The long-awaited “Roe v. Wade” film, which tells the true story behind the infamous U.S. Supreme Court case, came out Friday.
Released on online streaming sites, the film stars Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, Robert Davi and Stacey Dash. It follows the stories of key pro-life and abortion activists in the 1970s as the Supreme Court considered the issue of abortion and ultimately forced states to legalize the killing of unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth.
Nick Loeb, who wrote and directed the film, told Newsmax that most people have heard of Roe v. Wade, but few really understand how it came about or what it did.
“I want people to see the truth, and see what really happened [to] the court case on the way there,” Loeb said, “and I think at the end of the day, for people to truly understand that life begins at conception and that there’s a baby there.”
The film primarily follows the story of Dr. Bernard Nathanson (Loeb), a doctor and abortionist who co-founded NARAL. Nathanson later became pro-life. It also tells the story of pro-life leader Dr. Mildred Jefferson (Dash), the first African American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, as she fought to defend unborn babies’ right to life. Jefferson later served as president of the National Right to Life Committee.
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Loeb said he and Cathy Allyn wrote the film to help people understand the history and key players in the case.
“And whether people walk away from there converted or they don’t convert, as long as they understand that abortion is a difficult thing and not an easy choice, and it’s not just removing tissues or a bunch of cells. It’s actually killing the life of a child,” he said.
Over the weekend, some prominent entertainment news sites slammed the film, claiming it distorts history, but they did not refute or even mention any specific historical inaccuracies. An extensive independent fact check of the film found it to be historically accurate.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser praised the film for shedding light on the radical pro-abortion ruling.
“Almost half a century later, Roe remains so shrouded in misunderstanding and misinformation, many Americans are unaware that it rendered the United States one of only seven nations to allow unlimited abortion through birth,” she said.
Dannenfelser said she was pleased to see how the film accurately portrayed the important events and figures surrounding the 1973 ruling, including “Jane Roe,” Norma McCorvey, who was exploited by activist attorneys looking to legalize abortion.
“At a time when abortion extremists are pushing to codify and expand Roe, [this film] is especially needed,” she said. “We hope it will be widely viewed, spark new conversations, and change hearts and minds.”
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade in 1973. The ruling forces states to legalize abortion on demand. In the past 48 years, more than 62 million unborn babies have been aborted in the U.S.
“Roe v. Wade” is now available to watch now on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and On-Demand on local cable or satellite providers. For more information, visit RoevWadeMovie.com.