March 31, 2019

Positivity: ‘Unplanned’ star opens up about her own unplanned pregnancy

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:49 pm

From Washington:

Mar 29, 2019 / 03:19 pm

Ashley Bratcher, star of the film Unplanned, opened up about her own unplanned pregnancy during an interview Thursday on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly.

The film tells the story of Abby Johnson’s conversion from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life leader. After becoming pro-life, Johnson later converted to Catholicism and went on to found And Then There Were None, a ministry that helps abortion clinic workers leave their jobs.

Bratcher, who portrays Johnson in the film, wrote on Facebook earlier this month that she has her own “Unplanned” story.

“My Unplanned baby turned 9 today,” Bratcher wrote in the post honoring her son.

My Unplanned baby turned 9 today. ❤️ When I found out I was pregnant, I was young, unmarried, and jobless. My high school sweetheart and I could barely make ends meet. I was on Medicaid and WIC and it wasn’t uncommon to see our bank account in the red. Was it hard? Absolutely. But the best things is life are worth fighting for and this little man has taught my husband and I more than any other human. Having our son empowered us, it made us better people. We learned to love unconditionally. Today, this little dude is my Star Wars binge watching partner, my mario kart compadre, and most importantly my little prayer warrior. He wants to be an architectural engineer, loves science, and drawing comics. He continues to teach us so much about life everyday. I’m so so so proud of this little human and the incredible boy he is becoming. “As long as my God holds the world in His hands, I know that there’s no such thing as Unplanned.”

Wanna help me celebrate? Share your unplanned photos and stories with me!

In an interview with EWTN Pro-Life Weekly’s Catherine Hadro, Bratcher said that she had a “sense of shame” about her pregancy since she wasn’t married at the time, and spent “a lot of years keeping it a secret.”

Her role in Unplanned, Bratcher said, made her realize that sharing her own story would “empower a lot of people to share and say, ‘I chose life.’”

Contrary to those who told her she would throw away her acting career by having a child, Bratcher said she knew she could “have a successful, very happy life with a child.”

“Yeah, I was scared,” she said. “I was young, I didn’t know how things were going to go, I didn’t have a job, I wasn’t married, but I knew that there was this incredible life growing inside of me.”

Bratcher explained that though her journey was worthwhile, it wasn’t easy. …

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