Canada – Activists condemn Canadian cinema chain for screening anti-abortion film

Activists condemn Canadian cinema chain for screening anti-abortion film
Cineplex Entertainment criticized for screening Unplanned, which is said to promote falsehoods about reproductive health

Tracey Lindeman in Ottawa
Tue 9 Jul 2019

Abortion rights defenders in Canada have accused the country’s largest cinema chain of hiding behind freedom of expression laws in order to screen a controversial US anti-choice film which has been described as “anti-abortion propaganda”.

The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) said Cineplex Entertainment has “made a decision based on money, not freedom of speech” by choosing to screen Unplanned. ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur said: “The movie theatres who are agreeing to show this film under the guise of free speech are publicly legitimizing anti-choice views.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/09/canadian-abortion-rights-group-condemns-cinema-chain-over-anti-choice-film

Read more

Controversial anti-abortion film ‘Unplanned’ to hit more than 24 Canadian theatres

Controversial anti-abortion film 'Unplanned' to hit more than 24 Canadian theatres

Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, July 3, 2019

TORONTO -- A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests.

More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen "Unplanned" for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/controversial-anti-abortion-film-unplanned-to-hit-more-than-24-canadian-theatres-1.4491806

Read more

Unplanned Is a Movie That Could Get Someone Killed

Unplanned Is a Movie That Could Get Someone Killed

Apr. 12, 2019
By Caitlin Moscatello

The makers of Unplanned, the anti-abortion propaganda film that’s earned more than $6 million since its debut in late March, waste no time getting to their point. Just minutes after the lights in the theater go dark, viewers are transported to what’s supposed to be a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, where an aspiration abortion (when a suction device is used) is taking place.

The dramatized scene includes a patient like almost every other patient in the film — young, white, pretty — with her feet in stirrups, the sound of a fetal heartbeat pulsing in the background. “Beam me up, Scotty!” says the doctor, and the young woman cries out as a nurse holds her down. “It hurts! It hurts!” she wails, to which the nurse barks, “You want it done, don’t you?” Moments later, the screen fills with an ultrasound image of a fetus wiggling away from the device.

Continued: https://www.thecut.com/2019/04/unplanned-is-a-movie-that-could-get-someone-killed.html

Read more

USA – Shock, Gore, and More: ‘Unplanned’ Recycles Timeworn Tropes of Anti-Choice Films

Shock, Gore, and More: ‘Unplanned’ Recycles Timeworn Tropes of Anti-Choice Films
Anti-abortion films spread misinformation and build a world that is distinctly white, Christian, and conservative.

Apr 5, 2019
Steph Herold & Gretchen Sisson

The anti-abortion film Unplanned quietly snuck into fourth place at the box office last weekend, grossing more than $6 million and drawing claims that it will be anti-abortion advocates’ Schindler’s List: “We are the hope, and this movie is our battle cry,” said one.

Unplanned is based on the memoir of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned anti-abortion activist. Johnson claims she had a change of heart after witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion and abruptly quit her job; others have consistently challenged Johnson’s account of events. Regardless, the movie takes Johnson’s conversion as true, holding her up as the relatable, redemptive heroine.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/04/05/shock-gore-and-more-unplanned/

Read more