Macau Diocese promotes pro-life American film

Macau Diocese has encouraged Catholics and people of other faiths in the former Portuguese colony to watch the premier show of 2019 pro-life American drama film Unplanned.

May 13, 2022

A scene from the 2019 American drama film 'Unplanned'. (Photo: pluggedin.com)


MACAU: Macau Diocese has encouraged Catholics and people of other faiths in the former Portuguese colony to watch the premier show of 2019 pro-life American drama film Unplanned.

Cineteatro de Macau, a single-screen theatre helmed by Macau Diocesan Social Communication Centre, will feature the film on May 19, reported Jornal O’Clarim, the Catholic weekly of Macau Diocese.

Fr Daniel Ribeiro, parish priest of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady, said the entire diocese is promoting the film with an aim to spread the pro-life message to Macanese citizens.
“All families are invited to watch the film,” Fr Ribeiro said.

The promotion of the film is part of Macau Diocese’s activities based on the Catholic Church’s pro-life and anti-abortion stance stemming from Catholic Social Teaching on the sacredness of human life.

Last year Macau Diocese offered a special Mass and inaugurated a monument for “a celebration of aborted foetuses” at the diocesan funeral home.

Unplanned is a powerful film based on the 2011 memoir of Abby Johnson, a former clinic director of Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organisation that provides reproductive and abortion-related health services globally. Johnson became a leading anti-abortion activist after quitting the agency.

The film was theatrically released in the US by evangelical Christian Pure Flix studio on March 29, 2019, amid protests from pro-choice abortion rights activists. Its directors are Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman with main actors Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan and Robia Scott.

Macau, often dubbed the Las Vegas of the East for its glittering gaming and gambling industry, is a special administrative region of China. It was under Portuguese rule from 1557 to 1999. Macau Diocese has 30,000 Catholics in nine parishes out of an estimated population of 700,000 in the island city.

Local media reports suggest that the city is a prime destination of sex trafficking where many local and foreign women and girls end up becoming sex workers in the city’s brothels, businesses, and homes.

As a result, Macau has high levels of unwanted pregnancies and abortions, though no official data is available. Analysts believe the scourge of abortion in Macau is as high as in mainland China, where abortion is legal. --ucanews.com

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