The Caring Outreach Presents:
What's Happening in Media
Note: The media sources reported in this section are not being endorsed by
The Caring Outreach but are listed to keep you informed of pro-life happenings
in the mainstream media.
Click any of the categories below to read what's happening in media...
Television . . Internet. ..Print. . Movies
- The National Geographic Society aired a two hour production “Inside
the Womb with Multiples” that was beautifully produced. The Illinois
Federation for Right to Life sent out the following information in their
daily e-news. Triplets in the Womb Caught on Video - Jennifer
Bennett was pregnant with triplets. She and her husband, Daniel, allowed
the National Geographic Channel to “document via ultrasound” the
development of the three babies, inside her womb. The ultrasound
videos were then digitized to produce a computer-generated, three-dimensional
video of the pre-born triplets. The stunning result revealed clear images
of the unborn babies, kicking, jockeying for position, and even holding
hands. Kudos to ABC for this short and positive segment…
To watch portions of this amazing video, please visit: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=2788933
- The TV program, House, dealt with abortion twice
in 2007. At first the rude, unsentimental, yet somehow lovable Dr. Gregory
House (Hugh Laurie) sticks to his pro-abortion guns. In a Jan. 20 episode,
House advises a rape victim to "terminate" the resulting pregnancy.
"Abortion is murder!" the young woman objects.
"True, it's a life," he replies: "And you should end it."
Later in the conversation, the woman says of abortion,
against it . . . You're for it?"
"Not as a general rule," he says, referring to murder.
She presses him, "Just for unborn children?"
"Yes," he says.
Later, House and the woman discuss God. (She believes in Him; House doesn't.)
The episode is remarkable because, though House is always condescending,
the scriptwriters allow the woman to state her faith-based, pro-life case
without making her seem silly or blindly hyper-religious. Inexplicably, though,
the woman has the abortion.
"House does not shrink from controversy," said Robert Knight,
director of the Virginia-based Culture and Media Institute. "And the most
controversial thing you can do on TV is challenge political correctness on
An April 3, 2007, installment of House went further. This time,
Dr. House and his team treat Emma, a photographer about 19 weeks pregnant
with a life-threatening heart condition. House's basic message: The "fetus" is
threatening your life. Abort or die. But Emma refuses to abort and demands
that House save them both.
House's boss, physician Lisa Cuddy, refuses to back House's recommendation
to terminate. That sends the medical team, now led by Cuddy, in search of
new treatment. Later, when House agrees to participate in exploratory in
utero surgery, the hand of the "fetus" emerges from the incision
and briefly grasps House's finger. He freezes in astonishment and—in
something wholly alien to his grizzled character—rapt wonder.
"It was some of the most shocking footage …ever seen on TV," Knight
said of the reenactment of the controversial 1999 photo in which a 21-week-old
baby seems to reach from his mother's womb during prenatal surgery and grasp
the surgeon's hand.
"House was stunned," Knight said. And, in a stunningly un-Hollywood
development, House thereafter refers to the "fetus" as a "baby."
Emma thanks House after he saves mother and child. Thank Dr. Cuddy, he replies.
He would have killed the baby to save the mother. And so House remains House:
Prickly, pragmatic—and pro-choice.
*This scene had been posted on www.youtube but was removed due to terms
of use violation.
Editor’s note: This episode shared remarkable details with the
photo taken of the experimental surgery performed on Samuel Armas in 1999
by Michael Clancy.
This story and the amazing photo that has been
printed around the world can be found at:
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Pictures of the Developing Baby on YouTube
4D Ultrasound Sonogram, Baby in Womb - a DVD from National
Geographic (2-minutes and 30-seconds) and can be viewed on YouTube
Pictures of Human Life - the Developing Child
www.lifenews.com offers pictures of the developing child with updates. Two sets currently available can be found at:
This site offers a search option on its home page.
Powerful! Abortion Procedures on YouTube
The O'Reilly Factor - America's Dirty Little Secret
Bill O’Reilly interviewing a young woman who had a five day saline
abortion process at the age of 14 to abort her child. Watch the
interview at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=rZTDxdYRsBk&feature=related
Father Frank Pavone – This is a suction abortion - 2-minutes
Father Frank Pavone – This is a dismemberment abortion -
3-minutes and 46-seconds.
The Silent Scream (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) A
Pro-Life Anti-Abortion Video
The Silent Scream (27-minutes) is on YouTube with
permission from APF.
Bernard Nathanson offers an explanation
of ultrasound methods of the unborn using fetal models with comments on development
and how an abortion is done. He shows a victim of abortion using an
ultrasound while the baby is being aborted...
Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjNo_0cW-ek#
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The PLOTS THICKEN
by Lynn Vincent, World Magazine
January 12, 2008
As Roe v. Wade turns 35, some in Hollywood are changing their minds
about "choice." and it's showing up on the silver screen (and on television).
At a Feminists for Life event at UCLA, keynote speaker and actress Patricia
Heaton asked the crowd of about 100 how many were pro-life and how many were
pro-choice. A show of hands revealed a mixed group, but heavy on pro-life
views. Heaton then asked a pro-life member of the audience to explain why
she held that view. "I don't want to judge my parents because they did what was right for them," said
one young woman.
"But I've grown up knowing that they aborted two of my siblings. I've grown up my whole life wondering if they were glad they kept me."
Like that young woman, many of today's filmmakers grew up ravaged both by the divorce culture and the promises of the sexual revolution, Nicolosi said: "The
pro-life themes in their films aren't political statements-they're cultural
statements. Gen-X and Millennial filmmakers understand that an abortion most
often means mom just didn't want to be inconvenienced, in the same way she
just didn't want to stay married to dad."
