Becoming Abby Johnson with Unplanned actress Ashley Bratcher – PODCAST #151

Topics We Cover On This Episode

The Unplanned movie comes out in March. On this episode of the 40 Days for Life Podcast, we talk with Ashley Bratcher, who plays Abby Johnson in the film.

Resources & People Mentioned

  • Episode 142 featuring Unplanned writers, producers and directors Chuck Konzelman and Carey Solomon
  • Episode 144 featuring Jared Lotz and Emma Elle Roberts–who play Shawn and his wife in the movie
  • Email us at movie@40daysforlife.com to learn how you can host a theater for the Unplanned movie free of charge

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Tips for a prayerful, pro-life Advent — PODCAST #150

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Advent is the perfect season of the year to pray and reflect over the Lord becoming man and entering into the world. On this episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, Steve Karlen and Robert Colquhoun example how the Scripture accounts of the Holy Family preparing for the birth of Jesus provide great Advent meditations for pro-lifers:

  • Mary was troubled by news of her pregnancy…and she provides a model example for other frightened expectant mothers.
  • Likewise, Joseph’s willingness to stand alongside Mary through her pregnancy and to help raise the Christ child is a powerful example to the fathers of abortion-vulnerable babies.
  • John the Baptist’s in utero leap for joy recognizing the unborn Messiah is one of the most beautiful Biblical illustrations of the humanity and personhood of life in the womb.
  • Mary’s visit to her pregnant cousin is a Scriptural encouragement for us to accompany struggling pregnant moms.
  • In the eyes of the world, our poor, homeless Lord was the perfect candidate for abortion.

We also discuss three concrete ways pro-lifers can make Advent a time of deeper prayer and reflection–rather than a stressful season of harried consumerism:

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Why Abortion Is Genocide – PODCAST #149

Topics We Cover On This Episode

  • [1:59] It’s time to take a look at abortion in its proper context
  • [4:53] What Steve learned from a college course on genocide
  • [7:10] What is the definition of genocide?
  • [9:43] Robert breaks down the history of genocide
  • [12:45] The American atrocity that paved the way for abortion
  • [17:29] The recipe for genocide
  • [22:48] Why abortion is genocide
  • [28:24] The part that technology and indifference play in perpetuating genocide
  • [30:00] What is the believer’s role in the midst of the abortion genocide

What do you think about when you hear the word genocide? Since the origin of sin, the human race has sought to dehumanize a segment of its population. From the Aztecs to the Holocaust the value of human life has been edited to fit a definition of convenience rather than a universally true one. And while all genocide is an unfathomable tragedy there is no genocide that has claimed more lives than abortion. Join Shawn, Steve, and Robert as they explain why abortion is genocide on this week’s episode of the 40 Days for Life Podcast.

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Thankful for Life, Progress, and Deep-Fried Turkey – PODCAST #148

Topics We Cover On This Episode

  • [1:56] A happy Thanksgiving is a deep-fried one
  • [8:30] Sue Thayer is officially a 40 Days for Life staff member
  • [12:00] Exciting updates on previously shared campaign stories
  • [15:10] Robert shares what he’s thankful for from the Fall campaign
  • [17:50] Why 40 Days for Life is so thankful for its leaders
  • [21:25] Gearing up for the next Spring 40 Days for Life campaign
  • [24:18] The impact of 99 abortion facilities closing
  • [29:33] What the Pro-Abortion response says about Pro-Life progress

As the smell of deep-fried turkey fills the air so does the realization that Thanksgiving is only two days away. There is so much to be thankful for this year not only as a Christian but as a Pro-Life advocate as well. The Fall 2018 40 Days for Life campaign reached 415 cities and saw incredible victories in the fight for life. Join Shawn, Steve, and Robert as they discuss all the reasons why they are thankful for life and the progress made to end abortion in 2018 on this week’s episode of the 40 Days for Life Podcast.

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The Realities of Spiritual Warfare – PODCAST #147

Topics We Cover On This Episode

  • [1:23] All of the exciting things happening at 40 Days for Life
  • [6:20] Socialists, Anarchists, and Satanists in Madison, Wisconsin
  • [10:05] How the arguments against life have changed
  • [14:48] Irony will destroy the abortion industry
  • [17:43] What happened when common sense ceased in New York
  • [20:21] This is what evil looks like
  • [25:52] Why persecution is the best soil to grow fruit
  • [30:40] The one image that will be the end of abortion

The topic of spiritual warfare seems to be a hit or miss subject in Christian culture. While some give the Devil too much power others are content with ignoring the existence of the enemy altogether. The truth is that there is a very real spiritual battle going on. This was never more evident than during the recently concluded Fall 40 Days for Life campaign. From socialist protesters banging pots and pans to in-your-face abortion advocates dressed up as Catholic priests, this campaign had it all. Hear Shawn, Steve, and Matt break down the realities of spiritual warfare on this week’s episode of the 40 Days for Life Podcast.

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God Stories: Reflecting on the Fall 2018 40 Days for Life Campaign – PODCAST #146

Topics We Cover On This Episode

  • [2:25] A story of courage from Madison, Wisconsin
  • [4:32] Robert shares details from his trip to Germany
  • [6:20] Steve and Robert’s favorite campaign highlights
  • [12:54] Reflecting on the legacy of a decision to choose life
  • [16:35] 40 Days for Life is making a next level impact in Latin America
  • [18:46] Life saving stories from around the world
  • [22:10] Breaking down the price list for Planned Parenthood services
  • [26:19] Hope is rising from the ground up
  • [27:39] Why Steve shares these stories of life

As the largest 40 Days for Life campaign yet comes to a close there are more God stories to tell than could possibly be told in one podcast episode. These stories represent courage, life, and hope in a way that screams God is holding the pen. They speak of divine moments that only our Lord could orchestrate where lives are being saved and death is met with defeat. All around the world people are making the decision to choose life in the midst of vast political and spiritual opposition. Get a sneak peek at everything God has done over the last 40 days on this week’s episode of the 40 Days for Life Podcast.

