Pro-Life Youth Group Says Academy Awards Glorify Abortion, Euthanasia

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 1, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 1, 2006

Hollywood, CA ( — A pro-life group for youth and young adults says the Academy Awards should stop honoring films that promote pro-abortion or pro-euthanasia viewpoints. It chides the Academy for denying award nominations to movies that promote positive values.

In advance of the March 5 awards ceremony, Generation Life urged the Academy to look beyond politically motivated films.

The group singled out for criticism the pro-abortion "Cider House Rulers" and pro-euthanasia "Million Dollar Baby."

“Movies that glamorize and celebrate [abortion and euthanasia] are not congruent with our value system and our choices in entertainment," Mark Houck, the spokesman for Generation Life, said in a statement obtained by

"We want films that not only represent our moral compass, but ones that encourage and uplift our spirits," he added. From a generation that has lost one-third of its brothers and sisters due to legalized abortion and has witnessed many of our peers going through life with broken hearts and homes, we say enough."

In 1999, the Academy chose to give the Oscar to the best supporting portrayal of an abortionist in the film The Cider House Rules. Last year, the Academy glorified the horror of euthanasia by proclaiming Million Dollar Baby as deserving of Best Picture.

"Regrettably, Oscar’s golden stamp of approval is losing much luster and credibility in the minds and hearts of us as young people," Houck wrote in a letter to the Academy. "We are asking you to give us a product that best reflects the heartbeat of our generation."

Houck pointed to movies like The Passion of the Christ and The Chronicles of Narnia as other example of problematic Oscar nominations.

Both of the movies were smash hits at the box office and received only four nominations (3 for Passion, one for Narnia) from the Academy. None of those were for acting, directing or best picture.

"Either there is something wrong with the millions of people going to these movies or the problem remains with the Academy," he concluded.

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