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.