Partial-Birth Abortion Filmmaker Hopeful Supreme Court Will Uphold Ban

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 22, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 22, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Jonathan Flora, writer and director of the film "A Distant Thunder," which deals with the subject of partial-birth abortion, says he’s hopeful the Supreme Court will uphold the national ban on partial-birth abortions. He said he hopes news of the case will prompt people to see the powerful film.

"We are very encouraged by the news that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the partial-birth abortion case," Flora said. "This highlights the fact that the time for people to see ‘A Distant Thunder’ is now."

Flora, an award-winning producer with Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment, created the independent film.

He describes the 35 minute film as "a supernatural, courtroom thriller that … is generating awareness and dialogue about a topic surrounded by a great deal of misinformation and controversy.”

The movie follows pro-choice prosecutor Ann Brown in and out of the courtroom. The viewer quickly learns that Ann recently won a case that charged a famous football player with a double homicide for killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

She gets assigned a new case by her boss, Harold Shenson. The case involves Dr. Lavin and an intended partial-birth abortion.

The film features veteran actors Ned Vaughn (24), Peter Renaday, and Charlene Tilton (Dallas).

"While we have been criticized by some members from the pro-abortion camp we take that as confirmation that they too recognize the impact ‘A Distant Thunder’ is having on our culture," Flora said.

He indicated the movie is already helping "touch people and open their hearts and minds by bringing awareness of this barbaric act."

The genesis of the film stems from Flora’s own post-abortive experience –something he has had to come to terms with — coupled with the discovery a few years ago that he and his wife were unable to have children.

Flora struggled with the paradox.

"Here we are praying fervently for a baby while America is treating unwanted pregnancies like a common cold at the rate of more than 4,500 abortions a day — 95 percent of them elective," said Flora.

The trailer of the film can be viewed at