Nick Loeb on ROE V. WADE: ‘I Want People To Take Away the Truth’
By Movieguide® Staff
Pro-life filmmaker Nick Loeb directs and stars in his newest movie, ROE V. WADE, which has gained buzz leading up to its release due to its honest and diligent look into abortion. Loeb announced that the movie would premiere early at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28.
The conference, which takes place in Orlando, Florida, is guaranteed to garner the media’s attention, especially after the CPAC recently announced that former President Donald Trump would make a public address.
Loeb, 45, co-wrote and co-directed ROE V. WADE alongside Cathy Allyn. He also stars in the lead role, playing real-life Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a famous abortion doctor who later converted to the pro-life view. The movie follows the events leading up to and beyond the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision and features many well-known conservative actors such as Jon Voight, Robert Davi, Corbin Bernsen.
Loeb also noted his unique approach by laying out the story through the eyes of Dr. Nathanson.
“We tell it from the pro-choice perspective because the story is told through the eyes of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who was the biggest abortionist of all time. He did more than 70,000 abortions,” Loeb explained. “Why some folks may think it’s a conservative film or why it aligns with those views is because the protagonist actually converts. He starts off pro-choice and becomes pro-life through his journey. It’s a true story.”
The movie explores the motivations of both pro-lifers and pro-choicers and how that ultimately resulted in the Supreme Court decision in 1973.
“[Dr. Bernard Nathanson] made up statistics that they would then leak to the media to help change public perception. That was a big part of getting Roe passed and pushing the abortion movement forward. That doesn’t reflect great on the pro-choicers,” Loeb said. “But there are other characters who are generally trying to support abortion for serious issues. Betty Friedan [played by Lucy Davenport] really wants to save women and help women. This is really an important thing and we don’t vilify her at all. We don’t truly vilify anybody. We show it how it was.”
Loeb said that his decision to play Dr. Nathanson came from his personal journey within the abortion conversation.
“I really wanted to play Bernard because he resembles a little bit of me in my life. I am not a doctor or an obstetrician but I started off in life as pro-choice,” Loeb recalled. “Although my family is conservative, I grew up in New York and my father was, I think, socially liberal and pro-choice, just like many people I grew up with. I followed suit.”
Like Dr. Nathanson, as Loeb’s knowledge of abortion increased, the more his perspective changed.
“When you grow up, you’re taught that there really isn’t a baby in there. You are told that for the first five or six months, that it’s really a clump of cells. There’s no real baby. It’s just a glob of goo. It wasn’t until I got older that I had my own experiences with abortion and it had an emotional impact on me,” Loeb confessed. “Learning more about the science behind it and when a human being is actually created, I slowly started to change my views. I went on the same journey as Bernard and that’s why I was really interested in playing this role.”
But Loeb’s connection to ROE V. WADE goes deeper than just his conversion from pro-choice to pro-life.
“In my 20s… I had two partners who both had abortions and it really had an emotional impact on me,” Loeb said. “As I’ve gotten older, the more regret I have. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have had them.”
He added: “It’s very bizarre, I have to tell you this. Every year, I have a dream of my children at the age they would have been now. I don’t know when it started — I think it was in my late 20s — I have dreams and it’s always weighed on me emotionally.”
ROE V. WADE is not only a historically accurate depiction of the groundbreaking court case, but it is also a reminder that Hollywood needs pro-life movies. Although Loeb’s movie has stirred controversy, he maintains that story should not compromise truth.
“I want people to take away the truth. These are the facts of what happened. I want them to understand how Roe came to be. We had one actor — I’m not going to mention his name — who was pro-choice and he converted during the movie,” Loeb said. “He became pro-life when he learned more about the life of a baby.”
Pro-life stories are important because they humanize the dehumanizing narrative of a culture that works to make abortion mainstream.
“Our culture has come so far that a lot of people utilize it as birth control. There are even actresses in Hollywood who wear it as a badge of honor,” Loeb points out. “Whether you believe in abortion or not, I don’t think anybody should think of it as a badge of honor or as birth control. It is the ending of the life of a human being, no matter at what stage. That’s something that needs to be taken with extreme seriousness, thoughtfulness and concern.”
“Americans are a very sensitive society and we need to be sensitive about all issues, especially the life of a human being. I really want people to stop and think before they make decisions, whether it’s the decision to have sex without birth control or to understand the consequences,” Loeb concluded. “Knowledge is power, right? When we have the knowledge, we can make better, more informed decisions in our lives.”
Check back soon for Movieguide®’s full review of ROE V. WADE.