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Rosie DiManno: Unplanned is a godawful film. But it shouldn’t be banned

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15.07.2019

There were 58 people at the 9 p.m. showing of Unplanned at the Yonge-Dundas Cineplex.

I counted.

A lot of couples. Weird movie to go see on date night. Maybe they went home afterwards to make babies.

Unplanned is an anti-abortion abomination and skewering of Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization that operates upwards of 600 clinics in the United States, with affiliate partners working in 189 countries around the world. A godsend in particular for poor and minority women in America and for women in impoverished backward places who seek out means of birth control and reproductive health care far more than termination of unwanted pregnancies.

Women who’ve already had way too many babies, old and worn out, suckled dry, before their time. Women who are tested for cervical cancer. Women who are tested for sexually transmitted disease, get Pap smears, breast exams.

Abortions account for only 3.4 per cent of four million clinic visits annually in the U.S., as per Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report. Abortion rates in the States are at a decade low. Birth control education is working.

Read more:

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The film doesn’t depict any of that. Every female character connected to Planned Parenthood — not just the clinic in Bryan, Texas, north of Houston, which is the focus of the movie — is a villainess, managers of the enterprise portrayed as greedy profiteers, one skinny bitch executive refusing to call an ambulance when a teenager’s abortion results in a perforated uterus, almost bleeding to death. Because that would stoke the alarmist agenda of the protest brigade who pray at the clinic’s perimeter fence daily, videotaping patients as they arrive.

Oh the Grand Guignol gore in that........

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