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The Power of Pro-Life Legislation with Dr. Joe Pojman – PODCAST #145

Topics We Cover On This Episode

  • [3:49] Shawn breaks down the background of Dr.Joe Pojman
  • [6:45] Why Dr. Joe loves the 40 Days for Life Podcast
  • [8:50] Dr. Joe debunks a few Pro-Life movement stereotypes
  • [11:39] How Dr. Joe successfully lobbied for Pro-Life legislation during a Pro-Abortion Administration
  • [15:39] How the legislative side of the Pro-Life movement impacts the Pro-Life movement as a whole
  • [18:17] All the ways in which the current political climate affects Pro-Life legislation
  • [21:14] How the spotlight of Pro-Life legislation hurts the abortion industry
  • [26:43] What America would look like if Roe v. Wade is overturned
  • [28:48] What motivates Dr. Joe to persevere in the effort to end abortion

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that abortion is ending the life of an innocent child. However, that’s exactly what Texas has leading its effort to end abortion through Pro-Life legislation. Dr. Joe Pojman is a former NASA aerospace engineer who founded and is the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life which is a non-profit organization committed to lobbying for laws that protect the sanctity of human life. On this episode of the 40 Days for Life Podcast Shawn and Steve sit down with Dr. Joe to discuss the impact of Pro-Life legislation on the state of Texas and our nation as well as the legal landscape of the road to end abortion.

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Hollywood Spotlight with Jared Lotz and Emma Elle Roberts – PODCAST #144

Topics We Cover On This Episode

  • [1:07] The spring 2019 release of the Unplanned movie is fast approaching!
  • [6:18] All about the actors playing Shawn and Marilisa Carney
  • [8:02] Introducing Jared Lotz and Emma Elle Roberts
  • [9:19] How Jared and Emma heard about the Abby Johnson story
  • [11:25] What attracted Jared and Emma to be a part of the Unplanned movie
  • [15:01] Dealing with the potential pushback of being in a Pro-Life film
  • [20:03] How the Unplanned movie set differed from being on other movie projects
  • [26:20] Jared and Emma talk about the impact they hope the Unplanned movie will have
  • [30:03] How Jared and Emma prepared to take on the roles of Shawn and Marilisa

In March 2019, 40 Days for Life and the Pro-Life movement will leap onto the big screen in the film adaptation of Abby Johnson’s book Unplanned. The incredible story details Abby’s journey from Planned Parenthood director to Pro-Life advocate. In a unique first for the 40 Days for Life Podcast, Shawn and Steve have the opportunity to interview Jared Lotz and Emma Elle Roberts who play Shawn and his wife Marilisa in the movie. In this episode you will learn exclusive behind the scenes insights and stories straight from the stars themselves and see what it took to bring the Unplanned movie to life.

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Halfway There: A 40 Days for Life Campaign Update – PODCAST #143

Topics We Cover On This Episode

  • [1:29] How you can still be part of the largest 40 Days for Life campaign ever!
  • [4:30] How protesters supporting abortion actually help the pro-life cause
  • [10:51] Robert gives an international campaign update
  • [13:19] Hear the incredible impact that this 40 Days for Life campaign has had in saving lives and closing abortion centers
  • [18:53] Standing against opposition in the U.S. and overseas
  • [21:54] More campaign stories from around the world
  • [24:45] Taking a moment to honor the efforts of the 40 Days for Life volunteers

It’s officially the halfway point for the largest 40 Days for Life campaign ever, and already there are incredible reports coming in from all over the world. Lives are being saved. Women’s facilities are leaving the abortion business. Mothers are choosing life and encountering the love of God like never before. Hear incredible front-line stories from Shawn, Steve, and Robert and learn how you can still take part in the campaign on this week’s episode of the 40 Days for Life Podcast.

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Taking the Fight for Life to Hollywood with Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon – PODCAST #142

Topics We Cover On This Episode

  • [1:28] How you can host your own theater for the Unplanned movie
  • [3:14] How the Unplanned movie became a reality
  • [5:29] Introducing Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, the writers of God’s Not Dead and the Unplanned movie
  • [7:28] Why you should be excited for the Unplanned movie
  • [9:14] Defining success for faith-based films and why timing is the biggest factor
  • [12:29] What inspired Chuck and Cary to take on the Unplanned movie
  • [16:27] How the Unplanned movie brings credibility to the real heroes of the pro-Life movement
  • [18:43] Standing for Christian values in secular Hollywood
  • [24:56] Why the Unplanned movie is specifically targeting Planned Parenthood
  • [27:53] How YOU can increase the impact of the Unplanned movie
  • [31:54] How film is changing the way we communicate the Gospel

Get ready to see yourself on the big screen in Spring 2019! Based on the best-selling book, Unplanned is the story of a former Planned Parenthood director turned Pro-Life advocate named Abby Johnson. Witness how Abby’s experience in helping with an abortion procedure led her to walk out of her job and walk into the office of 40 Days for Life president, Shawn Carney. On this episode of the 40 Days for Life Podcast, hear the journey of how this movie became a reality in the hands of God’s Not Dead writers Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon.

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