Unplanned

Album: Unplanned (2019)
  • Matthew West wrote this song for the 2019 pro-life film Unplanned. The movie tells the story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who became an anti-abortion activist.
  • West told NewReleaseToday it was his producer friend Joe Knopp who asked him to write a title song for the movie. He read the script and came up with the idea that "as long as my God holds the world in his hands, I know that there's no such thing as unplanned."

    West added that he wrote the tune "thinking about the first moments I held both of my daughters after they were born. Counting fingers and toes, being amazed by the beautiful child in my arms. I just remember the overwhelming sense that I was holding a miracle. I carried that picture into this song."
  • The Unplanned motion picture generated a huge amount of criticism. The Hollywood Reporter's Frank Scheck accused the film of being "proselytizing agitprop" and some TV channels refused to air ads for the movie. West was aware that writing a song for such a controversial film would lead to condemnation from some circles, but he wanted to "stand up for what I believe in." Said West: "Writing this song was a way for me to do that."

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