Joss Whedon, the man behind such classics as Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Avengers, has stepped out of fantasy and into the very real world with his powerful short film, Unlocked. The movie was created in support of the organization, Planned Parenthood, which provides affordable health care as well as sex education to all genders. Planned Parenthood has been the target for attacks by anti-abortion extremists and is currently facing the challenges brought forth by the current administration’s American Health Care Act. The bill includes a provision that blocks those relying on Medicaid coverage from utilizing Planned Parenthood’s preventive care.
Unlocked follows the struggles of three women, all in real-life situations: the first with breast cancer, the second dealing with an unhealthy relationship, and the third handling an unplanned pregnancy. While the characters depicted are fictional, these circumstances are all issues that Planned Parenthood handles.
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