Unplanned producer for JA premiere

Unplanned producer for JA premiere

Monday, May 20, 2019

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Michael Manhardt, producer of the box office hit movie Unplanned , is slated for a local premiere on Wednesday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.

The film has been gaining some buzz since its release on big screen in March. It has already brought in US$16.6 million.

Unplanned follows the true story of Abby Johnson, the former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. In 2011, Johnson and author Cindy Lambert wrote a book by the same title. Johnson's story chronicles her transition into Planned Parenthood and her departure eight years later. The Rated-R drama shows why an abortion-industry insider reversed her stance on this controversial topic.

Abortion is currently a hot-button topic in Jamaica and the United States.

Manhardt is part of a three-member delegation of international advocates of the human rights of the unborn child to visit Jamaica from May 21 - 25, on an invitation from Jamaica CAUSE, Christians United for Life, Church of God in Jamaica and Missionaries of the Poor.

Other members of the team are Dr Alveda King, niece of the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, American activist, as well as author and former state representatives for the 28th District in the Georgia House of Representative, together with Janet Morana, executive director, Priests for Life and co-founder, Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the world's largest mobilisation of women and men who have lost children to abortion.

On Friday, May 24, Dr King will be the guest speaker at an invitation-only pastors' breakfast with 50 church leaders and the main presenter at a public session and panel discussion on the theme 'A Resolve for Life: Confronting the issues of Pro-life or Pro-Choice' at the Spanish Court Hotel at 7:00 pm.

Earlier in the week, Dr. King and Morana will participate in a number of activities, such as a tour of the homes operated by Missionaries of the Poor, downtown Kingston; the international movie premiere; interactive sessions with inmates at both the Fort Augusta and Tower Street Correctional Institutions, as well as the free showing of the movie to residents of identified inner-city communities.

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