The pro-life movie Unplanned has been given an "R" rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. And while the producers weren't expecting that, they don't appear to be worried about it diminishing the impact of the film.
The movie, due in theaters on March 29, tells the story of Abby Johnson, an award-winning Planned Parenthood clinic director who was asked to fill in for a medical worker one day – and then witnessed something that changed everything. That scene, which marked the turning point in Johnson's career with the abortion giant, is portrayed early in the film:
Clinic worker (to Johnson): "Sorry to bother you, but they need an extra person in the back room. Are you free?"
Johnson (after watching a suction D&C abortion): "I saw it. It was like it was twisting and fighting for its life."
OneNewsNow spoke with the real Abby Johnson, 38, about the rating handed down by the MPAA. "It's like they stumbled into the truth, honestly, because abortion is violent. It is graphic," she shares. And as she told Fox News in a written statement: "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."
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Shaw Carney of 40 Days for Life was the pro-life counselor Johnson eventually came to meet. He helped her find not only her new life's calling, but a new life in Christ as well. He's not convinced the movie needed an "R" rating, but agrees it does describe the killing of the unborn.
"I don't think they think that abortion is rated 'R' – Hollywood certainly doesn't. They're very pro-abortion and they want to hurt the movie," says Carney. "But if anything, it should motivate the Christian base. They gave the 'R' rating for violence – and abortion is violent."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MPAA informed the filmmakers that the "R" rating – assigned because of "some disturbing/bloody images" – would remain unless all scenes of abortions were either removed or altered. The makers of the movie refused to change those scenes.
Pure Flix, which is responsible for the production and distribution of Unplanned, admitted to Fox News that while they were initially surprised by the rating, they're not overly concerned about it.
"This is why Pure Flix exists: to give a platform to these types of movies," said Michael Scott, president of Pure Flix. "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."
American Family Association previewed the movie and urges parents to use extreme caution should they choose to take their children to see the movie.