from Coalition for Life.
This woman stood with Abby Johnson day after day, month after month. Johnson knew exactly how this woman felt about her involvement with abortion — but rather than implore her to stop her activities, the woman showed up and cared for her.
Second: We must show more concern for the unborn. I am sad to see many people of faith remain complacent about abortion. And if I am sad, I can only imagine God’s grief.
When we do nothing about abortion, our lack of action perpetuates God’s heartache. Abortion is abhorrent and causes tremendous pain to babies and to the girls and women who get them. But we who hate abortion too often sit in the background and are “too busy” working or running our kids to soccer games or such to get involved.
We don’t even want to have a conversation about it because we don’t want an argument with anyone or for people to think ill of us.
If this is you — get over it. You don’t need to please anyone.
Three: Mass abortion is real. Because most of us don’t hear about it regularly, we forget that these procedures are happening every day.
We see abortion too often as an idea or philosophy, not a reality. Don’t fall into this trap. It is real — and as you will see in “Unplanned,” millions of children have died, millions of young women have suffered, and millions more will continue to do so.
Fourth: Abortion is not safe, even if a board-certified obstetrician is performing it.
Legal abortion is a medically high-risk procedure. A woman can experience uterine rupture, contract a lethal infection, have fetal tissue remain in her uterus, and hemorrhage. She can go into shock and experience future fertility problems — and those are just the beginning of the medical problems she can have.
In the movie, one young girl is shown going into shock (in the waiting room, no less) — yet there was no anesthesiologist to help her.
In case you didn’t know, abortionists are not equipped to handle these complications like anesthesiologists are.
Many years ago, a 16-year-old girl come to see me after she had an abortion. She was bleeding profusely and needed surgical intervention.
When I called the doctor who performed the abortion, he refused to see her because doing so would verify that abortion does have complications.
So I called an OB/GYN who didn’t perform abortions — and she didn’t want to see the girl either. Why? Because she didn’t want to get sued. She didn’t want to get in the middle of a mess she hadn’t created.
Abortion is an abomination. Stand up and say something.
Finally, after many phone calls, I found someone to take care of this girl.
If you are a pro-life man or woman, wonderful. But don’t just “be” pro-life. Act on your convictions.
Abortion is an abomination. Stand up and say something. Do something. Support Abby Johnson’s foundation, And Then There Were None .
Let your voice, behavior or money rid this country of this travesty. If Abby Johnson and prayer warriors can close a Planned Parenthood location — so can we.
Dr. Meg Meeker  has practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine for 30 years. She is the author of the online course “The 12 Principles of Raising Great Kids,” which is part of The Strong Parent Project.