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Life at the Movies

Several recent news items have commented on and examined several movies and other pop-culture artifacts from 2007 where characters chose life instead of abortion.

Rick Santorum earlier this month had an op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquierer:

If art is a reflection of our culture, our culture – and particularly our youth culture – is awaking to the reality of life in the womb. You hear it in Nick Cannon’s autobiographical single “Can I live?” You see it in the stunning episode of the television show House where Dr. Gregory House’s finger is grasped by a baby in the womb during intrauterine surgery. The recognition of the life in the womb is going mainstream.

But the biggest shift came at the movies. In a nation with one of the world’s most wide-open abortion regimes, U.S. audiences flocked to see five motion pictures with life-affirming texts or subtexts: Knocked up, Waitress, Bella, August Rush and Juno.

USA Today weighed in earlier this week:

“The reason why people like these movies, and a common thread between them, is that people are happy to get a break and see stories which treasure the idea of children,” [Judd] Apatow [writer/director of Knocked Up] says. “Especially because there are a lot of things happening in the world today that are very dark and that don’t value human life. Children give you hope.”

And Christianity Today posted an entry, well, today:

“The church cannot take credit for this newfound interest [in pro-life storylines],” says [Fuller Seminary Professor Robert K.] Johnston, author of Reframing Theology and Film. “Rather, we need to thank a growing number of filmmakers for portraying the preciousness of life. All life has a sanctity that increasing numbers of people are recognizing.”