"Powerful Pro-Life Documentary with Timely Message"
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Available for rent or purchase on SalemNOW, DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA is extremely well-made. It handles the topic of abortion with tact, precision and empathy. It includes powerful interviews and testimonials from legislators, doctors, former abortionists, abortion survivors, and social activists. DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA is full of compassion and love, with a strong Christian, moral, pro-life worldview. Due to the violent nature of the topic of abortion, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger viewers.
DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA is a compelling look into two questions that have torn America and its moral fabric apart: “When does life begin?” and “Are the unborn human?” The documentary follows former NFL player Benjamin Watson as he travels the country interviewing politicians scientists, and other people deeply involved in the pro-life and pro-choice movements.
The documentary opens with Watson as he asks, What’s tearing at the fabric of American morality? The movie begins with pro-life and pro-choice advocates as they create a web of arguments and passionate statements. Watson seeks to cut through the noise and discover the truth about how America, on an individual and a governmental level, sees human life.
The movie touches on many of the abortion debate’s dimensions. Watson starts by tracing the events that led us to today. Watson interviews state senators from liberal states such as New York and Illinois. They recently revamped their abortion statutes following Trump appointing Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The abortion rulings in Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, are prominent cases that pro-abortion camps fight hard to codify as law.
However, Watson also talks to conservative state legislatures that say even if those cases are reversed, the fight for the sanctity of life would just be getting started. Watson addresses the country’s celebration of abortion even as the New York legislature expanded its laws recently to allow abortion procedures up to birth. The decision was met with wild applause.
Although Watson talks with pro-choice advocates, pro-life advocates and many in between, perhaps the documentary’s most powerful moments are its personal testimonies. Watson dives into some of the most challenging questions surrounding abortion and seeks the testimonies of those who have lived through it. Ryan Bomberger, who was conceived in rape; Melissa Ohden, who was born alive following an unsuccessful saline abortion; and, a young woman who’s about to have her second abortion, but God intervenes miraculously through prayer.
DIVIDED HEARTS OF AMERICA is an extremely well-made documentary, including powerful interviews and testimonials from legislators, doctors, former abortionists, abortion survivors, and social activists. It’s full of compassion and love, with a strong Christian, moral, pro-life worldview. It encourages conversation and understanding while not shying away from the atrocity of killing an unborn child. Due to the violent nature of the topic of abortion, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger viewers.