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‘Unplanned’ screening hosted by Pius X Foundation

LINCOLN (SNR) - The Pius X Foundation and Pius X High School in Lincoln will host a red carpet premiere of the movie “Unplanned” March 28.

The event is open to the public.

The movie will be shown at the Marcus Grand Theater, 1101 P St., Lincoln. Show times are 4:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 28, and tickets can only be purchased at http://piusx.net/unplannedmovie.

Tickets cost $6, and Pius X will donate $3 of every ticket purchased to a local pro-life organization.

The movie “Unplanned,” tells the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s conversion into a pro-life activist.As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood.

After assisting in a room during an abortion, Johnson joined her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America. She founded the organization “And Then There Were None,” which seeks to assist abortion industry workers with finding new jobs outside the industry. Since the group was founded, nearly 500 clinic workers have left the industry.

After Johnson left her job at Planned Parenthood, she converted to Catholicism. She and her husband are now expecting their eighth child.

“Unplanned” was given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, a decision the directors fear could have been motivated by the pro-life message of the film.

“We had hoped that (the rating) would be different, but due to the political climate, and the fact that we’re in Hollywood, it doesn’t surprise us,” co-director Chuck Konzelman told Catholic News Agency last month.

By giving the film an R rating, Konzelman said he believes the MPAA is inadvertently supporting the belief that “anything that has to do with abortion is an act of extreme violence.”

“Ironically, that’s (also) our viewpoint,” he said.

There is no nudity or profanity in the film that would merit an R rating.

In the United States, a film that is rated R by the MPAA is restricted to those over the age of 17 unless accompanied by a parent or another adult guardian. The MPAA said “Unplanned” earned the rating due to “some disturbing/bloody images.”

“Unplanned” was written and directed by Konzelman and Cary Solomon, who also wrote “God’s Not Dead” and “God’s Not Dead 2.” The movie was partially funded by Michael Lindell, a born-again Christian and the founder of the company MyPillow.

“Unplanned” is the first-ever R-rated film distributed by PureFlix, and will be released in theaters nationwide March 29.

The Pius showing of the movie was provided by the “Friends in Faith Endowed Fund.”

A donor created the endowed fund in 2018 to allow Pius X High School to give back to the community through Christian events open to the public.

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