Thanks for the choice

The movie Unplanned played at the Vernon Town Cinema this week. 

The film dramatizes Abby Johnson’s conversion from Planned Parenthood abortion facility manager to pro-life advocate.

Although Canadians believe in free expression, there has been backlash about how theatres can play a pro-life movie. On the Vernon and Area Facebook Community Forum, some people even commented how they will boycott the theatre. 

However, I was very thankful to read an open letter dated July 8 from Ellis Jacob, CEO of Cineplex, regarding the decision to play the movie. He writes:

“When I immigrated to Canada back in 1969, one of the things that I loved, and still love, the most about living here was that we don’t shy away from our differences, we embrace them. Canada is a country that believes in and rallies behind freedom of expression, but that isn’t always an easy thing to do and it certainly doesn’t always make you popular.  In this instance, many of us will have to set aside our own personal beliefs and remember that living in a country that censors content, opinions and points of view because they are different from our own is not a country that any of us would want to live in… I understand and can appreciate concerns about the film, but it is up to each of us to decide whether of not we want to see it. In Canada, we have that option, and I think it is an important thing to remember.”

Controversial movies are not a new thing. If you don’t agree with the movie or don’t want to see it – don’t.  Let’s  be thankful that in Canada we have a choice.

Thank you, Vernon Town Cinema for playing Unplanned and supporting freedom of expression.

Anne Graham

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