Despite what appears to be efforts by Hollywood, Twitter, and Google to suppress the marketing of the powerful pro-life film “Unplanned,” the movie’s director has reported that 94 abortion clinic workers have already come forward to seek help from an organization created to help them find a different path in life.
The movie follows the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director who was so horrified by witnessing an unborn baby being killed up close that she quit her career and chose to become one of the nation’s most well-known pro-life advocates.
In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, “Unplanned” director Chuck Konzelman addressed the apparent censorship that he says hurt his film’s ability to reach a broad audience, the Christian Post reported. But after being introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), he revealed the powerful impact the movie has had despite efforts to suppress it.
“Despite this almost total media blackout, the film nonetheless in its opening weekend became the No. 5 selling movie in the country despite concerted effort to prevent moviegoers from hearing about it,” Cruz said before Konzelman corrected him to say that it was actually No. 4 after the data was finalized.
And then Konzelman dropped the real bombshell.
“After about ten days in release...we have had approaches through Abby Johnson’s organization And Then There Were None, which transitions workers out of the abortion industry — I believe we have something approaching one percent of the abortion workers in the United States seeking help to leave the industry,” he told the Senate subcommittee.
“That’s based partly on a hard number and partly on an estimated,” he continued. “The number of actual workers who have reached out is 94.”
“On the order of one percent of the abortion workers in the United States [based on the number of clinics and average staffing], after getting one look at them portrayed on film...have decided to change their lives and their profession,” he said.
“That is truly extraordinary,” Cruz replied.
“One of the things I liked best about the film was that it was not a cartoonish portrayal,” the conservative senator continued. “It was compassionate to workers like Abby who were working for Planned Parenthood, although it displayed the practices that pressure women into having abortions, sometimes against what they would otherwise wish for.”
“That was our attempt,” Konzelman confirmed. “Abby was very firm that she wanted this film to be a love letter to those still trapped in the industry.”
Watch that part of the hearing on the official Judiciary Committee website, starting at the two-hour, 52-minute mark.
The film’s director also explained to the senators how the MPAA significantly hurt the film’s ability to be advertised by slapping it with an “R” rating. He detailed how Twitter suspended the movie’s account as it was being released and how Google blocked their ads. Only Facebook, he said, showed no signs of suppressing their efforts to spread word of the film.
Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) made a remark that many people felt lacked any self-awareness.