The anti-abortion documentary Babies Are Still Murdered Here directed by Marcus Pittman and produced by End Abortion Now, Jon Speed, and Christ is King Baptist Church will be published on Thursday, October 31. It focuses on the structural and ideological shortcomings of the pro-life movement as well as the betrayals of the pro-life leaders regarding legislation that would immediately and totally abolish abortion. It’s the sequel to Babies Are Murdered Here, a 2014 documentary about Christians taking the Gospel to child sacrifice centers (abortion clinics).
The film’s various critiques of pro-life leadership come to a head near the end as it highlights the life and death of Jeremiah Thomas. Jeremiah died of bone cancer in August 2018, but before his passing, used his Make-A-Wish to talk to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and tell him to support the immediate and total abolition of abortion, a wish represented by the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act (HB896).
Abbott appeared to give Jeremiah a favorable response, but it turned out to be empty words and a broken promise to a dying boy as Abbott did nothing to support HB896, and actually opposed the bill according to a source close to Abbott. The bill was killed in committee by State Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano). Texas Alliance for Life, a prominent pro-life group, poured salt in the wound of Jeremiah’s family and friends recently by awarding Leach the “Courageous Defense of Life Award.” There’s no better exemplification of the corruption of the leading pro-life lobbyists and politicians than what transpired in Texas.
The documentary shows Jeremiah’s phone call with Abbott, clips from the HB896 committee hearing, and an interview with Jeremiah’s father, Rusty Thomas.
Another theme of the film is the need to focus on local politics rather than fighting abortion solely at the Supreme Court. At Jeremiah’s funeral, a number of family friends talked about him and his legacy, one of whom was Matt Trewhella, a Milwaukee pastor and author of The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates. The documentary shares part of Trewhella’s speech:
“Did you see Jeremiah’s eyes? Did you see the hope in his face? The idea that a sitting governor would use his lawful authority to protect the preborn – that a legislature would rally to the defense [of the preborn] against the tyranny of the Supreme Court and the entire federal judiciary. That rather than go with hat in hand to the judiciary as has been done countless times before and quibble for some scraps from the tyrant’s table for the preborn. Rather than that, [the governor and legislature] would interpose for the preborn. The promise [from Abbott to Jeremiah] has been made. And now Jeremiah’s gone. He’s gone to be with our Lord. And now we wait to see the response of Governor Abbott and the Texas legislature.”
The film highlights activism at the city level as well, featuring testimonies given by Christians at city council meetings demanding that their city council members establish sanctuary cities for the preborn.
Among those interviewed in the documentary is Nashville-area pastor George Grant who explains to the viewer the basics of the principles articulated in Trewhella’s book: “You have your lower magistrates interpose themselves between the people that they are charged to protect and the upper magistrates who seek to oppress them. That principle is one of the key principles of reformation… I don’t want us to stop influencing congress and the supreme court but we’re not going to win the battle there if we don’t win the battle at home first.”
The film highlights the opposition of various pro-life leaders to immediately and totally abolishing abortion, but National Right to Life (NRTL) specifically is on the receiving end of most of the criticism. Interviews with NRTL President Carol Tobias, Vice President Tony Lauinger, and Director of NRTL’s American Victims of Abortion program Olivia Gans Turner are featured prominently throughout the film. They are criticized harshly for their opposition to immediately abolishing abortion as well as for not being wiling to call abortion “murder.”
National Right to Life has been the primary force keeping bills abolishing abortion from passing in a number of states since 2016, Oklahoma and Indiana being two prominent examples.
Pittman said the idea for the documentary sprung from seeing Christians testify at city council meetings. “The inspiration for the film was seeing my pastor Zack Morgan go before the Phoenix city council and request that they end abortion in their city,” Pittman said. “I thought, ‘what if Christians all over the country did what he did?’ The first Babies Are Murdered Here tried to get Christians sharing the truth about what abortion was at their abortion clinic. This film will get them to do the same to their local government.”
But while looking into the political activism being done around the country, Pittman discovered that there have been people demanding the immediate abolition of abortion for some time and that bills to abolish abortion, while gaining more and more traction over time as the abolitionist movement grows, are being killed by pro-life leadership:
“Initially the main theme of the film was just having Christians speak at city council meetings, but as I dug deeper I realized that when Christians were doing this and making progress, their progress was stopped by pro-life lobbies. So the theme of the film, as I was making it, became more and more an expose into the major pro-life organizations and their actual attempts to stop the ending of abortion.”
Speed added that the main theme of Babies Are Still Murdered Here is “The sufficiency of the gospel, the sufficiency of the Scriptures, the role of the local church in ending abortion, and the need for faithful men to proclaim the truth in the pulpit, in the public forum, and at the clinics… I hope it leads to deep repentance within the church and I hope that it will either reform the pro-life movement [because of its unBiblical foundations, incremental strategy, and Supreme Court idolatry] or kill it.”
The documentary will be published on Apologia Studios’ Facebook page Thursday morning at 11 a.m. EDT.