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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

"Unplanned" Gears up for Canada

After defeating attempted suppression there, the pro-life Christian film will open in under three weeks.

Abby Johnson (right) hugs Ashley Bratcher during filming of "Unplanned." Image from the film's Instagram page.

Unplanned tells the true story of former abortion clinic director Abby Johnson and her transformation into a prominent right-to-life advocate. Based on her memoir by the same name, the movie stars Christian actress Ashley Bratcher as Johnson, and it ran in American theaters for 11 weeks, generating $18.1 million.

Now filmmakers hope to replicate their success in Canada. But after what co-writer/director Chuck Konzelman called a campaign of "defacto censorship" from the primary film distributors in that country, they are not approaching this passively. He and writing and directing partner Cary Solomon are already engaging the pro-life community in Canada to lay the ground work for the picture's release.

To that end, they will host a webinar this Thursday to help mobilize Canadians who believe in protecting the innocents to go see the movie. Abby Johnson and two prominent pro-life advocates in Canada - TV host Faytene Grasseschi and National Campus for Life director Ruth Shaw - will also take part in the event.

Unplanned was able to overcome attempts at suppression in the U.S. by actively opposing them, and the team behind the independent film is clearly going on offense again to make sure the truth about abortion reaches Canada as well. The movie hits theaters there on July 12th and if you're interested in taking part in this week's webinar, you can find out how via this link.


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