310 plotlines were identified, with an overall upward trend over time in the number of representations of abortion decision-making. Of these plotlines, 173 (55.8%) resulted in abortion, 80 (25.8%) in parenting, 13 (4.2%) in adoption, 21 (6.7%) in pregnancy loss, and 16 (5.1%) were unresolved. 13.5% (n = 42) of stories ended with the death of the woman who considered an abortion, whether or not she obtained one. Read more at the Big Blue Wave link above.
So its good when a movie carries a pro-life message, even if its covert. Film is a powerful way to sway opinion in the culture wars. Some films like Bella, October Baby, and Doonby get made, which have very explicit pro-life messages. But sometimes movies have pro-life scenes, or overall pro-life messages, without even meaning to! Anyway, we've listed a few for you to check out!
VOICELESS / 2016
“Voiceless” is a new film drama that follows Jesse Dean (played by Rusty Joiner), a discharged soldier who discovers an abortion clinic operating right across the street from his Philadelphia church. Jesse struggles to motivate his church to get involved in protecting unborn babies, and eventually must decide whether to risk it all to fight for what is right.
The film already has received three awards at several secular film festivals, the Christian Times reports. It received “Best Feature” at the Northeast Film Festival, “Best Feature Film” at the California Independent Film Festival and the People’s Choice “Best Feature Film,” according to the report.
WHEN HOPE GROWS / 2015
"Where Hope Grows” will be in theaters features actors Kris Polaha and David DeSanctis. The film follows the life of a man with Down syndrome and the impact he has on others. Polaha told the Christian Post more about the film. He said, “There are a few projects in an artist’s life that remind him of why he wanted to be an artist in the first place. With ‘Where Hope Grows,’ it was whole new experience on a personal level – I was going through a prayerful time [while filming], I was fasting. On a spiritual level, it was a cool moment.”
HOURS / 2014
In one of his last films, which as not yet been released, Paul Walker played the husband of a woman who unexpectedly dies in childbirth. Walker is famed for his roles in The Fast and the Furious, and tragically died in a car crash in December 2013. In the film, his character’s daughter, born five weeks early, is hooked up to a ventilator which is her only chance of survival until she is strong enough to breathe on her own.
When Hurricane Katrina hits the city, the hospital loses power and is evacuated, but Walker’s character stays behind to preserve his daughter’s life. He keeps the ventilator going manually, and risks his life to ensure that she receives the care she needs to survive. Walker’s character defies all odds and gives completely of himself to the point of self-sacrifice so that his daughter can have a chance at staying alive and becoming healthy.
GIMME SHELTER / 2014
A pregnant teenager flees life with her drug-addicted mother and ends up living on the street before being welcomed into her first real home in Gimme Shelter, an extraordinary tale of survival and redemption inspired by actual events.
For 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens), life has been a constant struggle to overcome the harsh reality of a subsistence existence with her abusive mother, June (Rosario Dawson), and June's string of lowlife boyfriends. When she finds herself pregnant and alone, Apple temporarily takes shelter with her biological father, Tom (Brendan Fraser), a wealthy Wall Streeter living in a New Jersey mansion with his wife Joanna (Stephanie Szostak) and two young children.
But Apple's inability to adjust to her new circumstances, and her refusal to terminate her pregnancy, soon force her back onto the streets. Desperate to find a haven for herself and her unborn child, Apple reluctantly agrees to move into a suburban shelter that houses other pregnant teens. Emotionally scarred and unable to trust those who want to help her, it seems unlikely that Apple will be able to adapt to the shelter's strict rules and high expectations.
Inspired by the real-life, David-and-Goliath story of Several Sources Shelters founder Kathy DiFiore, award-winning writer and director Ronald Krauss wrote his original screenplay while spending a year in a shelter for pregnant teens, and based his poignant screenplay on the lives of several of the shelter mothers.
The film which began production at the 2012 March for Life in Washington D.C., presents abortion as the most important human rights issue of our time.
Directed by the producer of the award winning film Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition, John E. Morales, and from Executive Producer and Movie to Movement Founder, Jason Jones, 40 will feature inspiring stories and deeply personal interviews with champions of the pro-life movement. The film will also address some of the strongest arguments for the pro-choice position such as when life begins and "it's my body, my choice" countered by pro-life answers from a wide array of pro-life activists, leaders and youth. Twenty- eight year-old actress Jennifer Cadena, who stared in The Roommate, Crescendo, and the upcoming film, Little Boy, narrates the 40 film.
Crescendo is a short film…a beautiful film. It’s set in Germany in the 1770′s and it tells the story of a woman who makes a decision and that decision changes human history. It’s a true story. It changes your life, it changes my life and it changed human history. In fact, her choice will continue to grow and change the world for the rest of time.
The short film was written and directed by Alonso Alvarez and stars Ali Landry, Montserrat Espalde, Patrick Nuo and Jennifer Cadena.
