They gave the movie an “R” rating — which meant the trailer could only run before “R”- rated movies and no one younger than 17 could see it without a parent’s permission. A half-dozen major music labels refused producers’ requests to license music for the film. Many major television networks except Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network refused to run ads promoting it. Then, curiously, the movie’s Twitter account was suspended through no fault of its own during opening weekend. (Twitter restored the account after outraged filmgoers flooded them with complaints). Tens of thousands of users (myself included) mysteriously found themselves involuntarily removed from the account’s followers and/or unable to follow it in the first place.
Get the feeling someone doesn’t want you to see “Unplanned”?
The film tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood “employee of the year” turned pro-life activist. Over eight years, Johnson rose through the Planned Parenthood ranks from volunteer escort, to counselor to one of the youngest clinic directors in the country. But everything changed one day, when she was asked to assist in the ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old child — a moment captured in the movie’s opening scene.
It never happened. There was no such procedure at the clinic on the day she says it happened. Later, she said it as a black woman; the only black woman that day was at 6 weeks gestation.