Wednesday, May 6, 2009
CatholicTV to Air Controversial Films on Abortion and Euthanasia on Internet and Television
Starting in May, we will be airing 2 short films on abortion and euthanasia. The film about abortion entitled “Crossroads of the Heart” is a compilation of testimonies from people involved in crisis pregnancies. Interviewees include Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King Jr.) and 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Josh Davis. Both King and Davis were involved in crisis pregnancies.
The other controversial film is called “Turning the Tide”, a short film on another hot topic- euthanasia. The film features Bobby Schindler (brother of Terri Schiavo), as well as many others.
Crossroads of the Heart
“Crossroads of the Heart” is a unique film because it features testimony from real women and men who have been affected by crisis pregnancies and abortion. Despite the fact that nearly 50,000,000 abortions have been performed since 1973, television and cable stations rarely air interviews of the women, men, and children affected by abortion.
The 20-minute film is hosted by Jennifer Coker who faced an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 18. The film offers testimony from over half a dozen women. The women begin with how they felt immediately after discovering they were pregnant all the way to after their abortions (for those who decided to abort). They even discussed how some of them were mislead at clinics, where some clinic employees hid ultrasounds images from them or failed to inform them of the risks of abortion.
Olympic swimmer Josh Davis also discusses how his parents conceived him out of wedlock and ultimately decided to have him. He speaks of his joy of swimming in the Olympics and of life in general.
Turning the Tide
Most Americans are familiar with the case of Terri Schiavo, who was in a vegetative state and later died after her feeding tube was removed in 2005. In 2004, Pope John Paul II stated that health care providers are morally bound to provide food and water to patients in persistent vegetative states.
“Turning the Tide” discusses euthanasia, assisted suicide and the legal ramifications of legislation of these acts. Several experts discuss the topic, including Canadian Senator Sharon Carstairs (former Chair of the Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide). Turning the Tide is a powerful documentary which looks at the concepts of compassion, dignity, quality of life, personal autonomy and choice, and explores how the law works in shaping a society.
The 2 shows will air back to back from May 13th to May 17th at the following times (Eastern): May 13th- 4PM; May 14th-6:30AM; May 16th-10:30AM; and May 17th-2AM.
“Crossroads of the Heart” will air again during the week of June 24th to June 28th at these times: June 24th-5AM; June 26th-8AM; June 28th-11PM.