Irreplaceable is a powerful documentary on the state of the family in our society, and how this impacts each of us, personally. The filmmakers include academic research as well as many poignant personal interviews. While acknowledging the depth of wounded-ness (culturally and personally) in these areas, the viewer is still left with tremendous hope. In the words of one of the filmmakers, “It is better to be a redeemed family than a perfect family.”
On Tuesday, April 22nd, Phelim joined a Bloggers Briefing at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. to talk about the project and provide an update on funding. Interestingly, while he and his wife are now in the filmmaking business, Phelim started out his career as a crime reporter in North Ireland. That background led him to a court room in Philadelphia last year to check out the trial of abortionist Gosnell.
McAleer was completely shocked that the courtroom was virtually empty, and the story was nearly devoid of coverage, except for pro-lifers.
That’s the motivation behind this campaign and film – to make Gosnell a household name. Social media helped during the trial last year, but there is still widespread ignorance of the story. By donating to the Gosnell Movie, and encouraging your friends and family to do, you can play a small part in bringing this story to national attention.
More importantly – when people are confronted with the reality of post-birth, partial-birth, and late term abortion, they are forced to grapple with the evil of abortion. The McAleer’s story exposing Gosnell will do just that, and thus the film could be very influential in impacting our culture for life.
Some of the phrases that the First Lady uses in talking about her pregnancy experience:
“expecting our first daughter”
“panic at the prospect of bringing this little person into the world”
“our little girl”
“when your baby is born”
The First Lady’s comments are very sweet, and while we may disagree about her husband’s politics and policy, it seems that the First Lady is a wonderful mom. Even a recent article from the conservative website, The Federalist, talks about “5 Ways Michelle Obama is a Great First Lady.” The fact that she prioritizes family over her First Lady duties is commendable.
However, her aforementioned phrases – and so many other references to pregnancy in the popular culture – prove the point that technically, everyone is pro-life – when it comes to expected or wanted pregnancies.
Be on the look-out for these references – in the news, on TV, in the movies, in celebrity gossip. They can offer a “teachable moment” to share the truth with a friend and graciously point out how it’s not only wrong, but it’s discriminatory to support abortion just because a pregnancy is “unexpected or unwanted.” Those babies develop exactly the same as those whose parents desire children!
In fact, the Bump blog has some fantastic resources on fetal development. Prospective moms can enter their due date and track the growth of their baby. Another great resource that you can share with a friend who needs to be convinced of the humanity of unborn babies is the Endowment for Human Development – take a few minutes on this site to familiarize yourself with the amazing stages of human development in the womb. One by one we can change the culture until every baby – whether expected or not – is welcomed into this world.
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