Mom's true-life abortion horror story hits big screen
WND article about born-alive baby made into motion-picture
August 19, 2008
11:25 pm Eastern
By Drew Zahn
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
has just been finished based on
the true story reported by WND
of a woman trapped in the bathroom of an abortion clinic who
watched helplessly as her baby, who was born alive, died.
"22weeks," made by a young, Puerto Rican filmmaker, Ángel Manuel
Soto Vázquez, will soon be released in private screenings in
select cities as it ramps up for hopeful showings at the Toronto
and Cannes Film Festivals.
with promotional pages on
Facebook, describes the movie
its homepage as follows:
woman is locked in the bathroom of an abortion clinic after her
aborted baby was born alive.
A film about decisions, their effects and the echos [sic] they
leave behind. Based on the shocking WorldNetDaily article by Ron
Strom, on victim's testimonies, and real 911 calls about one of
the most controversial subjects of our time, "22weeks" achieves
to confront both sides of the spectrum and their perspective to
the on going [sic] question: "what would you do?"
MySpace page adds, "This is the shocking true story about the
reality behind abortion and the heroic struggle of a mother
willing to do anything to save her child."
trailer for the film can be seen below, but viewers should be
aware it contains graphic images and disturbing content:
in the true story, identified only as Angele, since she has
asked her last name not be used, was scheduled to have her
22-week pregnancy ended at the EPOC Clinic of Orlando Women's
Center in Orlando, Fla. Instead,
Angele told WND, she
delivered the baby alive in a restroom at the clinic and said
her cries for help went unheeded by the medical staff, even when
an employee saw that the tiny boy was moving.
Angele said she ran to a phone outside the clinic to call a
friend for help, then curled up with her son for the full 11
minutes of his short life after birth. She bathed the baby, whom
she named Rowan, and cut his umbilical cord. After medical staff
demanded she surrender her son's body, she blocked the door to
keep them away and stayed trapped in the bathroom, praying and
weeping, until the police arrived, she said.
described her son:
perfect, slightly pale and a little translucent. His eyebrows
were pale but wide and well-defined. You could see little hairs
on his face and head. He had the tiniest little fingernails and
toenails. I noticed they already had a little bit of growth. His
mouth was lovely. He was this perfectly formed one pound, one
ounce human being. He was beautiful. He had been so strong.
I wrapped him in [a] blue pad instead of one of the wet
blankets. I just kept kissing him and telling him I loved him so
much. I told him I was sorry I couldn't get anyone to help us
and I was so sorry for ever coming here.
the help of supportive movie industry artists and the makers of
the award-winning movie "Bella," a film about a single mother's
struggle with choosing between abortion and adoption, Soto
Vázquez is bringing Angele's story to the big screen.
Vázquez told WND the film isn't a pro-choice or pro-life agenda
film, but rather the telling of a true story that allows
audiences to reach their own conclusions.
though the movie doesn't take any side, the way I show it, I
show both sides of the spectrum on the issue of abortion," Soto
Vázquez said. "I just let the spectator decide which side he's
going to take from the story, because it's based on a true
it's a move "about a woman who decides to get an abortion, and
she gets an abortion. But it's also the story of a woman who,
after she gets the abortion, realizes what she has done when she
has that mother-son connection."
is scheduled to premiere at a private screening in Puerto Rico
in early October, with invitations sent to the press and to the
artists who have supported it, including the makers of "Bella"
and actor George Clooney.
premiere, screenings are planned in Kansas City, Dallas, and Los
to do private screenings for our target audience, then branch
out from there so viewers can recommend the movie to more
people," Soto Vázquez said. "We're doing it that way because we
don't have the money to distribute it nationwide yet, but we do
have access to viral marketing so we can get our main niche to
follow the movie and recommend it and create enough noise to get
media attention. Eventually, we'd like it to go all over the
Soto Vázquez how people who want to see the film can get access
"I know a
lot of people who support the pro-life movement would like to
see this film excel," he said. "The main ways to do that are to
help us make connections with media, help us find places to do
screenings and help us financially make those screenings happen.
found a spot do a private screening, I'm more than willing to
try to make it happen. Right now, our connections are in those
cities where we have screenings planned. But, for example, I
don't know people in, say, Chicago."
Soto Vázquez if private theater owners who wanted to invite the
movie to be shown at their facility should contact him.
totally," Soto Vázquez answered, "that would be a blessing."
movie's official website,
22weeksthemovie.com, has both
contact information and an address for donations to increase the
movie's potential distribution.
the death of baby Rowan three years ago, Angele told WND she
chose to go public with her story and take legal action "so this
doesn't happen to anybody else."