NRL News -
Photo of Unborn Baby's Hand Continues to Change Hearts
One moment can change your life. That's what Michael Clancy has
discovered in the eight and a half years since he snapped the groundbreaking
photo of an unborn baby clutching his doctor's hand during fetal surgery.
Clancy is now a fervent pro-lifer, spreading the message that unborn babies
are precious human beings and deserve protection. He will be a featured speaker
at the upcoming NRL Convention in Washington, D.C., July 3-5.
"It was the earliest human interaction ever recorded," Clancy told NRL News. "It
proved that the child at 21 weeks in utero is a reactive human being."
When he took the photo in August 1999, Clancy was a freelance photographer
filming the fetal surgery procedure for USA Today. Unborn baby Samuel Armas
had been diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, which occur when
the spinal column fails to fuse properly, leaving a lesion (or opening) that
is highly susceptible to infection. Dr. Joseph Bruner and his team at Vanderbilt
University were operating to close the lesion.
After the incision was made
in mother Julie Armas's abdomen, her uterus was removed and laid on her thighs.
An opening was made in the uterus, and the surgeons were supposed to operate
on Samuel without any part of his body emerging from inside.
Clancy eloquently describes on his web site, www.michaelclancy.com, "out
of the corner of my eye I saw the uterus shake, but no one's hands were near
it. It was shaking from within. Suddenly, an entire arm thrust out of the
opening, then pulled back until just a little hand was showing.
"The doctor reached over and lifted the hand, which reacted and squeezed
the doctor's finger. As if testing for strength, the doctor shook the tiny
fist. Samuel held firm. I took the picture! Wow! It happened so fast that
the nurse standing next to me asked, 'What happened?' 'The child reached
out,' I said. 'Oh. They do that all the time,' she responded."
The amazing photograph of Samuel reaching out to his doctor appeared in
USA Today and The Tennessean September 7, 1999. Although Clancy never sought
notoriety, his work immediately caught the attention of the media and of
people around the world.
Clancy was shocked, however, when fetal surgeon
Joseph Bruner told USA Today in May 2000 that the photo did not show purposeful
movement by Samuel. Bruner claimed that he saw the hand near the incision
and he "reached over and picked it up. . The baby did not reach out. The
baby was anesthetized. The baby was not aware of what was going on."
But Clancy posted on his web site the series of frames that depict the moment
of contact between Samuel and Dr. Bruner, and they show that Samuel is moving
his own hand, grasping the doctor.
"The doctor questioned my credibility," Clancy told NRL News. "But Samuel
punched out, and even damaged the surgical opening. That 21-week-old child
reacted to the touch of his surgeon."
Clancy went on to testify at a congressional hearing in 2003 along with
then-three-year-old Samuel, who was born 15 weeks after his surgery. During
the hearing, as reported in National Review, Sen. Sam Brownback pointed to
a large copy of Clancy's
photo and asked Samuel who it was. "Baby Samuel," he answered. Brownback
then asked what was happening. "They fixed my boo-boo," said Samuel.
Although he considers himself "shy," Clancy agreed to speak at the annual
banquet of a local crisis pregnancy center about two and a half years ago.
After he spoke, "they gave me the first standing ovation I ever had," Clancy
recalled. "Afterwards, 20 to 30 people were lined up to speak with me, and
told me I need to continue telling my story."
Clancy listened to their advice, and is now telling people about his first-hand
witness to the humanity of the unborn. He also encourages people to download
the photo from his web site and distribute it far and wide.
"It changes one heart at a time, that's what this picture does," he said. "This
is God's work. This is the youngest interaction with a child inside the womb
ever recorded. As long as it keeps being put where people can see it, it
can save lives."
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In the movie Knocked Up, blond-and-beautiful television
producer Alison is tapped for her on-air dream job, but while celebrating
she gets pregnant during a one-night stand. She decides not only to keep
the baby but also to build a relationship with the father.
In Bella, a soccer star's life is upended when he kills
a young girl in a traffic accident. Realizing a new reverence for life, he
convinces a friend to carry her unplanned pregnancy to term.
In Noelle, a priest whose
job is to shut down ailing parishes encourages an unmarried woman to keep
her baby, the fruit of a liaison with the arrogant heir of a wealthy family.
In the comedy Juno, the title character, a pregnant
teenager, decides to carry to term and place her child for adoption-because
a pro-life teen picketing the abortion clinic where Juno had gone to terminate
her pregnancy points out that Juno's baby already has fingernails. The film
is nominated for a Golden Globe Award. ( Editors note: .and won Academy Awards
later in the year.)
..the movie is saying the character's choice is heroic, and audiences are
responding by saying, yes, it is heroic. And if you're a 16-year-old girl
watching the movie, it shows you a different 'choice.'
Even liberal critics are heaping kudos on the film. KPBS called Juno "a gift every film lover should want this holiday season." The Los Angeles Times dubbed it "poignant and unexpected." Even Rolling Stone praised the movie for taking "the
girl view by letting teenage Juno . . . bypass a hasty abortion in favor of
having the baby."
Editors note: Another unhappy movie, Waitress was released about the same
time as Knocked Up. This movie was about a pie maker extraordinaire named
Jenna who is in an abusive relationship with her husband, Earl..All during the pregnancy, Jenna journals letters addressed to her growing, unborn child, in which she honestly expresses her mixed feelings. And when her baby finally is born, this beautiful daughter changes everything. Jenna finds the courage to leave her abusive husband, end her destructive affair, and meaningfully pour her life into her daughter, like filling into a pie crust. (This was from an article by Dr. Marc Newman on One News Now June 13, 2007)
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