I recently watched the 2010 documentary Bloodmoney: The Business of AbortionBloodmoney is narrated by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of A.D. King, also a civil-rights activist.

Many could have a knee-jerk reaction to a documentary like this, thinking that it’s propaganda made by right-wing religious extremists who want nothing more than to do away with every single abortion. While there are a couple of pastors interviewed, there are also scientists, but mostly people who worked at abortion clinics and women who have had abortions. The majority of the people interviewed are women.

Bloodmoney is not a condemnation of women who have gotten abortions. Rather it is an attempt to show what is not being shown about the whole process so that people can make a more informed decision. It is worth watching, even if it’s difficult to watch.

One of the main points of Bloodmoney is to show that groups like Planned Parenthood, which was founded by the confirmed racist and eugenicist Margaret Sanger, are often more interested in the money they can get from abortions than they are with telling women of the possible side effects. Apparently, unlike every other medical procedure, abortionists are not required to (and usually don’t) tell their patients of any of the possible side effects or results–which can include pain and bleeding, sterility, and depression severe enough to lead to suicide. Why is no one told about this?

Dr. Alveda King has another major problem with abortions, other than the facts that they take away life and expose women to trauma. Dr. King points out that minority women make up about 13% of the population, yet they make up about 36% of the number of women who get abortions. There are other groups in the African-American community who are bringing these statistics to light. There is even a group that calls it “black genocide.”

Much of the documentary is taken up with interviews of women who have suffered for years because of getting abortions. One woman stated that it would have been far easier to go through nine months of shame and discomfort to bear a child and give it up for adoption, rather than to bear the years of guilt and depression that came after she got an abortion.

Can you name any medical procedure where the patient is not advised of possible outcomes and side-effects before under-going the procedure? If abortion is such a good and necessary thing, why could it possibly be bad to know all there is to know about it? These are some of the questions that a movie like Bloodmoney can provoke, even if it doesn’t provide all the answers.

4 Responses

  1. Supercharged Hobbit

    No, I have not had the chance to watch this movie yet, nor am I personally for abortions. However, I am totally against someone telling someone else what they should and should not be allowed to do with their bodies. I’m glad someone is getting more info out there, if they believe it is not already made available to the women considering such a procedure.

    However, I also believe that if someone is serious enough (and has an OUNCE of common sense) when it comes to making such a drastic physical & emotional decision as an abortion, they would take it upon themselves to find out all the necessary information, such as side-effects, long term emotional effects, etc.

    If all these women are fighting so hard for the chance to “have the choice” then they should do nothing less for themselves then do everything in their power to make a well-informed choice so that they can live with the consequences of THEIR choice. It’s all about taking responsibility for the choices we make in life.

  2. The movie is not about telling people what to do or what not to do with their bodies.

    However, if you were to watch the movie and or talk to young women who have gone through the process, a lot of abortions that take place are young girls who are scared or ashamed because they got pregnant. They don’t do any research because they are told that there is someone who will help them with their “problem.” And they are not told about side-effects or about options other than abortion.

    And yes, people should absolutely be responsible for their own actions. But the agencies providing these services should also at the least be required to talk about the consequences, which they are generally not required to do. If they don’t talk about the side-effects or possible results, they are violating their own Hippocratic oath.

  3. I believe she studied journalism and sociology and got a MA in business. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Saint Anselm College.
    As I understand it, she also had several abortions early in her life, so she’s also speaking from a “been there” point of view.

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