The wonderful thing about the Internet is that anyone can make their own documentaries and share their beliefs and thoughts, however us as audience members need to remember that these people have agendas and wants behind these documentaries, and what they show you isn’t always what it seems.
The LaBrant family are an American vlogging family that seem very religious in Christianity. They created an abortion documentary to speak to women who have gone through choosing not to have an abortion and even attempting an abortion, as well as doctors who have performed abortions on women and what that has done to their opinions on the topic.
In the documentary we see this couple speak to a few different women who have struggled with abortion in their lives, from a woman who was homeless when she got pregnant and not knowing how she’ll be able to handle having a baby, to another woman who tried to abort her now born daughter however the procedure did not go as planned and she was born several months later perfectly fine. It really gives you a white saviour look at abortions and every woman they speak to is very top level when it comes to this procedure.
At no point do they talk to women who have had children and realise that it was a mistake and that their lives have in someways gotten worse due to family issues or financial struggles etc. and at no point do they speak to any women who decided to have an abortion and thought it was the best option for them. None of these women were raped or abused and none of these women came from abusive households, and yes while some of them had to raise the child alone at no point were they coerced into having an abortion but it does seem that perhaps, due to the religious side of things, they were coerced into keeping the child.
What I found especially harrowing with this documentary was when they were showing an animated version of the abortion procedure the baby in that animation was fully formed, and so when you saw the abortion hypothetically take place it really hurt knowing that a fully formed baby was being ripped from life, however in real life most of the time abortions happen before the baby even resembles a human being and so this was a lot of emotional blackmail and coercion in my eyes.
It was also frustrating how everyone they spoke to had a religious background in that they either found God while going through this situation or they were already faithful to God and knew that it was part of His plan. What about women who don’t believe in a higher power? What about women who believe that their choices and actions are their own? And how hard must it be for someone to not have someone to turn to, to help them in their time of need and not have this higher power telling them that this is His plan. It’s very one note and so marginalised in the whole scope of abortion that it really doesn’t help anyone in this situation, because unless you are a white person or a person of privilege who believes in God you’re not going to resonate with these people, and really it’s just going to scare you in both situations whether you get an abortion or keep the baby.
If you are someone who is trying to look for choices in the situation that you’re in then I definitely don’t recommend this documentary because it is so biased. Even with the story we hear of the father in the LaBrant family, his grandmother was given up for adoption at four months old (which shows that their choice to keep her wasn’t the best choice for them at that time financially) and while he goes on to say that he is grateful that his grandmother was born because that meant his mother was born and ultimately he was too, if she wasn’t born then none of this would matter and this wouldn’t be a story. It’s such a selfish way to look at things that thank God that I was born even though my great grandparents had to struggle.
I am definitely pro-choice, I think whatever someone else does with their body isn’t something that I should have an opinion on as it doesn’t affect my life so why should I care? I think the biggest thing with any abortion talk is we shouldn’t look at that as an easy out of being pregnant but we should be concentrating on the contraception and the educational side of things to make sure that women and men are able to protect themselves from having to make such a big decision when really it’s something that no one wants to make.
Until next time.
I found this article to be interesting, but I don’t think I agree with everything in it. I would describe myself as pro-life unless there is no other option (i.e. the mother will die or be seriously injured if she doesn’t get an abortion). I agree with you that abortion should not be the first thing a couple turns to when they have an unwanted pregnancy, and that’s one of the things I find the most wrong about it; we have no system in place to decide which people really do need an abortion and which people need to deal with being pregnant. I understand where you are coming from, and not having seen this documentary myself I cannot really give my views on it. I think the thing I took issue most with is your last comment, that it isn’t your problem since it doesn’t effect your life. First of all, that’s an attitude we take with too many problems only to find out that it does affect us. For instance, if someone chooses to abort a child, you don’t know who you just essentially got rid of, they could be the person that saves the world, or comes up with a cure to some sickness. While it may not seem like a person, it is, it’s life that God has started forming. So, not knowing who this person is, you don’t know who they’ll help and how much worse off the world might be without them. Still, I understand why abortion needs to be available, though, I think we should find a way for people who are financially unable to take of a child to be able to take care of the child or at least give it a good home, and try to give enough options to people that abortion is used as little as possible.
Thank you for posting about the LaBrant Fam. I wasn’t aware of their ministry before…very helpful and informative documentary that I will pass on.