Recently, KLOVE Radio came under fire for making the decision to not promote the upcoming pro-life, faith-based movie, “Unplanned.” The movie is about a woman by the name of Abby Johnson. According to sources, she became the youngest clinic director in the history of Planned Parenthood (PP), then a life-changing experience turned her into an anti-abortion activist.
The Educational Media Foundation (EMF) which owns KLOVE Radio and sister network known as Air1, made headlines earlier in January 2019 when Air1 switched formats an all-worship style. As anticipated, listeners became outraged.
Listeners are now outraged with this, even though they forget, EMF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and does not air commercials on their airwaves.
In 2015, I myself came under fire for announcing my full support for LGBT equality and inclusion. I was also flogged quite relentlessly for being gay. Hell, I still am. I am convinced that even my statement on Women’s Rights will be taken out of context to somehow prove that I support abortions. I do support the freedom of choice up to a certain point but that doesn’t fully prove whether I have an official stand on abortions or Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is an amazing organization that helps people who may not be able to regularly see a doctor. In some places, PP is the only medical clinic. Some people have no insurance, some are low-income on Medicaid, some on state welfare, others can’t be accounted for but they need help. PP has helped me in the past when I was first becoming sexually active at the age of 17. When I needed condoms or to be tested for a possible STI, PP was there to help me and give me the resources to be productive and not make any mistakes as far as my sex life was concerned.
In a statement, KLOVE explained why they we’re not promoting the Unplanned film saying, “K-LOVE recently received questions regarding how we decide what movies and books we promote. K-LOVE’s purpose is to encourage people in their relationship with Jesus. We focus on positive and encouraging content that is safe for the whole family. We avoid promoting R-rated movies. We stand for Biblical truth. We have been and continue to be pro-life and believe in the sanctity of life.”
Forget the fact that the movie received an R rating, let’s just rag on KLOVE radio, not because they’re a 501(c)3 organization under EMF Broadcasting but, because they’re not going to support a movie and one that has political connotations. Oh, lest we not forget that non-profits do lose their funding if they start speaking out on politics or anything that could be deemed political — including films and documentaries.
AN UNTIMELY REMINDER
For 46 years since Roe vs. Wade was passed, and with at least 20 of those years, Republicans had the opportunity to shut down Roe vs Wade. They had the control of all three branches of government at one point or another. Abortion in America could have been overturned and it could have became illegal nationwide, but it didn’t. It’s about politics. It’s always been about politics.
As a journalist, I’m skeptical of any movie or film that would try to jolt the public view or views of any one individual and tell them to abandon facts and what actually is truth. Planned Parenthood provides a lot for individuals and families.
Let’s break down the numbers:
In 2013, 78 percent of Planned Parenthood patients had incomes at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $36,375 a year for a family of four. Half of Planned Parenthood patients are covered through Medicaid, which serves low-income individuals and families.
In addition, more than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas. These are communities where there are not enough providers to adequately serve the community’s needs and where lower-income consumers often struggle to find a health care provider they can afford. In these areas, Planned Parenthood is on the front lines, helping ensure that patients have timely access to care.
Many fear that Planned Parenthood could, one day, end up being shutdown.
Approximately 60% of Planned Parenthood’s patients access health care at its health centers through publicly funded programs like Medicaid or Title X. Legislation that “defunds” Planned Parenthood immediately blocks those people from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers. In addition, we know that politicians real goal is to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers across the country. If these politicians succeed, it will be a national health disaster and devastate care.
These are just a couple examples and then we also the right to privacy that’s provided in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
I believe that KLOVE Radio is doing the right thing by not publicly promoting the Unplanned film. I would continue to encourage them to remain active in being a family station. Supporting such a film in any way, whether true or false, would be a dangerous political move and certainly one that KLOVE can’t afford.