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Unplanned Movie Gets R-Rating

The Motion Picture Association of America recently bestowed an R-rating on Unplanned, a biopic about former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, who chose to leave the abortion industry and work for pro-life causes after witnessing the horrific reality of abortion. The film was assigned an R-rating due to “some disturbing/bloody images.” Now, no one under the age of 17 can see the film unless accompanied by an adult.

While other movies perhaps even more violent got a PG-13 rating instead of an R, Unplanned’s writers/directors Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman of God’s Not Dead fame told Movieguide,“Unplanned is an ‘R’ rated film which has no MPAA cautions for profanity, nudity, sex, or violence . . . except for violence directly associated with the abortion process. Ironically, the MPAA seems to be indirectly endorsing the pro-life position: namely that abortion is an act of violence. . . [M]any teenage women in this country who can legally obtain an actual abortion without parental permission will be prohibited from going to see our film.”

The filmmakers are not planning on contesting the rating, saying that the R-rating should stand for “Recommended.”

The movie, distributed by PureFlix, releases to 800 screens on March 29.

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Supreme Court Weighs Constitutionality of Peace Cross

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, which challenges the constitutionality of the Bladensburg, Md., Peace Cross erected by the American Legion in 1925 to honor the memories of 49 brave World War I soldiers.

Those who oppose the cross claim it is a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment clause, but as Alexandra McPhee, director of Religious Freedom Advocacy at Family Research Council, pointed out, “All of America’s increasingly diverse religious communities will lose out if the Constitution is reinterpreted to prohibit any government recognition or accommodation of religion. The Peace Cross, religious implications and all, should be allowed to stand.”

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California Parents Participate in Sex Ed Sit Out

Informed Parents of California recently mobilized a “Sexxx Ed Sit Out” for parents and students to protest the state’s explicit sexual education program.

An open letter to school principals, lawmakers, and state Department of Education officials written earlier this month by Informed Parents of California reads, “[Children] are instructed in their rights to confidential reproductive health services and directed to local Planned Parenthood clinics for abortion, birth control and STI [sexually transmitted infections] testing without parental notice. Some children have even been prescribed puberty blockers for gender transition, and sadly, parents have been so bullied by social workers they are afraid to speak publicly about it.”

The new curriculum covers topics such as gender identity, contraception, bullying, as well as oral and anal sex techniques.

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Live 4D Ultrasound Planned for Times Square

Focus on the Family will be broadcasting a live, in-real-time 4D ultrasound of an unborn baby on giant jumbotrons in Times Square May 4 in response to New York’s extreme abortion law and attempts to pass similar legislation in Virginia.

Focus’ goal is to encourage the world to value the sanctity of life and promote a culture that will help women choose life. “Times Square is known as ‘The Crossroads of the World’ and we’re at a crossroad as a nation regarding life,” says Focus on the Family President Jim Daly. “Do we really want to be part of the Abortion Axis of Evil – like China, North Korea, and Vietnam that allows abortion for any reason after 20 weeks? We’re hearing from people all over the country who are disgusted by the blatant disregard for life. Enough is enough!”

Research shows that as many as 54-percent of pregnant women will choose not to abort after seeing a 4D image of their unborn baby.

The Focus on the Family presentation, Alive From New York, will also include live music and special guest speakers. To find out more or to sign the Declaration for Life petition, go here.

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Lesbian Says the ‘T’ in LGBT Doesn’t Belong

Conservatives aren’t the only ones fighting back against “transgenderism.” Lesbian Julia Beck is also fighting back, too, saying the “T” in LGBT has to go. She contends that accepting “transgenderism” puts women and girls at risk in single-sex spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms and gives an unfair advantage to “former” men in women’s sporting events.

Interestingly, she presents a scientifically based argument to support her position: “The L, G, and B are based on sexualities; they’re based on sex, biological realities. But the T is based on gender identity, which is not based in biological reality. In fact, I would argue it is opposed to biological reality.”

Though we disagree with Beck’s lifestyle choice, we do think she is correct. Next time you come up against those who think that conservatives and particularly conservative Christians are the only ones who oppose “transgenderism,” remind them that there are non-Christians who aren’t sold out on this subjective understanding of the human person and believe there is a real and important difference between “sex” and “gender.”

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