As WND reported, a pro-life
law organization called
Liberty Counsel filed complaints on Angele's behalf against the clinic that performed
Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, has since told WND Florida
authorities chose not to act on the complaints but that the lead
doctor at the clinic, Dr. James S. Pendergraft, just last year
had his medical license revoked for violating the state's
late-term abortion laws and prescribing medication without a
Pendergraft, as WND reported, is known in pro-life communities
as the "Tiller of Florida," after George Tiller, a well-known
late-term abortion doctor in Wichita, Kan., referred to by some
activists as "Tiller the Killer."
suggested the attention Pendergraft received after baby Rowan's
death couldn't have helped the doctor's reputation and confirmed
that though Pendergraft has applied for reinstatement, it has
not yet been granted.
story is a case that would likely fall under the 2002 federal
Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which requires doctors to
attempt to keep alive a baby that survives an abortion. The act
has been thrust into the national spotlight recently as
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama
has been steeped in controversy
for allegedly lying to cover up his opposition to a similar bill
that would have protected babies like Rowan.
HAVE ABORTED ALEXANDER HAMILTON
Who should live and who should die is, among liberals, the
decision of government and society. The baby has no choice. This
sounds more like Hitler's Germany than America. Let us remember,
the manner of conception does not demean the life conceived.
- Paul Greenberg
April 3, 2001
Our eugenic society
LITTLE ROCK, Ark - There were so many striking, revealing
quotations in a news article last week about some of this
state's leading abortionists - excuse me, abortion providers -
that it wasn't easy to choose the most chilling.
The most provocative assertions from these "healers"
fell into what might be called the Better Off Dead school of
apologetics for abortion. Which leads naturally to the argument
that Society Is Better Off, Too.
The laurel for the best specimen of such reasoning goes to ...
Dr. Tom Tvedten of Little Rock, who practices at the oddly named
Family Health Care Center. "We're out there saving society,"
he explains. "Most of the people in Cummins (the state
prison) are from single-parent families and weren't planned or
Viewed in this (dim) light, abortion becomes a kind of
pre-emptive strike, a way of eliminating the criminal element
early. How efficient. Think of it as capital punishment without
the bother of a trial, let alone verdict and sentence. It
simplifies the whole process and avoids all those bothersome
Thanks to the wonders of modern science, we can now decide who
will live and who will not. What did the serpent promise Eve?
You will be as gods! Yes, this is an old, old temptation. And
now, God help us, some of our doctors seem to have confused
themselves with Him.
What is most impressive about Dr. Tvedten's kind of preventive
criminology - the clairvoyance or the class-consciousness? Here
is a fortuneteller who can confidently predict the fate of souls
still in the womb and tell us which ones will wind up in a state
But why, one wonders, would the good doctor mention Cummins, a
typical Southern prison farm, but not the kind of upscale
federal housing reserved for errant politicians and other
white-collar types? Is it only the lower classes who produce
criminals, and so are expendable?
Bastardy has long carried a stigma in polite society, and even
the best of us may give way to Dr. Tvedten's censoriousness in
our less than best moments, punishing the child for the parents'
indiscretion. But surely not all of us would take it to such a
In a fit of pique, even good old John Adams once referred to his
fellow Federalist and political rival Alexander Hamilton as
"the bastard brat of a Scotch peddler." As often happened,
Mr. Adams was entirely and literally correct. As he famously
said, facts are stubborn things.
And few of the founding fathers could have been more irritating
than Colonel Hamilton, especially after he got himself promoted
to general and began beating the drum for an unnecessary war
with France. It was not his finest hour. No wonder he drove poor
John Adams to distraction, and Aaron Burr to shoot him.
But think of what America might have been without this poor
immigrant who became our first secretary of the Treasury, this
aide to General Washington who was first over the British
parapet at Yorktown, this eloquent advocate for the Constitution
in the Federalist Papers ... .
And, lest we forget, Alexander Hamilton was also the first
American statesman to devise, advocate and implement an economic
program for the whole country - a comprehensive vision that
stressed investment, development, national independence and
It is not a happy prospect, a Hamilton less America. Think of how
different some things might have turned out if Alexander
Hamilton had never been born - like the American Constitution
and economy, not to mention the 10-dollar Bill. Not bad for the
bastard brat of a Scotch peddler.
But in the Age of Abortion, not just the denizens of Cummins are
preventable, but the unwanted and unplanned Alexander Hamilton's.
It's hard to tell which will turn out to be which just from the
sonogram. They all seem so ... alive. Who can be sure how many
future Hamiltons we have been spared by now, almost three
decades after Roe v. Wade? We will never know, not in this
Nevertheless, let's tell ourselves we're eliminating only the
socially undesirable and saving society. It's a draining job,
but somebody's got to do it, right? Isn't that what Himmler used
to tell his death squads?
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