In the letter, which was signed by 29 actors, media and faith leaders such as Pat Boone, Glenn Beck, Teresa Tomeo, and Gov. Mike Huckabee, the group reassures parents that there is no objectionable content in the film.
"The film contains no nudity and no profanity," they write, "but three scenes were mentioned by the MPAA [Motion Picture Association of America] as having to be cut in order to receive a PG-13 rating: a scene in which a child is evacuated on a grainy screen from its mother's womb, another in which a young girl has a traumatic visit to an abortion clinic, and a third in which a woman endures a home abortion which includes some bleeding in the shower."
As they point out, the curious thread that runs through each of these objectionable scenes is that on their own, without the presumption that the fetus is an unborn child and not just a clump of cells, these scenes would never have received an R rating.
“After all, a woman who stubs her toe and bleeds a bit, or who has a traumatic visit to the dentist or is shown an x-ray of a tumor, would not be rated R.”
But by slapping this rating on the film, the MPAA “has unwittingly admitted that an abortion involves a fellow human being.”
The MPAA, however, insists that the rating was not unusual.
"The purpose of the ratings is to help inform and guide parents, not to prescribe social policy," Matt Bennett, a spokesperson for the MPAA Picture told Fox News’ correspondent Lauren Green. “This film received an R rating for ‘some disturbing/bloody images," and that, "The filmmakers did not make use of the rating appeal process.”
However, as Keith Mason, a producer of Unplanned, explained, "We could have appealed the R rating, but it would mean delaying the movie's release for another six months, maybe."
Low-budget films don’t have that kind of time budget, Green explained.
“Having just seen the movie in a private screening, I would say its R rating is downright laughable, which makes one think that it is simply an overtly political reaction," she wrote in an op-ed. "What this movie does show is the reality of abortion, and the political power and money Planned Parenthood wields as the No. 1 abortion provider in the country.”
Syndicated Catholic talk show host, Teresa Tomeo, took it even further and called the rating “sabotage.”
"Hollywood places a PG-13 rating on many films filled with serious violent and sexual content, with the hope that children and teens will fill the seats," Tomeo points out. Meanwhile, they slap an R rating on Unplanned-a pro-life movie that contains much less graphic material, all because of their support for abortion. . .Giving this movie an R rating just days before it opens in theaters restricts anyone under 17 to not attend unless accompanied by an adult and discourages most teens from watching it."
The irony of this rating was not missed by Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic director on whose life the film is based, who pointed out that in at least 13 states, teens under the age of 17 can get an abortion without their parents’ approval.
"Does that make sense?” Tomeo asks. “Well, it does when we consider the extreme media bias in our culture. It's true sabotage and all part of Hollywood's abortion agenda."
The coalition is urging Christian parents not to let the rating dissuade them from seeing the movie and taking their teens with them.
“Abortion is the great evil of our time, resulting in the loss of 50 million plus of our fellow citizens and we believe this film has the potential to be to it what Uncle Tom’s Cabin was to slavery: the catalyst for ending it," they write.
Instead of being deterred by the rating, they suggest Christians do what they did in 2004 when the MPAA gave The Passion of the Christ an R rating – ignore it and go see the movie!
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