Girls younger than 17 can get an abortion without parental consent in some states, but they won’t be allowed to watch the pro-life movie Unplanned in theaters because of its R rating. The Motion Picture Association of America announced the rating last week, attributing the decision to some disturbing and bloody images in scenes of abortion. The movie tells the real-life story of former Planned Parenthood facility director Abby Johnson, who had a change of heart and became a pro-life activist.
“We consider the MPAA’s current standards to be deeply flawed, insofar as they allow scenes of remarkably graphic sex, violence, degradation, murder and mayhem to have a PG-13 rating, whereas our film, highlighting the grave dangers of abortion in a straightforward manner, is considered dangerous for the American people to view,” Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman, the co-writers and co-directors of Unplanned, wrote in a letter to the MPAA, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, due in theaters March 29, will be the first R-rated release from Pure Flix, the studio behind God’s Not Dead and The Case for Christ.
“Ironically, the MPAA seems to be indirectly endorsing the pro-life position: Namely that abortion is an act of violence,” Solomon and Konzelman told Movieguide. —Lynde Langdon