1. A Distant Thunder [official site]
from Priests For Life:
There are pro-life people who work in Hollywood, and two of them – Jonathan and Deborah Flora – have created a new tool to help the American people wrestle with abortion. “A Distant Thunder” is a powerful new 35-minute film that combines courtroom drama and supernatural warfare to help reveal the reality of what abortion does to a baby, and to the baby’s mother. The film helps the viewer wrestle with the issues and their implications, but is not presented in explicitly pro-life or religious themes. What it does, instead, is to help the viewer touch some of the aspects of the abortion issue that the other sides tries so desperately to cover up. In touching these painful and often scary facets of the issue, the viewer has the opportunity to let the light of conscience and compassion inform his or her conclusions.
The court case is about a partial-birth abortion that went wrong. The abortionist is on trial, not for having done a partial-birth abortion, but for what he did when the procedure went awry. One of the key witnesses is the nurse who witnessed the abortion. She testifies to how the procedure takes place, and to what went wrong this particular time. Her testimony brings to mind a number of real events related to abortion in the past ten years, and also reveals the striking contradiction between the care we give to the born and the brutality abortion allows to the pre-born. “What difference does three inches make?” is the question in the film and in reality. How can it be that when the baby’s head is in the birth canal we can kill her, but if it is pulled three inches farther, we can’t? The cognitive dissonance created by this absurd state of abortion policy is accented by reference to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which recognizes the unborn child as a victim when, in the commission of a federal crime, a pregnant woman is injured or killed. How can the same child, if killed in a federal crime, be a victim, but if killed by an abortionist, be no more significant than medical waste? Common sense tells us that it’s the same child.
The nurse’s eyewitness testimony reveals to the jury the incredible details of a partial-birth abortion: the abortionist delivers the baby in a breach position, all but the head, and then creates an opening in the back of the neck with scissors. Then, inserting a catheter, he suctions out the contents of the skull. This description of the procedure reflects that contained in the medical paper issued by Dr. Martin Haskell in 1992 at a Risk Management Seminar of the National Abortion Federation. In the film, the reaction of the jury to these details is predictable. They are disgusted and horrified, as are the American people in general when they hear about this procedure. The reaction of the defense attorney is also predictable. He objects that it is unnecessary to relate these graphic details in the courtroom. This brings to mind a scene from “Judgment at Nuremburg” when, after a film is shown in the courtroom of the indisputable horror of the Holocaust, the defense argues that it is inappropriate to show such graphic imagery in the court. Similar objections were made in the halls of the US Congress when the diagrams of partial-birth abortion were shown during the debates about whether to ban it.
But in fact, we cannot honestly wrestle with abortion until we face what it is and what it does. A Distant Thunder assists us to do precisely that.
2. The Silent Scream
“The Silent Scream” is a 1984 video about abortion directed, filmed, and narrated by Dr. Bernard Nathanson in partnership with the Right to Life Committee. The film depicts the abortion process via ultrasound and shows an abortion taking place in the womb. During the aborting process, the fetus is described as appearing to make outcries of pain and discomfort. The video has been a popular tool used by the pro-life campaign in arguing against abortion, even being shown at the White House by then President Ronald Reagan.
The film compiled a series of ultrasonic still images of the abortion of a twelve-week-old fetus spliced together to create the video. For the first time the images of an aborted fetus were given an electronic platform, as opposed to the print form of the imagery used in years prior. As a result, some anti-abortion activists began to use the film as proof that their position is science based.
The Silent Scream rose to international stardom when it premiered on the television program “Jerry Falwell Live” and aired five times over the span of a month over major television networks.
3. Volition [watch it here]
Volition places its central character, who goes unnamed, in the historical contexts of what the filmmakers clearly believe to be three of the greatest human rights violations in history: the holocaust, slavery, and abortion. In each the protagonist is placed in a position of some authority, with the promise of more to come: in the first, we find him in the role of a Nazi who is being considered for a promotion; in the second, a respected American physician who has travelled to Africa and studied the blacks; and in the third, a promising medical student on scholarship whose girlfriend is pregnant.
The premise is as clever and well-executed as it is effective. It purpose is clear: by placing the same figure, presumably with the same sort of upbringing, and the same genetic and temperamental predispositions, into the crucible of extreme historical times that demand a response, we may observe his choices, or, in other words, we may try his “volition.”
As the synopsis of the film states, “Throughout history, men have been faced with difficult choices in a world that makes it easy for them to conform. This film explores the hope that lies behind every decision made in the face of adversity; the hope that is buried in the heart of those that look beyond themselves and see something bigger worth fighting for.”
4. 22 Weeks [official website and trailer]
“A young woman is locked in the bathroom of an abortion clinic after her aborted baby was born alive.”
A film about decisions, their effects and the echos they leave behind. Based on the shocking World Net Daily article by Ron Strom, on victim’s testimonies, and real 911 calls about one of the most controversial subjects of our time, “22weeks” achieves to confront both sides of the spectrum and their perspective to the on going question: “what would you do?”
