Every Mainstream TV Channel Rejected Ads for Anti-Abortion Film

How controversial is it in 2019 to make a movie that treats abortion as something to be avoided rather than celebrated? Controversial enough so that PureFlix, the studio behind the new movie “Unplanned” were unable to market their film on any other mainstream TV network other than Fox News. Despite a huge, 1,000-theater rollout of the Christian film on Friday, the movie’s marketing ran aground when Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, and many other networks rejected their commercials.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

If you haven’t seen a commercial for Unplanned, an anti-abortion movie critical of Planned Parenthood, it isn’t for lack trying on the part of marketers, whose efforts have been consistently rebuffed by TV networks.

Pure Flix, the distributor behind the box office hit God’s Not Dead and other movies aimed at Christians, opens the movie in 1,000 theaters today, but outside of the Fox News Channel, every other mainstream television outlet has declined to air the ad.

Lifetime, for example, told the film’s marketers that they declined to air the commercial due to the “sensitive nature of the film,” the ad buyers tell The Hollywood Reporter. The marketers though, note that the network — which is owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture of Walt Disney and Hearst Communications — previously promoted an interview with Scarlett Johansson where she pitches Planned Parenthood.

Yes, well, we’ve seen that exact hypocrisy before. Dennis Prager’s anti-abortion videos are regularly censored or slapped with an age-verification warning on YouTube while thousands of pro-abortion videos sail right through. Somehow, abortion only becomes a controversial or “adult” topic when it is treated as anything other than God’s gift to women. This is also why “Unplanned” got an R rating despite being wholly appropriate for a teenage audience.

Speaking of the internet, Twitter once again proved that its supposedly objective rules of the road are nothing of the sort when they banned the “Unplanned” official account. After being swamped with complaints from pro-lifers, Twitter quickly restored the account. If the objective was to damage the film in its opening weekend, the Twitter flap might have had the opposite effect: The “Unplanned” account gained more than 8,000 new followers thanks to the censorship controversy.

Despite all of this working against the movie, “Unplanned” managed to wrangle up a $6.1 million opening weekend, finishing fifth and outperforming industry expectations. Perhaps even more telling, the movie scored a relatively rare “A+” Cinemascore rating, which is a measure of audience satisfaction.

Hollywood may wish that films with wholesome, Christian themes would just go away, but every time a well-done movie is made for this underserved slice of the American public, viewers turn out in droves. With or without any help from the mainstream media.

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  1. My daughter and I saw the film in Wichita, KS. It moved both of us to tears! Well done and a true depiction of what a woman goes through when she aborts her baby. Anyone who doesn’t see abortion as murder of a child is blind! So sad to think about how many children have been murdered in this country because they were inconvienent. We should all be sad and ashamed.

    • I completely agree with you, Marie. The most troubling part is that killing a fetus or even an abortion survivor is seen as not being murder. A woman does have the right to determine what happens to HER body but once a fetus is “living” (even in the womb) she no longer has the right to determine what happens that child. We have statutes against murder and any health care provider who kills a living fetus should be charged with murder and the parents who agreed to the procedure should be charged as accessories.

  2. A pregnant mother’s womb is the temporary home for her baby, like a 9-month “bed and breakfast.” During this time the mother doesn’t completely own her body’s biochemical processes. But (1) the baby growing inside her is partial owner of the mother’s food supply and healing process, and this production of nutritional food and then very healthy breast milk makes the mother’s body healthier. Also (2) the father is partial owner of the baby because his DNA is in his blood. And (3) God owns the baby because He sees the combination of mother’s and father’s DNA and can plan a potential purpose for the baby’s life (Psalm 127:3, Jer. 1:5).

  3. Planned Parenthood is a farce. It has a title that infers goodness, a sanctuary for women. NOT! Besides all of the terrible things they do behind the scenes they are also a conduit for funneling funds to Democrat candidates from the federal funds the Dems have flowing to them. All crooked and sinister as a good Democrat would do! There are two sides to everything (sometimes three or more) and the MSM tries to stymie all but their own. That is why America did not elect Hillary and that is why we need to fight off the demonic Democrats! They have no soul and no morals!

    • This movie confirmed my belief that abortion is murder! If a doctor can confirm that when the heart stops beating, it signifies death; then, when the heart begins beating at approx. 6 weeks, it signifies life, and therefore if that life is taken, it s sheer murder! All Planned Parenthood employees that perform abortions should be charged with murder. Why are we Americans still supporting Planned Parenthood with tax dollars?

  4. I came across reading another article. You know how you start reading and see something, click and read it, see something, click and read it and then wonder how in the world did I get here. Censorship! My goodness why? We have movies and videos worse than this. This is educational. Let people see the movie and judge for themselves. I bet they come out crying and saying “I never knew that” And Fox is the only one who is advertising???Watch Fox’s viewership go up. Come on other stations. What are you afraid of? People have a choice to go see or not. You should not pick and choose and be fair. Give people credit for being able to make decisions.You should be making them aware through ads it is available. Afraid of the bullies. Then you deserve the outcome of your actions. Shame….On…..You. I will be a Fox watcher.

  5. this just proves that the demorats will do any thing to split this country. just one more way to destroy our country

  6. I had the opportunity to attend a pre-event for “Unplanned” and hear Abby Johnson speak, as well as, others involved in making the movie. It is clear that the Lord chose THIS TIME for this movie to be made. We see all the darkness in the world (and in this country), and it is time for people to speak! Dietrich Bonheffer wrote, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act”. I would ask each person who has seen the movie to go again. This time take someone with you who has not seen it. If possible, buy tickets for people. If each showing of the movie saves one little life, we can make a difference; and, with the Lord’s help end this horror!

