Unplanned & Disconnected
A Plan to Show Students a Pro-life Film Exposes Academic Infidelity by Rory Leishman
For a striking illustration of the moral and spiritual degradation that afflicts so many ostensibly Christian universities in North America, consider the uproar over a screening earlier this year of the pro-life movie Unplanned at King's University College at Western University in London, Ontario.
Given that King's describes itself on its website as a "Catholic, liberal arts, university college," one might suppose that university administrators would have welcomed an on-campus screening of Unplanned. Joseph Naumann, archbishop of Kansas City and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has lauded the film as the true story of how Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood abortion-clinic director and employee-of-the-year, was so horrified by witnessing an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old baby in the womb that she quit her job and soon became one of the foremost pro-life champions in the United States and Canada. Unplanned, Naumann enthused, is "the story of conversion, redemption, mercy and hope." The film
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Rory Leishman is a former lecturer in political science at the University of Western Ontario and national affairs columnist for the London Free Press. Now a freelancer, he writes a regular column for the Interim: Canada's Life and Family Newspaper.
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