Premier of "Blood Money" Movie Exposing Abortion Canceled After Threats
by Steven Ertelt
May 7, 2010
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — The premier of the movie "Blood Money," which exposes the abortion industry, has been canceled after the theater was threatened by abortion advocates. Roman Jaquez, an independent film maker and artist produced the documentary — which contains interviews of whistle-blowing former employees of abortion centers.
They expose the deceitful tactics used by Planned Parenthood to increase its profits without regard to ethical practices.
Sal Munafo and Earl Wallace emailed LifeNews.com with news of the cancellation.
"Despite one of the film’s showings already having sold out and steady ticket pre-sales, a representative of the Spectrum Theater in Albany informed Roman this past Friday that, after receiving phone calls from pro-abortion interests who threatened to protest and disrupt the showing of the film, it has decided to cancel the premier," they said.
Keith Pickard, an owner of the Spectrum, talked with the Times Union newspaper about the cancellation.
"It was just a private rental that didn’t work out, and it’s not for me to make public a private agreement," he said. "It was amicable on both sides."
Jaquez agreed and told the paper, "this was a difficult decision for him, which I absolutely respect."
The movie had been slated for a showing Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Jaquez did go ahead with that refund and said people appreciated it and learned about the rescheduled opening May 14-20 at the Madison
"People were disappointed, but they were also glad that there’s going to be another way to see the film," he said. "They just gathered across the street, and they prayed and sang a couple of songs and went home. There was no confrontation or conflict."
"Since Roman has no way to contact everyone who pre-purchased tickets over the past several weeks, so he is going to show up to personally reimburse all the ticket holders who have purchased tickets over the last several weeks and who will show up expecting to see the film," they said.
"We are unhappy about how threats of protests are stifling the free speech rights of Roman, a local independent film maker," they said.
Munafo and Wallace called Jaquez "a heroic artist who is standing up to threats by supporters of a billion dollar industry attempting to prevent its former employees from revealing its unethical practices."
"This issue is a hotbed of opinion, but free speech, especially the truth, should not be stifled by any large corporate interests," they said.
Related web sites:
Blood Money – http://www.bloodmoneyfilm.com
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