By OSV staff - OSV Newsweekly, 4/22/2012
It was made for a pittance and opened in less than 400 theaters its first weekend, but the pro-life film “October Baby” is making some in the abortion establishment very nervous.
The movie, about a 19-year-old woman who goes on a journey to find her biological mother after discovering she was born after a failed abortion, has been a box-office success, debuting at No. 8 the weekend of March 23 and expanding to 190 new theaters April 13. “October Baby’s” co-writers and co-directors, brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin, have pledged to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to crisis pregnancy centers, as well as adoption agencies.
According to The New York Times in an April 4 story, that success does not please NARAL Pro-Choice America, whose spokesman said that the group was “concerned that some proceeds from this film could be going to organizations that may intentionally mislead women about their health-care options.”
Given the original headline to the Times story, “Anti-Abortion Film Is Pro-Profit,” perhaps the newspaper isn’t so thrilled about “October Baby,” either. The headline on the web version to the article was later changed to “Film Inspired by ‘Abortion Survivor’ Is Quiet Hit.”
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