By Dave Andrusko
I promised to return to “Interview with an Unborn Child” to give you more background to a video that our readers have responded to by passing it along to friends and family.
Talking with someone involved with video I learned that “It was really designed originally for the Persian world but has spring-boarded from there and now the English website has taken off.” He suggested that we inform our Iranian friends of the Persian site which is www.goftegobajanin.com. (More about this later in this post.)
The creators of this very brief video (4:16) know that abortion is a sensitive topic and even many pro-lifers find brutally honest pictures of aborted babies very unsettlingly. So they immediately tell the viewer, “The film contains NO shocking images.” And it doesn’t!
Instead the narrator (the unborn child) ever-so-quietly reduces you to tears in about 60 seconds in. Why?
Partly it is because the refrain “not even my mother” is the narrative thread that binds the video together–that and the expressions of deep, DEEP pain etched on his mother’s face.
The music is perfectly haunting. We understand immediately that this child is utterly alone and completely helpless.
From his words and the images, we know that he has been abandoned by his mother. Even after more than 30 years in the Movement, this truth still cuts me to the quick. This pain is only exacerbated by the truth that as often as not, the child’s father (at a minimum) will encourage the child’s mother to “get rid” of him.
Listening to narrator, we know that he anticipates being hurt. Physically and existentially. Even if he didn’t, we, as his parents, do. And we try to keep his cries muffled and our indifference barricaded.
And when he says, “My greatest pain will not reach the ears of anyone, not even my mother,” you (or at least I was) are stunned into silence.
What else? There is the finality of abortion. “Even though my heart is beating fast,” he tells us, ‘how quickly the star of my life will be snuffed out.”
Finally, and this comes early and is geared to people of faith, the child knows that even if no one knows his individuality, his uniqueness, his last hours, God does. If we are to be His hands and feet, what can be more important than saving His children?
So what is the inspiration for ‘Interview with an Unborn Child”? Dr. Mojdeh Shirvanian spoke of what motivated her to write what she describes as a “poem”.
“Every year Dr. Mojdeh Shirvanian hosts training conferences for Iranian women seeking to serve the church,” we read. “And every year she encounters the tragedy of abortion. She says that at least one in five of the women coming to her conferences will have been involved in abortion in some way. And she realized that one of the main reasons why women agreed so easily to go to the abortion clinic was ignorance.”
We read further, “Dr. Mojdeh Shirvanian wrote the poem ‘Interview with an Unborn Child’ that has been made into a film; she has also written a book in Persian which explains clearly that the fetus is a human being both from a scientific and Biblical point of view; and during the years she counsels many who phone seeking her advice. She has had the joy of saving some babies from the abortionist clinic. “
Take 4:16 seconds out and watch “Interview with an Unborn Child.” And be sure to share the video through your social networking contacts.