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The impact of “October Baby” is just beginning to be felt

by | Apr 6, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

The first time I saw “October Baby” was in January, a couple of months before this pro-life film was released. I knew from the instant I finished watching this story of a “failed” abortion that the chances were good it would not only find an audience but also (going hand in hand) stir a debate.


We wrote yesterday about a New York Times review that searched in vain for a way to dismiss a film that has already grossed three times more than it cost to produce. Snide shots at the woman who inspired the film (Gianna Jessen who sings a beautiful song that is part of a gorgeous music score), out-of-blue political associations, and a comically-inept misunderstanding of the obvious fact that to survive an abortion the child must be well into the second trimester, if not further.


So, besides these curmudgeonly attempts, what do you do if your objective is to minimize the film’s growing impact? As we talked about the other day, insist that this apolitical film is, in fact, an enlistee in the bogus (not to mention tiresome)”war on women.” That is part and parcel of another hatchet job, another attack at


I can understand where Irin Carmon is coming from. A major part of her strategy is to ridicule the very idea that there are abortion “survivors,” let alone that the survivors are not just the few babies that escape poison, salt poison, or “unsuccessful” attempts to yank them apart.


Carmon isn’t really buying the likelihood that ANYONE ever survived an abortion, but if they did in the “old days” –a.k.a. “a saline abortion late in the pregnancy” –that would be “exceptionally rare now, thanks to medical improvements and legal restrictions.”


Think about that for a second. Lucky for us as a culture we can now inject poison directly into the baby’s heart, or tear them limb from limb! Not much chance they’ll survive, courtesy of these “medical improvements.”


But Carmon goes into overdrive even thinking about the softest of soft spots in the pro-abortion case: that the taking of an innocent unborn child’s life has ripples beyond the baby and her mother. She scoffs at the silly idea that “fathers” (if you are the baby’s father, you can only exist in quotation marks) can suffer, or grandparents, or—most dangerous of all for pro-abortion ideologues—siblings.


Pro-abortionists like Carmon cannot—will not—deal with the grim reality of post-Roe v. Wade America: if you are under 40, you are lucky to be alive–you could have been killed for any reason or no reason. THAT reality has sunk in, which is an important explanation for why young people are much more pro-life than the Abortion Industrial Complex can fathom.


Let me go back to circle of impact. Pro-abortionists tell you six days a week and twice on Sunday that “most” if not virtually all women waltz through their abortion. If they do have some problems, they are transitory. That this not true is a topic we’ve written about a hundred times.


But what if fathers and grandparents and siblings and friends are scarred by the death of an unborn child? That the impact extends far and wide…and for a lifetime? This “private” decision suddenly must be seen in an entirely different light, which scares the PPFAs and NARALs of this world to death.


Critics loathe the film, audiences love it (89%, according to the aggregate ratings site And the impact of “October Baby” is just beginning to be felt since pro-abortionists can’t stop talking about it and  with an expected move to more than 500 screens in about a week.


If you haven’t seen “October Baby,” be sure you do. And bring your whole family. You can find out where it is playing at


And if you HAVE seen it, please write me at


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