  7. What really turns my stomach, is when I see mothers and their daughters selling Girl Scout cookies, knowing the Girl Scout organization contributes to Planned Parenthood butcher shop. I would like to know why a woman would carry a baby for nine months and at the moment of birth slaughter it. Now if that is in sadistic I don’t know what is. It’s hard to believe that our society has degenerated so far from human decency and morality. It will be a day that there will be an accounting for what they’ve done.


  9. Of course they did, M.S.M. wants American children killed at birth and before. They don’t want new generations of smart children , they may not vote Democrat, they want open borders to get more dependent prone illegals that cant speak their own language, but Democrats will give them sanctuary as long as they vote Democrat illegally. Maybe that will change when Pelosi has illegals camping on her Napa Valley vineyard or Kamala’s front yard. D.H.S. please send the illegals to Democrat districts, the real wealthy one’s!!

    • It’s sick, but to date there have been over 61 million babies murdered since
      Roe v Wade. Go to Us abortion It’s amazing how this country has
      gone down this road to it’s own destruction. Dims want to kill Americans and welcome
      Illegals. Who in there right mind would vote for these evil people?

  10. Thank God that this film was made, and God Bless those that produced, directed, starred and worked to bring it to the American People. We need more morality in this nation, its past time that God is put back into our lives.
    The people in Hollywood that fight for abortion are loathsome, , vile and evil. Alyssa Milano, I boycott YOU, Ben Stiller, Dopey O’Vile, and the rest, YOU DO NOT SPEAK FOR THE MORAL PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. Stop taking yourselves seriously and get right with God. I’m very dismayed at the stars that vehemently want this terrible evil of abortion to success. You should be ashamed of yourselves. One name I can’t get past is Ben Stiller. I have enjoyed his films, and thought him to be a good person, some of the others, I get. O Donnell, Milano, trashy. I guess people are not what they want you to think. Georgia has the right idea. You and your money can blow away, we dont need you.

    • Most of the movies coming out of hollow wood are disgusting anyways.
      I’d rather watch an older movie any day. They at least had some semblance of
      decency. They can take their money and shove it. I told an Uncle once that I would
      not vote for a Demonrat if they lined my pockets with gold.

  11. The left wants to control every aspect of your life. They are a bunch of cry babies. but they do not want babies to live. They are clueless on how to fix anything. They have zero solutions for anything so they have to call on socialism because there they are giving many things free and they think they can bribe people. Not one of their candidates can fix anything, they are clueless and they never mention the economy today. Obama is gone and so where is loosing ideas. The economy is going to win for which ever candidate can move the economy in the right direction. DemocRATS have zero candidates that have mentioned the economy, I wonder why! Is it because thety can not improve on what Trump as brought to the table? The DemocRATS raise taxes, more regulations and open borders.

  12. Who cares if the mainstream media won’t show the ad for Unplanned. I don’t ever watch their programs. I saw the movie and I think it should be shown in every school class from grade 6 through 12.

  13. We too, saw the film of Unplanned. We join in rosaries at the Planned Parenthood in our area.
    I agree with Joanie about this film entering schools and churches too. We must reach our teen girls and boys to let them know about this evil of baby murder.
    Let all of us put our best foot forward and get this into our school systems and parishes.
    Please, God help us all in the fight for life and rid us of so much evil. Then we will have a
    beautiful and blessed America.

  14. It’s all right for these unfettered abortion people to push with their killing a baby out of the womb now and all out infanticide but try to give women other options by showing them the dangers of the abortion industry oh we can’t do that that would be against any religion yeah it’s called the altar of government we can’t go against the death cult it is government it’s a woman’s right to kill her baby outside the womb now what the hell ever let us the biggest crock of crap I’ve ever heard anybody that wants to dispute that the new abortion laws nothing but all out infanticide doesn’t know what they’re talkin about I can sit there and try to spend it all they want that it’s women’s rights no it’s not not once the baby comes out it’s not that maybe is a viable human being at that point besides all babies are viable at conception that’s what science teaches us that life starts at conception but tell that to the abortion truthers you still try to carry out Margaret sanger’s wishes of trying to eradicate all minorities from the face of this planet that’s the reason why Planned Parenthood was designed and put an inner cities and in rural areas to get rid of the minority populations whether it be black Hispanic Chinese or whatever

  15. We definitely need to overturn Roe versus Wade because I’m sure the people who brought that case had no idea how far the abortion truthers would go I’m trying to make infanticide legal in this country which is basically what they’re trying to do trying to say that a baby doesn’t have the same rights as another human being hello that baby is a human being especially if it’s outside the womb he’s pro-choice people who push this stuff I got news for you you’re about to get a wake-up call cuz I guarantee you somebody is going to sue the country over Roe versus Wade I’m just waiting for a lady to do it someone who’s sick and tired of watching these babies get slaughtered on Mass they want to tell you that Planned Parenthood does more than just abortions yeah well then you tell me how they make their money because not everybody’s going there for a mammogram or getting contraceptives that is the biggest crock of shit I’ve ever heard in my life yeah I believe in a woman’s right to choose if she’s been raped or if incest is involved I can get down with that but I can’t get down with the unfettered abortion practice where it’s just alright to take over a baby at any stage of development and just kill it for no reason which is exactly what these places are telling these women to do you’re not telling them about giving their babies up for adoption or stuff like that if they were then there will be less abortions now wouldn’t it


  17. How about piling ALL the dead aborted babies on Nigger Racists door steps like Pocahontas, KAMALA HARRIS, Corey Fagot Booker, Nancy uglyface Pelosi, Ugly Gorilla Nigger Face Maxine Waters and Fake Racist Preachers, AL SHARPTON AND STUTTERING INCOHERENT JESSE JACKSON.

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