‘We are pushing the boundaries of what has never been before on such a wide scale by showing America exactly what abortion is…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Pro-life activist and former Planned Parenthood clinical director Abby Johnson is the subject of a new film called “Unplanned,” which the Motion Picture Association of America recently gave an “R” rating because of its abortion scenes.
The MPAA told Pure Flix, the production and distribution company behind the film, that “Unplanned” will be R-rated until all scenes of abortions are removed or altered.
While the group aimed for a PG-13 rating, Pure Flix President Michael Scott said the MPAA’s decision won’t deter them.
“This is why Pure Flix exists: to give a platform to these types of movies,” Scott said, according to Fox News. “We’re proud to be associated with this film and we are confident that our fans will not stay away because of the opinions of reviewers and listen to those in the faith community who have seen the film and agree with us. In this case, R stands for recommended.”
“Unplanned” tells Johnson’s story: She resigned from Planned Parenthood and became a pro-life activist shortly after.
“We are pushing the boundaries of what has never been before on such a wide scale by showing America exactly what abortion is — and abortion is disturbing. It’s violent,” Johnson told Fox News. “In my opinion, one of the most impactful films of our time is ‘The Passion of the Christ.’ It was rated R. So I feel like ‘Unplanned’ is in good company. An R rating from the MPAA isn’t going to slow this movie down. I believe people are ready for the truth.”
The filmmakers sent a letter of complaint to MPAA CEO, Charles Rivkin, blasting the group for its hypocritical standards.
“We consider the MPAA’s current standards to be deeply flawed, insofar as they allowed scenes of remarkably graphic sex, violence, degradation, murder and mayhem to have a PG-13 rating, whereas our film, highlighting the grave dangers of abortion in a straightforward manner, is considered dangerous for the American people to view,” co-writers and co-directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman wrote.
An MPAA spokesperson said the reason “Unplanned” was assigned an R rating was because of “disturbing” and “bloody images,” and that it was in no way politically motivated.