By Paul Strand — Originally published in CBN News
The US Supreme Court decision legalising abortion is still regarded as one of the country’s more controversial if not tragic events. While there is endless talk about the decision, very little is known about the case behind it. The new movie Roe v. Wade goes behind the scenes, revealing how lies and deception helped influence the ultimate decision.
Nick Loeb, the film’s director and writer, also plays the abortion doctor at the centre of the plot to make America think it loved abortion.
Loeb told CBN News: “I was surprised that no one really had made a movie about the most famous court case in American history.”
Were the justices and America manipulated?
Loeb plays abortion doctor Bernard Nathanson who, along with pro-abortion allies, manipulated information and lied through polls to help make the country believe abortion was more popular with Americans than it really was.
That may have helped the Supreme Court justices turn from an early almost-tie vote to an ultimate 7-to-2 ruling to legalise abortion nationwide.
Nathanson, as shown in the movie, eventually has a change of heart, complete with grief and guilt over aborting his own child and some 70 000 others. Loeb can relate.
‘I had participated in the killing of my own children’
“I grew up in a generation where we were told it was a clump of cells and a gob of goo when a woman got pregnant until the baby kicked,” Loeb told CBN News.
He continued, “I didn’t wake up one day and become pro-life. That happened over time from me dealing with abortions that I had been involved in…and the realisation that I had participated in the killing of my own children.”
The writer/director/actor said he didn’t really set out to make a movie that could be labelled pro-Roe v. Wade or anti-Roe v. Wade or even faith-based.
“We tried not to be preachy. We tried to go down the middle of the road. We tried to just lay out the facts,” Loeb explained. That kind of balance was reflected in the movie-makers, with Loeb being pro-life but not so many of his actors.
Pro-life director, pro-choice actors
“You’d be very surprised: I’d say a majority of our cast was pro-choice. Even a lot of the Christians and Catholics,” Loeb explained.
Lifesite News reported that Loeb revealed that one actor 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.”
The main fact Loeb hopes viewers take away from Roe v. Wade is “That life begins at conception. And if they could understand that there’s a baby there, I think it could open a lot of hearts and minds and change folks.”
Loeb’s personal favourite moment was using the never-before-used St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where his character throws a temper tantrum at God.
He said he was richly blessed, “Being able to shoot inside this mammoth cathedral where no one has ever shot.”
After its world premiere at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando this week, Roe v Wade launches on many platforms on April 2. But producers are happy to arrange special showings for groups like churches or parachurch organisations.
“If they go to our website – RoevWadeMovie.com – they can see how to do that, email us, and we can help set that up if they want to see the movie before it comes out on April 2,” Loeb stated.
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