‘They’ve decided to change their lives and their professions and what they do for a living…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Despite concerted efforts to suppress the new pro-life film “Unplanned,” writer and director Chuck Konzelman said dozens of abortion workers have approached their group asking for help to leave the industry.
“Unplanned” faced both a media and social media “blackout,” according to Konzelman, who testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee earlier this week.
Google banned the movie from advertising through its ubiquitous service, and Twitter suspended its account and then prevented users from following it, before restoring it and apologizing.
This “blank, systematic censorship” could have negatively impacted the film’s performance, but it didn’t, he said.
“As I understand it, despite this almost entire social media blackout, and despite this almost total media blackout, the film nonetheless in its opening weekend became the #5 best-selling movie in the country,” Cruz said to Konzelman.
Konzelman agreed — but corrected Cruz and said the movie came in #4 in its first week — and said it has spurred a “cultural” movement that could help pro-lifers finally overturn Roe v. Wade.
“After about 10 days into release, or a couple more now, we have had many approach us through Abby Johnson’s organization, which transitions abortion workers out of the industry,” Konzelman said. “And I believe we have 1 percent of the abortion workers in the U.S. seeking help to relieve the industry. The number of actual workers who have reached out is 94.”
“After getting one look at them being portrayed on film, and not being portrayed as monsters, they’ve decided to change their lives and their professions and what they do for a living,” Konzelman continued.
“Unplanned” isn’t the only pro-life voice that’s faced censorship from tech giants.
The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, has also had several posts removed without warning. One tweet from SBA List included a quote from Mother Teresa. But Twitter removed it, calling it “hate speech.”
“We see this pattern over and over again,” Cruz said. “I asked Twitter, ‘Do you consider this quote from Mother Teresa to be hate speech?’ They refused to answer that. That pattern of censorship it’s really dangerous, and none of us should be happy to have a handful of left-wing Silicon Valley billionaires censoring what is said and silencing conservatives, silencing Christians, silencing people of faith. That’s not right and we’ve got to act to stop it.”
Twitter executive Carlos Monje Jr. apologized to Konzelman for its wrongful suspension of the movie’s account.
“This account was caught in our automated systems used to detect ban evasion. Ban evasion technology is an important tool used to reduce the number of repeat offenders on our platform,” Monje claimed in his opening statement. “Specifically, the person who created the movie’s account was previously suspended for breaking our rules. We reinstated @UnplannedMovie as soon as it was brought to our attention that the account was not being used for similar violative activity, and the hashtag #UnplannedMovie became a trending topic on Twitter.”
Konzelman, however, said the Twitter account was “owned by the film’s single purpose marketing entity,” and that Twitter’s justification “has not — to the best of my knowledge — been made clear, beyond being ‘accidental.’”
“Begging the question, why does this only seem to happen to conservatives?” Konzelman asked. “Or as the satirical website The Babylon Bee put it: ‘Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, an organization that actually kills babies every single day, still had an active Twitter account in good standing.”