By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2009 ( – To mark the 36th Memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion, Operation Rescue and Born Alive Truth is sponsoring the world premiere of the new movie “22 Weeks” in the nation’s capitol on the eve of the March for Life. 

The movie, which is approximately 30 minutes long, is based on the true story of a woman who had an abortion at an Orlando abortion clinic in her 22nd week of pregnancy. During the abortion, however, something goes wrong, and her tiny son is born alive.

“This powerful movie is a strong statement about abortion in general and late-term abortion in particular, and the devastating impact abortions have, not only on the mothers, but the people around them,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is particularly relevant in light of recent events involving the nation’s biggest late-term abortionist George Tiller.”

Tiller, who has built his reputation killing babies after 22 weeks gestation, faces 19 criminal charges of conducting illegal abortions. Operation Rescue also released the results of an undercover investigation earlier this week that caught Tiller’s abortion clinic altering the results of a sonogram so as to appear to be complying with the law.

The D.C. premiere, which will be free of charge, will show the day before the March for Life at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. The venue will be Phoenix Theaters Union Station on 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 

Due to strong subject matter, parental discretion is advised.

The movie will also open in Orlando, Florida at Cornerstone Church on January 20 at 7 p.m. (

A third showing will take place in Wichita, Kansas, on January 22 at 6:30, at Operation Rescue National Headquarters. (

The locations were chosen because of their significance to the story of “22 Weeks.” Orlando, Florida is where the incident in the story took place, and Wichita, Kansas, is considered the Late-term Abortion Capital of the World, where babies are aborted up until the day before birth.

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