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Threats cancel abortion film

Salmon Arm's Salmar Theatre has cancelled showings of a controversial anti-abortion movie after allegedly receiving threats against staff.

The film "Unplanned" was due to be shown for five days before the cancellation. The threats were allegedly directed at the theatre's manager, CTV News reports.

The film is based on the memoirs of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who went on to become an anti-abortion activist.

Salmon Arm RCMP say the alleged threats have not been reported to the detachment, however.

Meanwhile, the film is so far going ahead at the Landmark theatre in West Kelowna on July 17.

The film sold out in just hours when tickets went on sale Sunday.

“The level of interest this movie has generated across the United States and now Canada is amazing," event organizer Marlon Bertram said in a press release. “Abortion proponents are doing all they can to prevent this film from being seen. They have started boycotts, launched petitions, used intimidation tactics, even issued death threats against theatre owners.

"The movie is so powerful it has the potential to change countless hearts and minds on the issue of abortion."
 
The society is considering a second showing in either Kelowna or West Kelowna.

Additional showings are also planned in Chilliwack and at Cineplex locations in 14 cities across Canada.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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