This is the shocking true story about the reality behind abortion and the heroic struggle of a mother willing to do anything to save her child.
5. Killing Girls [official site]
For the last 15 years the population in Russia has decreased at a catastrophic rate. The mortality rate is almost twice as high as the birth rate. The Russian government is trying to encourage women to have more children, but so far the situation remains unchanged.
Killing Girls brings us into the world of an abortion clinic that specializes in late term teenage abortions. Here, abortions are sometimes performed even after 6 months of pregnancy. Killing girls is a story made for women with a women’s point of view. Russian writer Anna Sirota shares her own personal story with the audience, comparing the sad experience’s of her own, with Russia’s new generation of teenagers.
Killing Girls tells the truth about abortion – this film is neither Pro Life nor Pro Choice. Filmmakers follow the main characters when they enter the clinic and stay with them when they leave. But it is not just a documentary about girls who have had to make a tough decisions and only focusing on the medical procedures. Killing Girls is a story about moral and economic choices in today’s Russian society. It is the story about girls that at one point in their life decided to end a late term pregnancy. It is the story of the doctors who performs these late term abortions. Who are these people and what makes them do what they do?
Killing girls takes the audience through the history of abortion in Russia, through the Stalin time to Perestroika, and ending up today. It is story about choices and decisions, about morals and consequences, about sin and salvation and finally about the eternal battle between life and death. This battle is happening today.
6. Maafa 21 [official site]
They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known.
But when slavery ended, their welcome was over. America’s wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not particular about how it might be done.
What you are about to see is that the plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today. So don’t think that this is history. It is not. It is happening right here, and it’s happening right now.
The title comes from the Swahili term “Maafa”, which means “tragedy” or “disaster”, and is used to describe the centuries of oppression and diaspora resulting from slavery. “21” refers to the ‘maafa’ of the 21st century, which the film claims is abortion.
7. Reversing Roe: The Norma McCorvey Story
A powerful new documentary video focused on the pro-life conversion of the “Jane Roe” of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion ruling, has been released by DONEHEY & ASSOCIATES, a Virginia-based communications company specializing in films on life issues.
“REVERSING ROE: The Norma McCorvey Story” is a 28-minute video presenting the real-life story of Norma McCorvey, the Texas woman who served as the plaintiff in the lawsuit that ushered in legalized abortion-on demand in America 23 years ago. The video documents Norma’s years of turmoil as the icon of the abortion-rights movement and the events leading up to her eventual change of mind and heart about abortion and God. And for the first time, the special story behind the birth of the 7-year-old child who helped bring Norma McCorvey to church is revealed.
“This video is offered as a powerful testimony to God’s faithfulness and as an encouragement to those who have labored in the fields to save lives from abortion, infanticide and euthanasia,” noted the video’s producer and director Dan Donehey. “It’s impossible to watch this riveting story and not be moved to feel compassion for those still inside the abortion business and desire to take biblical action to reach out and bring the message of God’s love to them.
Norma McCorvey waited 46 long years to have the Gospel presented to her in a way that touched her heart,” Donehey observed. “It’s my prayer that this video will encourage action that will help change the hearts of many others.”
8. Deadly Choice
from Christian Cinema:
Drama that talks about the right and wrong choices when it comes to teen pregnancy.
This quality landmark motion picture from Evangelical Films was released in 1982 under the title of Greater Than Gold. The movie has been slightly re-edited, and released as Deadly Choice.
A doctor and his daughter are forced to deal with the subject of abortion in this powerful and penetrating drama. They are both are hit with the issue head on, but from different sides. The movie presents the truth, the choice, the cost, and Christ. There are consequences to the decisions and choices we make in life…and some of them…are deadly.
9. One Day in May
Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m. As the outside world yawns and stretches to life, business is booming at this midtown abortion clinic. Clients — ranging in age from 13 to 40 — slowly take their seats in the waiting room. Among them: Angela Stone a woman who can tolerate just about anything — except the truth. Enter Matt and Drew. Pained expressions aside, they’re a couple of Xers in love. And in trouble. Although deep inside she knows it’s wrong, Drew believes an abortion is her only option. Matt’s far from convinced, but he’ll do anything for Drew — including standing by as she carries out her fateful decision. As the couple waits, a tense, sometimes sad, sometimes bizarre, drama plays out. But as the physical and spiritual battle for Drew’s unborn baby rages, the clock ticks on. Will Drew change her mind — before it’s too late? And will Matt stand up for what he knows is right?
10. Holly’s Story
from: Christian Cinema
A popular teenage girl, Holly, struggles with unexpected feelings of depression, remorse and alienation from her friends after getting an abortion as a result of an unwanted pregnancy. Holly finds solace at a crisis pregnancy center where an understanding counselor shows her acceptance, forgiveness and hope in her situation.
Holly’s Story is the first DVD in Cross Wind Productions’ Hear My Voice Series. The series deals with various teen-related life issues in a dramatic format designed to address those issues in a thought-provoking, relevant manner.
