A new pro-life film produced by former NFL star Ben Watson is scheduled for release Sept. 17.
Watson, a former New England Patriots tight end and Super Bowl champion, and his wife, Kirsten, are passionate advocates for life. They created their new film “Divided Hearts of America” to “challenge and also educate America when it comes to the issue of abortion,” Fox News reports.
“This is about human dignity, it’s about sanctity of life, it’s about empathy,” Watson told Fox on Wednesday. “It’s about understanding that even though we may disagree on something that is so important and so vital as human life, we need to see the humanity in the other person.”
The film features interviews with people from “all over the political and social spectrum,” including a number of leading black pro-life advocates: Dr. Ben Carson, Alveda King and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.
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“I believe in the sanctity of life, be it in the womb or on your deathbed. That’s my conviction. But with the film, I’ll engage those who disagree and hear their reasoning. The No. 1 thing I’m looking for is empathy on both sides,” Watson explained.
Part of what prompted the project was the slew of pro-life and pro-abortion laws that passed in 2019. Alabama approved a total abortion ban, and Georgia passed a law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Neither are being enforced due to pro-abortion legal challenges. Meanwhile, New York, Illinois, Rhode Island and Vermont passed pro-abortion laws allowing unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth.
“I never thought I’d be involved in a movie, but so many different laws have passed in New York, Alabama, Georgia, it seems this issue — which has always been a part of our national consciousness — has ramped up recently,” Watson told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year.
The film will be available on SalemNow starting Sept. 17. Watch the trailer.
Watson is a well-known Christian athlete, husband and father of seven. He and his wife run a nonprofit organization, One More Foundation, which focuses on hunger, poverty, prison reform and other matters. Watson also is a sought-after pro-life speaker.