By Dave Andrusko
Elsewhere on NRL News Today, we’ve reprinted Nancy Flanders’ wonderful review of a new pro-life film that came out last week. Though “Mitosis” is short in length, the film is very much worth your viewing and us talking about it a second time.
Since Ms. Flanders provides much of the background, we will not repeat it here. And, like Flanders, we will not give away the punch line.
Director Hannah Victoria is barely older in years (18) than the film’s length is in minutes (14). She used the increasingly popular Kickstarter campaign technique to raise enough money to release “Mitosis” for free on YouTube.
It is this combination of youthful enthusiasm, pro-life commitment, and clever fundraising that makes us oldsters more and more confident the future of the Movement is in good hands.
Here are three quick thoughts. First, when I looked on the film’s Facebook page yesterday, it read
Every life matters. In the past 48 hours #MitosisMovie has gotten almost 10,000 new views, but have you seen it yet?
That is strikingly good news. The more pro-life outlets remind people that “Mitosis” can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHRKu21suYc, the more pro-lifers will be uplifted by the film and pass the news along using their social networks.
Second, the divide that separates pro-lifers and pro-abortionists is wide and deep. But for us, the most encouraging truth is that if you actually ask ordinary people what abortions they would condone/allow/accept, a majority opposes the reasons for which over 90% of all abortions are performed.
So while there is a chasm between NRLC and our members and NARAL/PPFA and its members, most people who do not necessarily affiliate with either are much closer to us than they are to the Abortion Establishment. Which means….what?
That there exists potentially a huge swathe of citizens who can be brought over to our side to actively work on behalf of unborn children. Which brings us back to “Mitosis” and
Three. Sure, “Mitosis” tugs on heartstrings. But all of us operate using both our head and our heart and there is nothing in the film that plays unfairly in either sphere.
What the film does is remind us of the fundamental grounding of the pro-life position, one that transcends differences in religion (or lack thereof), race, socio-economic status, or whether we are married or single. To us, every…single…life….matters.
Pro-abortionists apply that to women but exclude unborn babies, over 50% of whom, by the way, are female.
“Mitosis” beautifully combines a recognition of the sacredness of every human life with an appreciation of how interrelated our lives are.
Almost everyone can recall John Donne’s phrase “no man is an island.” But let’s look at the language that surrounds these five famous words:
“And when she [the Church] buries a man, that action concerns me. All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language. … No man is an island, entire of itself…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
To the pro-abortionist, the death of each “unwanted” child enhances a woman’s prospects. To those who see the bigger picture, we know that each child’s death diminishes not only the mother but also you…and me… and all of us.
Director Hannah Victoria is teaching us about the potential that is squandered in the death of each and every child, what could happen if they had been allowed to be born. A revolutionary insight? Of course not, but neither are most of the “givens” that fortify and build up a culture.
Thanks to the work of her very capable hands, the viewer is assured that each life is of infinite value and encouraged to pass that enduring truth along each and every day.