11. Tough Choices
from Christian Cinema:
Decisions made in an instant can have lifelong consequences.
Amy Gardner has faced few trials in her young, sheltered life, but she is about to learn that one step in the wrong direction can affect her entire future.
Tough Choices is the story of four high school friends who, when faced with some of the life-changing decisions of youth, make very different choices, paving the way to very different futures. As this moving drama looks at the sensitive issues of abstinence, abortion, and faith, the grace of God shines the light of redemption on a new path for these young friends.
12. Hard Truth [9 min.]
A powerful depiction of the absolute violence inflicted on the innocent victims of abortion.
CAUTION: Leaves no graphic aspect of abortion to the imagination.
Hard Truth – The famous (some would say infamous) video produced by Gregg Cunningham (The Center for Bioethical Reform) and Eric Holmberg (Reel to Real Ministries) and featuring Kemper Crabb’s powerful and genre-bending song “Malediction.” Hundreds of thousands of these videos have gone around the world.
Featured on CBS’ 48 Hours, this music video has the potential to change even the most hardened pro-abortionist. Powerful visual evidence proves abortion is murder. See conception take place in-utero and then witness the absolute reality of abortion; all this set to the most anointed pro-life song ever written – Kemper Crabb’s Malediction. Warning: Very strong content; viewer discretion is advised.
13. No Alibis
A fast-paced drama designed especially for teenage audiences, “No Alibis” includes a brief music video on abortion which may be too contemporary for some audiences. It, however, is an excellent presentation of the facts against abortion by teens themselves as we see how abortion touches the lives of the three main characters.
14. Eclipse of Reason
“…disturbingly stark and may prove harder for critics to dismiss as misleading.” — Newsweek Magazine
Introduced by Charlton Heston, Academy Award-winning actor and conscientious citizen who is well-known for taking an active role in community and film industry affairs. He urges the news media – which he charges with failing “badly to inform the public on the abortion issue” – to honestly consider and then address the information presented by the film ECLIPSE OF REASON in order to promote a better informed public.
“Choice” after all is meaningless unless the “chooser” has a grasp of all the facts.
This film was produced by Bernard Nathanson, one-time abortionist and leader of the nascent pro-choice movement, and documents the intra-uterine life of a little boy at 5 months of age as seen through a fetoscope – a camera placed inside the pregnant uterus. Riveting images of a late abortion are then shown with a camera both inside and outside the uterus. Consistently verifiable statistics emphasize that this horror – killing a child at this stage of development and beyond – takes place 400 times a day in the United States.
In addition, there are deeply moving interviews with the other victims of abortion: women who have been irreparably injured by abortion – both physically and emotionally.
“Dr. Nathanson’s logic and documentation utterly destroy the pro-abortion arguments.” US Senator Gordon Humphrey
15. The Procedure
from Priests For Life
This updated DVD features a powerful one minute video called “Raise Your Hand” and an episode of our “Gospel of Life” TV series in which Fr. Frank quotes from practicing abortionists to describe the abortion procedure. You will also hear the horror that abortion causes the mother as you watch several women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign share their testimonies!
The third chapter of this DVD – “See for Yourself!” – has Dr. Tony Levatino, a former abortionist, using medical instruments to take you step-by-step through the most common abortion procedures. Also, Dr. Byron Calhoun shows two aborted babies and explains how they died. Finally, view footage of aborted babies from inside an abortion mill.
16. A Better Way
A Better Way: A positive, encouraging look at one of the most crucial and controversial issues of today – crisis pregnancy. Pat Boone interviews real people who, in the midst of crisis situations, let love be their guide. They found “a better way” by choosing life instead of abortion. Approximately 28 minutes.
17. Assignment Life
A powerful film chronicling a news reporter’s investigation into abortion. Based on real experience, it includes interviews with those involved on both sides of the abortion issue, as well as showing scenes of both a first-trimester suction abortion and a second-trimester salt-poisoning abortion. (Because of these short but very graphic scenes, the video would not be suitable for young children.) This video is also known as A Matter of Choice and is approximately 27 minutes.
18. Meet the Abortion Providers:
Reveals the stark reality of what abortion is. In this video, former abortion providers tell their stories about why they became involved in the abortion business and why they eventually left. Those who were responsible for deaths of thousands of unborn children bring the truth of abortion to light. Approximately 29 minutes.
19. Ultrasound: “A Window to the Womb”:
This is the pro-life version of “Eyewitness” that contains additional information addressing the facts and personal testimonies of abortion. By Shari Richard, RT., RDMS, nationally recognized speaker, sonographer, and founder of Sound Wave Images.
20. Ultrasound: Eyewitness To The Earliest Days of Life:
Using ultrasound equipment, sonographer Shari Richard shows unborn human life in the womb, including fetal heart beat, yawning, and movements. Suitable for all age groups and ethnic backgrounds. Approximately 25 minutes.