Babies Movie Shows No Child Deserves Abortion, a Motion Picture Instead

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 10, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Babies Movie Shows No Child Deserves Abortion, a Motion Picture Instead

by Maria Vitale
May 10, 2010 Note: Maria Vitale is an opinion columnist for She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.

I’ve often thought that the babies of the world need their own PR campaign — they seem so often unappreciated in today’s culture.

Now comes a film which gives the planet’s youngest citizens the recognition they deserve. "Babies" by filmmaker Thomas Balmes paints a captivating portrait of four babies, each of whom has a unique place in the world.

Ponijao lives near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal is from Bayanchandmani, Mongolia. Mari hails from Tokyo, Japan, while Hattie is a native of San Francisco in the United States. There is no narration; instead, the real-life story tells itself through the eyes of the little stars.

What struck me was the preciousness of it all. Whether peeling a banana, dancing, crawling, smiling, or even throwing a temper tantrum, these children of vastly different nationalities and cultures were so precious. Why then do we destroy such preciousness 1.2 million times a year through abortion?

It would be interesting to take a poll of those who go to see the film — both before and after a screening. I’d like to know what they thought of abortion before viewing the movie—and what they thought afterward. It’s mind-boggling to think that our society routinely discards human beings in the name of “choice.”

I would also be interested in finding out what prompts people to attend “Babies.”

Have they experienced the love of babies through their own family experiences, or do they go out of curiosity, to find out what can be so fascinating about human beings who are completely dependent on others for their survival? Do they come to re-live the joy they once had, or to discover what they’ve missed?

One reviewer I read said that, of those children who appeared in the film, the happiest seemed to be those from Namibia. They also seemed to be physically closest to their mother and to other children. They did not seem to have much in terms of material goods, but they were rich in love.

I found that “Babies” left me wanting more.

Spoiler alert: During the credits, you are able to catch a glimpse of what the babies look like, now that they’re toddlers. I wanted the camera to follow them for another hour and a half, to see what they’re up to now.

Every life is worthy of a major motion picture, whether the person is born into luxury or abject poverty. Every person is needed on the planet, to fulfill a specific and unrepeatable role. When an abortion occurs, the story line is tragically altered, destroying an important piece of human history. Time marches on, but even one abortion greatly impoverishes us all.

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