Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Yesterday we reported that the controversial movie “Unplanned” hit theaters Friday and tells the story of a former Planned Parenthood director whose life changed after working at a clinic.
The film was released in over 1,000 movie theaters nationwide. It tells the story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, until 2009 when she left the organization after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old unborn baby. Johnson was Planned Parenthood’s youngest director of a clinic in the nation.
She helped over 22,000 women have abortions during her time at the clinic. Planned Parenthood named Johnson employee of the year in 2008. She worked at the abortion provider for eight years before leaving the group. Johnson had two abortions before leaving Planned Parenthood.
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Daily Caller reports that Twitter temporarily suspended the movie’s account Saturday, causing pro-lifers to question its reasoning.
Twitter suspended the account Saturday morning and reinstated it later in the day.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the social media platform for comment and learned a different account violated Twitter rules, causing the system to suspend related accounts, according to Twitter. When Twitter took a second look, it decided the “Unplanned” account should not be suspended and reinstated it.
Twitter did not specify what other related account had caused this.
BREAKING: The official Unplanned Movie account has been suspended by @Twitter on opening weekend.
This is unacceptable, @jack.
— Live Action (@LiveAction) March 30, 2019
Live Action founder Lila Rose suggested her group and “Unplanned” face censorship because of their pro-life views.
“Twitter just suspended @UnplannedMovie during the weekend of its theatrical release.@jack why are they suspended?” Rose tweeted. “You’ve banned both my & @LiveAction account from all promotions simply bc we’re pro-life. Have you banned this account because it challenges your pro-abortion bias?”
Twitter just suspended @UnplannedMovie during the weekend of its theatrical release.@jack why are they suspended? You’ve banned both my & @LiveAction account from all promotions simply bc we’re pro-life. Have you banned this account because it challenges your pro-abortion bias? pic.twitter.com/TBarDx2sU4
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) March 30, 2019
“Unplanned” tells the story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and one of the youngest directors of a Planned Parenthood in the nation. Johnson said she left Planned Parenthood in 2009 after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old unborn baby.
“Thankfully our supporters quickly rallied for ‘Unplanned’ because they are seeing the unbelievable effect it is having across the country, the healing taking place, and the hypocrisy of those who are trying to shut it down,” Johnson told TheDCNF. “I urge everyone- pro-life or pro-choice- to see ‘Unplanned’ and realize exactly what they support.”
Johnson also pointed out the disparity between the rally cry of anti-Kavanaugh supporters and the treatment pro-life women are given.
“Liberals want women to be heard, for their stories to be told for us all to ‘trust women’ — except for when it’s a woman who had a radical change of heart on abortion,” Johnson added.
The “Unplanned” account reported Saturday afternoon it gained 10,000 new followers since the temporary suspension.
I thought I was prepared for this movie, but I was not. It is breathtakingly powerful. Deeply disturbing, but also inspiring. The movie opens this weekend. Please go see it: https://t.co/zITH8W5Fpq
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 28, 2019
And, as The Hollywood Reporter reported, every major network that is not named Fox News has rejected advertisements for the pro-life movie.
Commercials for PureFlix’s ‘Unplanned,’ arriving in 1,000 theaters on Friday, have been rejected by Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, HGTV and several other cable networks other than Fox News.If you haven’t seen a commercial for Unplanned, an anti-abortion movie critical of Planned Parenthood, it isn’t for lack trying on the part of marketers, whose efforts have been consistently rebuffed by TV networks.
Pure Flix, the distributor behind the box office hit God’s Not Dead and other movies aimed a Christians, opens the movie in 1,000 theaters today, but outside of the Fox News Channel, every other mainstream television outlet has declined to air the ad.
Lifetime, for example, told the film’s marketers that they declined to air the commercial due to the “sensitive nature of the film,” the ad buyers tell The Hollywood Reporter. The marketers though, note that the network — which is owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture of Walt Disney and Hearst Communications — previously promoted an interview with Scarlett Johansson where she pitches Planned Parenthood.
The Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, HGTV and Food Network, each of which are owned by Discovery, also refused to sell ad time for Unplanned due to the “sensitive nature” of the movie, say those who tried buying air time.
Other networks that refused to advertise the movie include the Hallmark Channel and USA Network, the latter of which is owned by NBCUniversal.
“We were looking to spend money, but they didn’t want to get involved,” said John Sullivan, a producer of Unplanned. THR reached out to all of the networks; Lifetime declined to comment while the rest did not respond.
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