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Canadian Theater Chain Defends Screening Anti-Abortion Film

Canadian Theater Chain Defends Screening Anti-Abortion Film

JIM MORRIS, Associated Press
Created: July 09, 2019 05:08 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The head of Cineplex Entertainment is defending the decision to show an American anti-abortion movie in the face of strong criticism from some abortion rights groups.

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Ellis Jacob, Cineplex's president and chief executive officer, said in a statement released Monday that the choice to screen "Unplanned" at 14 out of the company's nearly 1,700 screens across Canada was "a complicated one and it was not made easily or lightly."

The movie is based on the memoirs of Abby Johnson, a former clinic director at Planned Parenthood who became an anti-abortion and anti-birth control activist. The movie is scheduled to open in Canada on Friday at more than 24 cinemas across the country.

Jacob said controversial films are nothing new to the movie industry, but Canadians embrace freedom of expression.

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