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Provocative and bracing, UNBORN IN THE USA provides a riveting look into the deep secrets and deep pockets of the pro-life movement.

Traveling across 35 states, the filmmakers are granted unprecedented access to pro-life groups, movement icons, fund-raising machines, and even into classes where university students are being groomed to carry empathetic, pro-life messages to campuses around the country. More than 70 exclusive interviews are interwoven with astonishing archival footage and startling street confrontations to document one of the most controversial social movements in American history.

With their 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court affirmed a woman's constitutional right to privacy. In response to that landmark ruling, a new movement-- dedicated to criminalizing abortion-- was born. Now, more than 30 years later, with President George W. Bush's conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade teeters on the brink of reversal.

UNBORN IN THE USA asks and answers the question, "In the struggle for dominance over a woman's right to privacy, who wins?"


Revealing and dramatic! Allows the pro-life activists a fair opportunity to tell their own story in their own way. --New York Sun

Critic's Pick! Whatever your views on abortion... you need to hear the subjects of this film. --New York Magazine

Straightforward reportage of the most useful kind. --The Nation

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  • Actors: Steve Wagner, David Lee, Peggy Hartshorn, Joe Scheidler, John Brockhoeft
  • Directors: Stephen Fell, Will Thompson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000U95N9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Chris Luallen on October 27, 2007
Format: DVD
Unlike most political films, which seek to ridicule those on the other side of an issue, this documentary truly strives for and, to a great extent, achieves a fair minded, objective approach. Numerous people from all spectrums of the movement are filmed and interviewed. Some are relatively moderate, seeking to change things through dialogue, imagery and the political process. While others, such as the "Army Of God", support violent extremism, including the bombing of abortion clinics and the murder of doctors.

Personally I am strongly pro-choice. But I am willing to listen to and consider rational argument from those who disagree with me. What I found most striking and disturbing was that every single person shown supporting the anti-abortion cause was a fundamentalist Christian who based their beliefs on religious values rather than scientific fact. While I find it perfectly reasonable to place some restrictions on late term abortions, which our society already does, I find it ludicrous to consider the termination of a first trimester pregnancy to be equivalent to murder. The absurd attempt to prevent the legalization of the "morning after pill" is another clearcut example of anti-abortion activists stuck on a "life begins at conception" religious belief rather than considering the medical facts. Of course, they also refuse to acknowledge the reality that abortion always have and always will take place in human societies irregardless of its legal status. In fact, some countries where abortion is illegal, such as the staunchly Catholic countries of Latin America, have higher rates of abortion than countries where it is legal.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on October 2, 2008
Format: DVD
Like some kind of moviemaking magicians, those responsible for "Unborn in the USA" have pulled off quite a remarkable feat of documentary legerdemain. Though obviously pro-choice themselves, instead of launching a diatribe against the pro-life movement, they have allowed those on the other side to speak for themselves in their own words. The result is that the pro-lifers are not reduced to the simpleminded caricatures we so often encounter in media portrayals of them (think of that sweet but rather pathetic and utterly befuddled anti-abortion protestor standing all by herself outside the clinic in "Juno"). Indeed, virtually every person interviewed for the film falls on the pro-life side of the issue and most of them come across as decent, well-intentioned individuals who are willing to put themselves on the line for a cause that means so much to them personally.

Somehow, directors Stephen Fell and Will Thompson were able to gain remarkable insider access to some of the key players in the pro-life movement, including Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based Christian organization that, among other things, trains college students to go forth and spread the pro-life gospel (this is the aspect of FOTF`s ministry on which the movie primarily focuses). Even when the filmmakers interview a member of a group like the Army of God - an organization dedicated to eradicating abortion through any means possible, including violence against clinics and abortion doctors - the directors make sure to counter them with people on the pro-life side who vehemently condemn those actions. The movie also features women who have had abortions and now go around the country voicing their regret.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J Charles on August 16, 2009
Format: DVD
As a militantly pro-choice man, I was surprised by my reactions to the film -- particularly to the way it helped me see the sincerity in many of the pro lifers, particularly the young ones, the college kids in the first half of the show, who are my age.

I think all women ought to be educated and able to choose. I felt great sympathy for the girl who reported that she "regrets her abortion" of three years earlier, which, according to her account, she had after being misinformed about the nature of her baby. Any woman who had an abortion and regrets it, wishing she had her child instead, must feel a powerful blend of emotions I will never be able to imagine. The central problem, I think, was that this girl seemed to have limited choice in her abortion. She was not properly informed, and thus, she was unable to make the correct choice. No woman should be forced or manipulated to carry or abort a child.

The central aspect of this movie, I think, is the time spent discussing the visual-assault style of pro-life proselytizing, in which large images of aborted fetuses are displayed with slogans on signs. The organizers of such events defend themselves against both pro-life and pro-choicers who find the images horrendous. The obvious response from the organizers is that "we find them horrendous as well - and that is why they must be seen."

Aside from the contention I would make that a fetus is different than a born human, my central issue with this is that an awful picture of a mangled human body does not inherently mean that the death that body met was painful, unnecessary, or tragic. Take for example a fetus who is going to die upon birth. The tragedy is that the baby is not going to survive. An abortion is not the tragedy.
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