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Cineplex sticks by decision to screen pro-life film 'Unplanned'

July 9, 2019

The American drama, based on the true story of a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who becomes an anti-abortion speaker, will screen in 14 Cineplex theatres in Canada.

Cineplex is further defending its decision to screen the anti-abortion film "Unplanned," noting it was "a complicated one and it was not made easily or lightly."

Ellis Jacob, president and CEO of Cineplex, has released a statement that follows up comments the company made last week to The Canadian Press about the film's release.

"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 didn't shy away from our differences — we embrace them," Jacob, who was born in India, said in the statement issued Monday. "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.

Jacob said Cineplex has received many phone calls and emails from Canadians on both sides of the conversation.