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September 12, 2010

Film: Abortion business thrives on ‘Blood Money’ Alveda King narrates documentary about tragedy of the issue

By Sister Helena Burns, FSP


Blood Money: The Business of Abortion” is a much-needed and thorough examination of the history, industry, personal impact and human toll of abortion in America. Who should see this? Everyone. Age-appropriateness? High school and up. No gruesome photos, but former abortionists and post-abortive women do describe abortion procedures and procedures gone (very) wrong.

This extremely professional, engaging, precisely edited documentary puts an emphasis on educating Americans about how abortion became legalized in this country, about the incredibly blatant lies, deceit, lack of regulation and bundles of money (much of it undeclared) being made off abortion, as well as the physical, psychological, spiritual ramifications on everyone involved.

Men (fathers) as both victimizers and victims of abortion are also touched upon, but not at length.

Narrated by Alveda King (Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece), there is added attention to what many call “the black genocide” in this country. Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a racist and eugenicist who gave directives to her followers to hide the fact that Planned Parenthood wanted to decrease the “inferior Negro populations” (by setting up shop specifically in their neighborhoods).

Heavy-hitting pro-aborts turned pro-lifers Carol Everett, Dr. Bernard Nathanson (founder of NARAL and Jewish convert to Catholicism), Norma McCorvey (Roe of Roe v. Wade) tell of their odysseys. There’s also input from long-time pro-lifers Joe Scheidler, Father Frank Pavone, and others.

How might post-abortive women and men react to “Blood Money”? They would definitely have to relive their pain as survivors of the abortion ordeal tell their stories, but the film ends with accounts of self-forgiveness, healing and hope.

I think it would be imperative, in a group setting, to have immediate post-abortion counseling available, but survivors would most likely feel that their story is finally being told, perhaps even their long silence is being broken by people who are on their side and not pointing fingers.

“Blood Money” is not a hyped-up, overdramatized presentation. The subject matter is dramatic enough. There is talk of those on “the other side” of the abortion issue, but there is no animosity or demonization.

The closest the film would come to that is by simply revealing heinous facts (some revealed by former abortion providers themselves), especially the lack of care, compassion, and cleanliness in abortion clinics, and how a kind of passionate missionary zeal for abortion seems to boil down two things: post-abortive women tragically needing to justify their own abortions and the almighty dollar.

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Burns is a Daughter of St. Paul and ministers in Chicago.