The Roe v. Wade movie available now on livestream is an intense, chilling and frustrating documentary about how a cabal of liberal leaders harnessed the women’s movement and complicit media to ramrod abortion through the Supreme Court using fraudulent statistics and a demonization of Catholicism.
The movie’s narrator is Dr. Bernard Nathanson, portrayed compellingly by Nick Loeb, who was an abortionist in New York City at the forefront of the push to legalize abortion on demand. Dr. Nathanson in real life recanted his support for abortion after ultrasound allowed doctors to see the fetus struggle against the abortionists’ pincers. His 1984 video “The Silent Scream” put science to use in explaining his change of position.
“I knew all along life exists at conception,” Dr. Bernard says in the movie. “I’d taken part in over 70,000 abortions. I knew in my heart that what I was doing was wrong, and I lied. I lied to the world, I lied to God, I lied to me. But I kept on killing until I had the courage to face the absolute horror of what I was doing.”
Dr. Bernard decided to bear the torch for abortion after he paid for his girlfriend to “terminate” her pregnancy. He teamed up with Larry Lader, the so-called Father of Abortion in America. A “disciple” of Margaret Sanger, Lader crusaded unscrupulously to push through his atheistic agenda. Both Nathanson and Lader made millions through abortions and referrals. The drive was never motivated by a woman’s right or health but by ego and greed, the movie shows.
The nearly two-hour movie is unrelenting. There’s hardly a light moment. This is understandable given the gargantuan devastation abortion has perpetrated in America. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, an estimated 64 million babies have been aborted. Every 30 seconds a baby is aborted. African American babies account for 40% of abortions. Planned Parenthood made $1.6 billion last year, according to statistics provided in the movie.
In one grim moment, Dr. Nathanson and Lader share a joke jingle from med school:
There’s a fortune in abortion
Just a twist of the wrist and you’re through
The population of the nation
Won’t grow if it’s left up to you.
There’s a gold mine in the sex line
You never bother for the father.
Much of the movie focuses on how supreme court justices caved under pressure and voted despite having family members volunteering for Planned Parenthood, an obvious conflict of interest. It also shows how D.A. Wade’s attorney failed to call expert witnesses to discuss how life starts at conception, bungling the lawsuit in its early stages.
Another part of the movie focuses on how lawyers unethically used Norma McCorvey, under the court-shrouded name Jane Roe, to bring a case even when she was no longer pregnant. McCorvey gave birth to the child. McCorvey later turned against the pro-choice movement, favoring life.
Already, the secular media is slamming Roe v. Wade as conspiracy theory, but the movie’s website has its own fact-check page where it provides the documentation for their allegations (see God Reports’ analysis of the manipulations that got the Supreme decision through).
The movie features a star-studded cast: Jon Voight plays Justice Burger and Stacey Dash portrays Dr. Mildred Jefferson, who as founder of the National Right to Life Committee squared off against Dr. Nathanson.
In a dramatic scene that represents a turning point for Dr. Nathanson, Dr. Jefferson confronts him about the lies and rationalizations he’s used to kill unborn babies. Dr. Nathanson defends himself against her accusing questions, saying that he even aborted his own girlfriend’s baby. But the scene flashes back to the actual occurrence and shows that remorse is beginning to crack his façade.
Roe v. Wade is a must-see for Christians. It is brilliantly written and directed, though it bogs down somewhat amidst the legal wrangling. It could use a bit more of the heroic aspects in this drama, but the lack of optimism is understandable given the on-going onslaught of lies in the media and by liberal politicians perpetrating this culture of death.
Michael Ashcraft teaches writing at the Lighthouse Christian Academy near West Los Angeles.