12th and Delaware
Cathleen Kaveny April 8, 2010 - 8:16am
Melinda Henneberger's new column is on the documentary about abortion activists, 12th and Delaware. She argues that it is "unbalanced"--the prolife group seems constricted and mean in their outlook, and doesn't resemble people that she knows who are prolife, including herself.In a post below, Nancy Dallavalle asks whether we could open a thread on the column and movie: She writes:Maybe one of your bloggers could start a thread on the excellent Melinda Hennebergers review of 12th and Delaware. She says the documentary compares two womens clinics one that does abortions and a Catholic crisis pregnancy clinic (CPC) and chafes at the creepy and judgmental picture of the CPC volunteers. She finds the film Unbalanced because the CPC folks seem like the lunatic fringe of the pro-lifers with whom she (and I) would identify.But heres my question: the film apparently compares the sensibilities of those who volunteer at two clinics. Is it possible that the film is perfectly balanced with regard to its task comparing the kind of people who volunteer at these kind of clinics? And does that tell us something?I myself teach Alexander Paine's film Citizen Ruth about the abortion political debate--which makes everyone look, well, equally bad. (It functions as a shocking contrast to the beauty of Evangelium Vitae, which I read just before showing the film).I haven't seen this yet.In any case, Nancy, here's your thread.
About the Author
Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.