Film based on mom's true story reaches new audiences, including Congress
A movie based on the true story reported by WND of a woman trapped in the bathroom of an abortion clinic watching helplessly as her baby died after being born alive is being released to an increasing number of audiences, including the U.S. Congress.
The film, as WND reported, is called "22weeks," made by a young Puerto Rican filmmaker, Ángel Manuel Soto Vázquez. It has been shown to private audiences, screened in Puerto Rico, viewed on Capitol Hill and is now scheduled for two more public screenings this week, in Virginia Beach, Va., and San Diego, Calif.
Soto Vázquez told WND that one of the most important audiences – the actual mother depicted in the film – has already seen it and approves.
"Baby Rowan's mom saw it and felt like it was accurate, professional, and sensitive to her, her children and women around the world who have suffered and lived through this," said Soto Vázquez. "That was my biggest joy, knowing that I did justice to her and to the story."
Pro-life activist and WND columnist Jill Stanek agreed that the short 25-minute film was well acted and professionally produced. She was also stunned.
"I know the mom," Stanek told WND. "When I saw the movie, I always had empathy for her, but when I saw the mom holding her little baby in the bathroom dying, I had a new sense of understanding. I felt her despair. I was traumatized for her. It's definitely effective."
Soto Vázquez told WND U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., also saw the film, "loved it," and is now hoping to organize a full congressional screening on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which allows abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.snip