by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2005
Jackson, MS (LifeNews.com) — PBS isn’t always known for unbiased programming when it comes to abortion, but pro-life groups are hailing a new one-hour documentary shown on the channel’s Frontline program next Tuesday evening. The program focuses on the efforts of pro-life advocates in Mississippi to use laws limiting abortion and how they’ve been successful.
The hour-long feature is called "The Last Abortion Clinic," taking its name from the fact that just one abortion facility remains in the state after seven performed abortions years ago before the laws took effect.
Producers of the program say Roe v. Wade is becoming irrelevant in Mississippi because the laws have been so successful.
Raney Aronson produced and wrote "The Last Abortion Clinic" and told Family News in Focus, "I ended up really chronicling and looking the pro-life strategy and their success."
Aronson says the program is balanced but could serve as a wake-up call for abortion advocates to realize that pro-life groups have a winning strategy.
Terri Herring, President of Pro-Life Mississippi, was interviewed extensively for the film and told FNIF, "We have passed fifteen pro-life laws in Mississippi but even those are very minimal" compared with overturning abortion.
But those laws have been effective and Herring says it’s shown that David can beat the Goliath of the abortion industry without overturning abortion.
"I think right now the pro-life movement has the rock in the sling and I think the head of the Giant is Roe v Wade," she said.
Americans United for Life, a national group that works to pass state pro-life laws limiting abortion, is touting the program to highlight the successful formula.
"Are you curious whether laws regulating abortion actually reduce abortion in a state," the group asks in a promotional email it sent out about the program. The group says the show chronicles "the 13-year effort in Mississippi to reduce abortion by passing common-sense laws such as parental involvement and informed consent."
The program airs on PBS Tuesday night at 9 PM EST.