The pro-life movie “Unplanned” blew out the box office when it debuted in March. I went and watched the powerful film with my boyfriend, and let’s just say that there was not a dry eye in the room.
The movie depicts exactly what happens behind the doors of Planned Parenthood, viewed through the life of a woman who worked there. To top it off, it is actually a true story.
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life.
Unplanned is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.
Now the film has been banned in Canada, where they refuse to allow theaters to show it.
“Unplanned” Producer Chuck Konzelman told LifeSiteNews, “In Canada, Cineplex basically has monopolistic power … the National Post mentions them as controlling nearly 80 percent of all movie screens, and from our limited experience, they seem to have many of the most desirable locations, in and near the major metropolitan areas,” he said, “So rejection by Cineplex basically means we’re not playing in Canada.”
“What’s wrong with our content?” Konzelman asked, and said that there is “nothing objectionable in the film; no foul language, no nudity, no sexuality, and the only violence is that which is necessarily connected with an abortion procedure.”
This was in response to Canada’s Mongrel Media reportedly turning down the film because of inappropriate “content.”
“It’s the pro-life message itself which is [found to be] objectionable,” Konzelman concluded. .
Speaking to the pro-life community at Canada’s March for Life, Abby Johnson called on people to take action in response to the ban. “You gotta stop being so dang polite. Life is on the line,” she said. “Children are being killed, dismembered in their mothers’ wombs. There is nothing polite about abortion, and it is time for us to stop cowering to the liberal media, to your liberal parliament. Enough is enough.”
The blackballing of “Unplanned” has been ongoing since day one. Leading up to its release this past March, TV networks refused to run ads for the movie — often with similarly specious explanations. Lifetime, for instance, said it would not run ads due to the “sensitive nature of the film” — an obvious deflection, considering that Lifetime had previously promoted “an interview with Scarlett Johansson where she pitches Planned Parenthood,” according to marketers for “Unplanned.”
John Sullivan, a producer on “Unplanned” who also directed “2016: Obama’s America,” told The Hollywood Reporter at the time that money was there but the networks would not take their business. “We were looking to spend money, but they didn’t want to get involved,” he said.
Canada is showing first hand just how quickly they will censor anything that does not fall into line with their politics.