A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests.
More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen Unplanned for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix.
Ashley Bratcher stars as a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who becomes an anti-abortion speaker after “the day she saw something that changed everything,” says a description on the film’s website.
Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman co-directed and co-wrote the drama, which is based on a memoir of the same name by anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson.
In Canada, the rating varies from province to province. In Alberta, for instance, it’s received a 14A classification with a “disturbing content” warning, according to the Cineplex website, while in B.C. the film has a PG rating with “sexual language, medical trauma” caution.
“Everybody has their right to choose to go see the movie and they have a right to choose not to.”