I’m curious for pro-life and pro-choice feedback on the above video. (Watch it first; spoilers ahead.)
First the criticism: I do find it kind of annoying when pro-life authors make unborn babies “speak.” I see it all the time, especially in poems, and it just comes across as… kinda cheesy. Pro-choicers would probably attack it as dishonest, and I can kind of see where they’re coming from; on the other hand I note that nobody gets up in arms about, say, talking infants in eTrade commercials. Yes, it’s artistic license… but since it’s so easily discredited, why go there?
But I’m willing to make an exception in this case, mainly because it’s framed as something like a dream sequence, within the mother’s own mind. I find that much more tolerable than all those god-awful, first-person, mommy-please-don’t-kill-me poems/songs/videos.
And I’ve got to give the filmmaker credit for absolutely nailing current trends in pro-choice rhetoric. “The only significance he has is what you decide to give him.” Ultrasounds “only complicate things.” “He is draining you, physically and emotionally.”
Yes, pro-choicers: this is how we pro-lifers hear you.
I especially love the line “I am not someone to fear.” It reminds me of the “face of the enemy” series of posters Feminists for Life put out several years ago (example at right).
Readers, what are your impressions?