“Unplanned’ Movie Opens This Weekend in Theaters Across Canada Despite Pro-Abortion Threats

International   Micaiah Bilger   Jul 12, 2019   |   11:21AM    Ottawa, Canada

The pro-life film “Unplanned” opens in theaters across Canada on Friday, despite threats of violence, demands for censorship and protests by abortion activists.

“Unplanned” is based on the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who became pro-life after watching an unborn baby be aborted on an ultrasound screen. It received overwhelming support in American theaters this spring, but filmmakers faced numerous hurdles trying to bring it to Canadian audiences.

The Star reports 56 theaters plan to show the film starting Friday. However, there are no scheduled showings in two provinces, including Prince Edward Island.

“Like many of our members and pro-life supporters on Prince Edward Island, I was massively disappointed and upset,” Pat Wiedemer, executive director of PEI Right to Life Association, told the CBC. “What is the underlying motive for not allowing Islanders to make their own decision on this film?”

She said they may try to hold a private showing sometime in the future.

Some theaters canceled their planned showings after receiving death threats, and others are increasing security because of planned pro-abortion protests. Still more refused to show the film because of censorship efforts by abortion activists. News reports mention pro-abortion protests in Edmonton, Calgary and London.

Mark Mercer, a professor of philosophy at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, told The Star that abortion activists are trying to stifle debate through their outrage over the film.

“They don’t trust them to see this film, to listen to other voices, to make up their own mind,” he said. “ … That can push [anti-abortion people] underground, and that can make things even worse.”

Abby Johnson previously commented about the hostilities in Canada as well.

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“I have to wonder what they’re afraid of,” she said. “I’m also deeply concerned that many people here have not been able to speak publicly, because they are concerned about punishment. That is not democracy; that is oppression.”

Ironically, Canadian abortion activists are attacking the film by claiming it could incite violence against abortionists.

Here’s the latest list of theaters where UNPLANNED is showing:

THEATER CITY/TOWN PRV PLAYDATES
INDEPENDENT – MOVIE MILL LETHBRIDGE AB 7/12-18
MAGIC LANTERN – CARNIVAL CINEMA RED DEER AB 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – COCHRANE MOVIE HOUSE COCHRANE AB 7/15
INDEPENDENT – JEWEL THEATRE STETTLER AB 7/20-21
CINEPLEX – ODEON SOUTH EDMONTON COMMONS 16 EDMONTON AB 7/12-18
CINEPLEX – SCOTIABANK CHINOOK 17 CALGARY AB 7/12-18
LANDMARK CINEMAS 10 SHAWNESSY CALGARY AB 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – ROXY THEATRE BARRHEAD AB 7/13 & 15
INDEPENDENT – LEDUC CINEMAS LEDUC AB 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – GRAND SQUARE CINEMA COLD LAKE AB 7/12-17
INDEPENDENT – HOLLYWOOD 3 PITT MEADOWS BC 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – COTTONWOOD 4 CINEMAS CHILLIWACK BC 7/12-18
CINEPLEX CINEMA LANGLEY LANGLEY BC 7/12-18
CINEPLEX – SILVERCITY MISSION CINEMAS MISSION BC 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – HOLLYWOOD 3 SURREY BC 7/12-18
LANDMARK CINEMAS 4 UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS VICTORIA BC 7/15 & 17
LANDMARK – COLUMBIA THEATRE CRANBROOK BC 7/17
INDEPENDENT – VERNON TOWNE CINEMA VERNON BC 7/12-18
LANDMARK – AVALON CINEMAS NANAIMO BC 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – ROBLIN THEATRE ROBLIN MB 7/12-13
CINEPLEX – SCOTIABANK THEATRE WINNIPEG WINNIPEG MB 7/12-18
LANDMARK CINEMAS 5 WINKLER WINKLER MB 7/12-18
LANDMARK CINEMAS 9 BRANDON BRANDON MB 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – KEYSTONE CINEMA STEINBACH MB 7/19-25
INDEPENDENT – APOLLO CINEMAS BATHURST NB 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – CINEMA V EDMUNDSTON NB 7/12-18
CINEDICOM BIG SCREEN – GLAD TIDINGS CHURCH MONCTON NB 7/26
INDEPENDENT – CINEMA BURIN BURIN ARMS NL 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – CLARENVILLE TWIN CINEMAS CLARENVILLE NL 7/19-25
CINEPLEX CINEMAS DARTMOUTH CROSSING DARTMOUTH NS 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – PORT THEATRE CORNWALL ON 7/12-18
IMAGINE CINEMAS DOWNTOWN MOVIE LOUNGE SUDBURY ON 7/12-18
IMAGINE – LAKESHORE CINEMAS WINDSOR ON 7/12-18
IMAGINE – IMAGINE CINEMAS ST LAURENT OTTAWA ON 7/12-18
CINEPLEX – YONGE & DUNDAS TORONTO ON 7/12-18
CINEPLEX CINEMAS VAUGHAN VAUGHAN ON 7/12-18
CINEPLEX WINSTON CHURCHILL 24 OAKVILLE OAKVILLE ON 7/12-18
CINEPLEX – SILVERCITY LONDON 12 LONDON ON 7/12-18
CINEPLEX – SILVERCITY WINDSOR WINDSOR ON 7/12-18
CINEPLEX – SCOTIABANK THEATRE OTTAWA OTTAWA ON 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – CINE STARZ MISSISSAUGA MISSISSAUGA ON 7/12-17
INDEPENDENT – CINE STARZ BURLINGTON BURLINGTON ON 7/12-17
LANDMARK CINEMAS 12 KITCHENER KITCHENER ON 7/12-18
LANDMARK CINEMAS 24 KANATA KANATA ON 7/12-18
LANDMARK CINEMAS 24 WHITBY WHITBY ON 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – KINGSWAY THEATRE TORONTO ON 7/12-18
IMAGINE CINEMAS CINEMA 6 TIMMINS ON 7/15 & 17
INDEPENDENT – UPTOWN THEATRE BARRIE ON 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – RIDGE FILM HOUSE RIDGEWAY ON 7/12-18
LANDMARK CINEMAS 10 PEN CENTRE ST. CATHARINES ON 7/12, 15 & 17
INDEPENDENT – WOODSIDE CINEMA SCARBOROUGH ON 7/12-18
CINEMA GUZZO – CINEMA DES SOURCES 10 DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX QC 7/12-18
CINEMA GUZZO – MEGAPLEX SPHERETECH SAINT-LAURENT QC 7/12-18
CINEMA GUZZO – MEGAPLEX MARCHE CENTRAL 18 MONTREAL QC 7/12-18
CINEMA GUZZO – MEGA-PLEX LACORDAIRE 16 MONTREAL QC 7/12-18
CINEMA GUZZO – MEGAPLEX TASCHEREAU 18 GREENFIELD PARK QC 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – KAMSACK PLAYHOUSE THEATRE KAMSACK SK 7/12-14
CINEPLEX CINEMAS NORMANVIEW REGINA SK 7/12-18
CINEPLEX – SCOTIABANK THEATRE SASKATOON SASKATOON SK 7/12-18
INDEPENDENT – MAY CINEMA 6 LLOYDMINSTER SK 7/12-18