The movie, which was shot entirely on the Universal Studios back lot, has already seen success in the film festival circuit where it won the Crystal Heart Award at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival and top short film honors at the Hollywood Film Festival, among other prizes
Featuring many African-American leaders, this film describes how abortion targets black Americans and is a modern-day genocide for their race. From the website:
"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."
Though this is not a pro-life film per se, the story includes a character who wants to stand by and support his child and the child's mother. Ryan Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a travelling motorcyclist who visits a town and meets Romina (played by Eva Mendes). He returns the following year and discovers that Romina had his baby son. He leaves the travelling circus and commits to staying around and being a father to his son. His love for his child is very poignant and refreshing in a world where the numbers of abandoned children are rising. Equally refreshing is the character of Cody, Romina's black boyfriend who takes on Luke's child, Jason, and loves him as his own.
Luke turns to crime to support his child and this had fateful consequences. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Golden Globe Award nominee Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following.
OCTOBER BABY / 2012
As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah—unscripted—collapses in front of the stunned audience.
After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future.
In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.
Horton the Elephant struggles to protect a microscopic community from his neighbors who refuse to believe it exists. Helping save children can be a thankless job, just like Horton’s job in the beginning. However, Horton is eventually seen as a hero once the jungle sees that Who-ville is full of living beings who are worthy of life.
WAITRESS / 2007
An offbeat romantic comedy that charts the unhappy rural life of pie-maker/waitress Jenna (Keri Russell). The film agonizingly follows the hapless Jenna as she deals with a deadbeat, abusive husband (Jeremy Sisto) and her pregnancy with his unwanted baby. With every reason to end the pregnancy, Jenna instead opts to carry it through—a life-changing decision that in the end proves her saving grace.
A smart and sassy baker whose extraordinary pies are inspired by her daily trials and tribulations, Jenna fears that her dreams are all but dead when handsome Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion) reveals that she is soon to become a mother. As Jenna begins penning a series of letters to her unborn baby, her life starts to change for the better in ways she never could have imagined.
BELLA / 2006
The kitchen of a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan is getting ready for the noon rush. Nina arrives late for the second day in a row. Manny, the restaurant owner and Jose's brother, fires her.
As Nina leaves, José follows her outside. She tells him she is pregnant but says she is not ready for a baby and is seriously considering abortion. He takes her to his parents' house and introduces her to his family. He then takes her into the garage and shows her his old car and also tells her that a few years ago he had been driving his car when he accidentally hit and killed a little girl. He was sentenced to four years in prison. After being released, he tried unsuccessfully multiple times to get in touch with the girl's mother.
José and Nina have dinner at his parents' house during which Nina finds out that Manny was adopted. José's parents tell Nina she is always welcome to stay at their house. José takes Nina to the beach, which is near the house. Nina tells José of how her father's death when she was twelve caused her and her mother severe emotional pain. Since Nina had no siblings and spent her childhood taking care of her emotionally crippled mother, she tells José how fortunate he is to have a loving family. The next day, before they each go their own way, Nina says she needs a friend to be there for her the next week.
When Juno, a teenage girl pregnant by her best friend, finds out that her unborn baby has fingernails, she decides to forgo her plan to have an abortion, and instead embarks on a quest to find a family responsible enough to adopt her child. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, and Nominee for the 2008 Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture.
One of the brightest, funniest comedies of the 2007, Juno's smart script and direction are matched by assured performances in a coming of age story with a 21st century twist.
Under the threat of interrogation, a frightened woman is forced to make a choice, with a young man's life hanging in the balance.
About You is a video that takes the life message to viewers, asking them to consider when their own life began. With a a thought-provoking, conversational style, a narrator points out what film producer, Thomas Purifoy, of Nashville-based Compass Cinema wanted to do: READ MORE HERE
MY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
There aren't any of the scantily clad women you'd expect in this ad created by the Thai branch of Japanese lingerie company Wacoal. Instead, there's one whoppingly powerful, and tear-jerking pro-life message. What makes it even more amazing, is that Wacoal says the ad is based upon a true story. I won't spoil the story for you. Suffice it to say, it really doesn't get much more pro-life than this
THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB
Only 24 people responded to the online job ad, even though it was viewed nearly 3 million times. And it's no wonder. On paper it sounds like the worst job in history. No pay, no benefits, on-call 24/7, and with a laundry list of qualifications.
Chances are you've probably already guessed the twist. But it's not the twist that makes this video worth watching. It's the beautiful reactions of some of the applicants to the prank, when it's revealed to them.
2 MONTH OLD BABY SAYS I LOVE
STAND FOR LIFE
Written and performed by Shawn Welcome. Videography by Henry Louis. Inspired by Stand4Life movement. www.stand4life.info
ATHEISTS SUPPORT PRO-LIFE LOGIC
Pro-life atheists have released this short and compelling video