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ORLANDO, Florida, February 24, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The upcoming film Roe v. Wade, detailing the events surrounding the 1973 Supreme Court decision permitting abortion, is due to premiere this Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando. Former President Donald Trump will be speaking at the event on Sunday.
The plot is told from the viewpoint of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a former prolific abortionist and co-founder of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). Nathanson later became a stalwart in the pro-life movement, and his conversion is portrayed in the film.
The film has been co-written and co-directed by Nick Loeb and Cathy Allyn, and aims, according to Loeb, to “lay out the facts of how Roe v. Wade came to be and how it was decided” so that viewers can make up their own mind and “take one view or another.” Loeb noted that it was not a “preachy” movie, but one where “[w]e show it how it was.”
“We spent a year doing research. I read over 40 books, court transcripts. Everything is documented. There’s not one thing we made up,” he added.
Roe v. Wade originally premiered at the Vienna Independent Film Festival last year, and is set to be released on Amazon and iTunes this April.
Academy Award winner and veteran actor Jon Voight stars as Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, and is also set to give an address at the film’s premiere at CPAC. Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, who works with Priests for Life, is an executive producer and actor in the film, as well.
While not all actors are necessarily pro-life, Loeb revealed that one actually changed his position from supporting to opposing abortion as a result of making the film.
“We had one actor — I’m not going to mention his name — who was pro-choice and he converted during the movie. He became pro-life when he learned more about the life of a baby.”
Loeb also brings his own experience with abortion to the film, as he noted that he had “two partners who both had abortions.” Those abortions had “an emotional impact on me,” Loeb said. “As I’ve gotten older, the more regret I have. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have had them.”
It is something of this full realization of the truth about abortion that Loeb hopes viewers will draw from watching Roe v. Wade. “The case gets thrown around all the time without a full understanding of how it came to be and what happened. I really want people to understand, whether they’re pro-choice or pro-life, that when a woman gets pregnant, there’s a baby there.”
“It’s not a clump of cells or a gob of goo,” he added. “There’s a real living being that has a heartbeat in the first couple of weeks that you can hear. People should understand that so they don’t take abortion so lightly.”
During production, Priests for Life president Fr. Frank Pavone had a “very good meeting” with Loeb about the project and took the time to share his enthusiasm with LifeSiteNews. “Roe v. Wade the Movie is very true to life, showing the real story behind the legalization of abortion,” Pavone said in 2018. “I knew Norma McCorvey and Dr. Bernard Nathanson and others involved personally.”
“It’s important that the American public see the deceptive machinations and out-and-out lies that the Supreme Court’s Roe decision is based on,” he continued. “The riveting, real-life drama will be a revelation to those who’ve only heard pro-abortion rhetoric.”
Such an informative role is needed particularly in the current society, Loeb notes, as he pointed to the “silencing” which occurs against those who do not align with the liberal viewpoint. “I have found because of what I support, people have stopped talking to me because of who I may have voted for or who I may have supported or my positions on certain issues. I’ve never seen that in my life until now.”
A large part of such societal differences would seem to be based on the acceptance of abortion, which Loeb described as even being used in Hollywood as “a badge of honor.”
Loeb decried this view: “It is the ending of the life of a human being, no matter at what stage. That’s something that needs to be taken with extreme seriousness, thoughtfulness and concern. Americans are a very sensitive society and we need to be sensitive about all issues, especially the life of a human being.”
PETITION UPDATE (9/26/2020):
With President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are closer than we have been in decades to seeing Roe vs. Wade overturned.
We now encourage the Senate to confirm Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Judge Barrett has a fantastic track recond on sanctity of life issues, has seven children, and is a devout believer. She is the perfect remedy for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's radical pro-abortionism.
Please READ the full story here: 'BREAKING: Trump nominates Catholic mom of 7 Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court'
And then, please SIGN this petition telling the High Court that it's now time to end the activist Roe vs. Wade judgment. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (6/29/2020):
In a decision which has imperiled more abortion-minded women, sentenced more preborn to death, and upset pro-lifers across the nation,the United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law.
Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which held that the Louisiana law was unconstitutional for the simple fact that it was “almost word-for-word identical” to the Texas one the court already struck down in 2016.
In his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged that he had “joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”
We call on the Supreme Court to stop supporting the culture of death and overturn Roe vs Wade, now.
PETITION UPDATE (1/20/2020):
Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C., this coming Friday, January 24th, for the March for Life. They will be praying for an end to Roe vs Wade, as the Supreme Court will hear a crucial, abortion-related case later this year in March. United our voices can change the course of history. Sign this petition TODAY! (LEARN MORE BELOW)
PETITION UPDATE (1/3/2020):
In advance of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments in an important abortion case later this year in March, 207 U.S. Senators and Representatives have signed amicus briefs supporting a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby an abortion center.
Some of these supporting briefs also suggest that now is the time to reconsider Roe vs Wade as sound law.
Please SIGN this petition, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Roe vs Wade.
More than 60 million Americans have been slaughtered in their mother's wombs as a result of Roe v. Wade. This activist, unconstitutional ruling in 1973 has left countless women emotionally and psychologically scarred.
It was believed by many that Roe would be overturned in 1992 with Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Despite having eight Republican-appointed judges at the time, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold it.
Since then, major gains have been made in the fight for life, and many lives have been saved.
However, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, leaving millions of defenseless pre-born children vulnerable to murder.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of aborted babies are African American, despite black women only making up six percent of the U.S. population. 19% of aborted babies are Hispanic.
We thus again call on the court to do everything they can to end Roe vs Wade.
Now is the time for pro-lifers to join together and ensure that all of God's children have a right to life.
Roe v. Wade must come to an end!
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The film encountered difficulties in production when Facebook blocked access to its funding site. “We need your support now more than ever. Facebook has banned us from inviting friends to ‘Like’ our page and from ‘Sharing’ our PAID ads,” the film’s creators pleaded.
Crowdfunding thus became a key part of securing the film’s future, and without the money to run large ad campaigns, Loeb specifically chose the now sold-out CPAC as the place to launch the film.
“I want people to take away the truth,” Loeb stated, referring to abortion and the case of Roe v. Wade which in effect launched the spread of abortion throughout the nation.