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Pro-choice advocate slams anti-abortion film set to hit Lower Mainland theatres

Last Updated Jul 4, 2019 at 2:28 pm PDT

Actor Ashley Bratcher (right) is shown in a scene from the film “Unplanned.” A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Soli Deo Gloria Releasing MANDATORY CREDIT
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'Unplanned' is set to hit a handful of theatres on the Lower Mainland

Michelle Fortin with Options for Sexual Health says she's disappointed an anti-abortion film is being allowed to screen

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A film panned by pro-choice advocates as “propaganda” is set to hit a handful of theatres on the Lower Mainland.

The head of an organization dedicated to sexual and reproductive health is disappointed distributors are allowing the film, based on the memoir of a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who is now an anti-abortion activist, to be screened.

Michelle Fortin, the executive director of Options for Sexual Health, adds, “The film has been reviewed quite poorly in terms of its merit and just in general presentation.”

She claims there are a lot of “holes” in the story, and takes issue with the fact it is purported to be a reflection of a person’s experience at Planned Parenthood.

“And really, it is an anti-choice film,” Fortin adds.

She argues if you don’t believe in abortions, you can choose not to have one.

“Unplanned” is set to be shown in Canada for a week starting mid-July, including in Mission, Chilliwack, and Langley — places Fortin describes as already being “incredibly Conservative.”

She notes that over the last couple of years, more anti-choice advertising has actually been taken down because city councils and others are not going along with it, given choice is the law in Canada.

“In Canada, we have legislation — the Morgentaler decision 31 years ago identified that reproductive choice was a woman’s choice, and a woman’s choice alone, or folks that can get pregnant.”

-With files from Marcella Bernardo