By Jason Jones and John Zmirak, The Stream, January 17, 2018
This week we marked Martin Luther King Day by pointing out a key fact: His non-violent tactics could not have succeeded had national media censored the violence protestors suffered — or worse, found ways to make the victims look like the guilty parties, while whitewashing brutality. That’s what lockstep pro-choice media did to the peaceful protestors of Operation Rescue. And it’s happening now again, as social media shadow-ban or openly censor pro-life speech.
Roe v. Wade: The Movie
The most outrageous incident? It just emerged. Some major figures in Hollywood are trying to make a movie that tells the truth about Roe v. Wade. It’s time that the public knew how pro-abortion activists manipulated Norma McCorvey, and urged her to lie. How the Supreme Court distorted the U.S. Constitution. People need to know that Harry Blackmun changed his mind on abortion after reading a Rockefeller Foundation report on “overpopulation” laced with eugenics scare tactics. Many people still don’t know about the racist roots of Planned Parenthood. Americans need a chance to learn the truth about all these things.
The film’s executive producer is Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a longtime prolife leader. Actor Jon Voight signed on to play Justice Blackmun. The filmmakers are using Indiegogo to crowdsource production of the movie.
Facebook: Pro-Choice Censor
But Facebook wants to stop them. Breitbart reports that the film’s “crowdfunding site, however, has been blocked by Facebook, as has been the sharing of the site by followers.” Another executive producer on the film, Jalesia McQueen, told Breitbart: “It is outrageous that Facebook purports to be apolitical when there have been trends of blocking pages of conservative causes, such as our Roe v. Wade movie page.” The news site followed up, and reported:
Facebook did not respond to an email regarding its reasons for blocking the Roe v. Wade fundraising site itself and the sharing of the site by followers. Its press office sent a generic response letter. …
In 2013, LifeNews reported that Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife donated 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at $992.2 million, to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation – which distributes funds from donors to companies, one of which is Planned Parenthood. … Last spring, at the massive South by Southwest Conference, Planned Parenthood and Tumblr launched Tech Stands With Planned Parenthood to foster stronger partnerships with the tech community. More than 70 tech leaders and executives sent a letter to congressional leadership in support of Planned Parenthood.
The Challenge: Tell the Truth via Beauty
Now it’s hard enough to raise the funds to make any movie — even a perfectly secular one that flatters the culture. Doing that is just difficult, because film projects are risky. Many film makers are flaky. Investors get gun shy.
It’s even harder when your goal is to gain full protection for unborn children. That’s the most countercultural position it’s possible to take in America. You are literally facing down our culture of short term pleasure, in defense of innocent life. But it can be done.
Movie to Movement (which Jason founded, and for which John writes) did the hard work for three years to raise the money for “Crescendo,” a beautiful pro-life short film that won mainstream awards. (Crucial to that effort were Bella star Eduardo Verastegui, and Patti Mallette, who gave birth to Justin Bieber after staying at a crisis pregnancy center.)
So it can be done. It must be done. Politics is downstream of culture, as Andrew Breitbart always said. He was just updating Plato or whoever first said that he’d let anyone write a city’s laws, if he could write its songs.
Why They Silence Us
There’s a very good reason that the operatives at tech companies are silencing pro-life speech. The movement for unborn civil rights is the single biggest grassroots uprising in the world. It’s sweeping college campuses. More people are pro-life now than ever since Roe v. Wade. The truth of this issue is so clear and compelling that it takes a regime of silence and distortion to keep it at bay.
This year, as we march for Life or find other ways to commemorate the lives of unborn Americans, we must recommit to truth-telling. We should pressure social media companies in any way we can. Write letters, make phone calls, maybe get Congress involved. We cannot let a small elite of pro-choice opinion managers suppress free speech and artistic creation in America. We must find ways to tell the truth, for the cause of Life.
Jason Jones is a Senior Contributor to The Stream. He is a film producer, author, activist and human rights worker. For the past 20+ years, he has worked to defend the most vulnerable — from the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles to persecuted Christians in Africa, from women in crisis pregnancies to victims of “honor killing” in Iran.
He attended the University of Hawaii, after a tour serving in the U.S. infantry. At UHI, he founded the Pro-Life Student Union and served as state chairman of Young Americans for Freedom. Jason would go on to serve as director of Hawaii Right to Life, national youth director of the American Life League, grassroots director of Brownback for President, and public relations director for the world’s largest international pro-life organization, Human Life International. He has appeared in defense of the most vulnerable members of the human family on ABC, Fox, CNN and hundreds of radio programs nationwide.
Jones is the Founder of HERO [Human-Rights Education and Relief Organization], a non-profit that promotes human dignity regardless of ability, age, status, race or geography. He spearheaded a HERO initiative to bring clean water to suffering refugees in South Sudan. In 2009, despite the government’s warning of unsafe travel, Jason visited Darfur and inspected 26 new water wells and distributed $2 million in food, medicine and other aid. He is currently leading an effort to provide emergency aid to the victims of ISIS in Iraq.
Jones was a producer on the 2006 prolife film, Bella, which won several film industry awards, most notably the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.
He was the associate producer of the 2008 film on honor killings, The Stoning of Soraya M., which won the NAACP Image Award in 2010 as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award in 2009.
His short films include Eyes to See (2010) and Crescendo (2011); Crescendo, whose executive producer was Patti Mallette (mother of Justin Bieber), raised millions of dollars for women and children in crisis pregnancy centers. He was producer in 2012 of the TV movie Mother Marianne: Portrait of a Saint.
Jones lives in Hawaii, with his wife and seven children.
John Zmirak is a Senior Editor of The Stream. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986, then his M.F.A. in screenwriting and fiction and his Ph.D. in English in 1996 from Louisiana State University. His focus was the English Renaissance, and the novels of Walker Percy. He taught composition at LSU and screenwriting at Tulane University, and has written screenplays for and with director Ronald Maxwell (Gods & Generals and Gettysburg). He was elected alternate delegate to the 1996 Republican Convention, representing Pat Buchanan.
He has been Press Secretary to pro-life Louisiana Governor Mike Foster, and a reporter and editor at Success magazine and Investor’s Business Daily, among other publications. His essays, poems and other works have appeared in First Things, The Weekly Standard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, FrontPage Magazine, The American Conservative, The South Carolina Review, Modern Age, The Intercollegiate Review, Commonweal and The National Catholic Register, among other venues. He has contributed to American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought. From 2000-2004, he served as Senior Editor of Faith & Family magazine and a reporter at The National Catholic Register. During 2012, he was editor of Crisis.
He is author or co-author of six books, including Wilhelm Ropke: Swiss Localist, Global Economist, The Grand Inquisitor (graphic novel) and most recently, The Race to Save Our Century. He was editor of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s guide to higher education, Choosing the Right College and Collegeguide.org, for ten years, and is also editor of Disorientation: How to Go to College Without Losing Your Mind.
He is a native of New York City, but now resides in Dallas, Texas.