The star and director of an upcoming movie about the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide says he was surprised to learn the unvarnished facts surrounding the infamous case – and he believes Americans will be surprised, too.
“I was shocked,” Nick Loeb told Christian Headlines, adding that until now, “nobody's really made the true story.”
The film, Roe v. Wade (PG-13), will release in April, telling the story from both sides. It follows the lawyers for Norma McCorvey, who was the plaintiff in the case and was known as “Jane Roe.” It also follows the attorneys from the office of Henry Wade, the local district attorney. The inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court – which heard oral arguments in the case twice – also are spotlighted.
Most of the film, though, focuses on Bernard Nathanson, an abortion doctor who helped found the pro-choice organization NARAL but later became pro-life. He helped create the 1984 pro-life movie The Silent Scream. Loeb, who co-directed and co-produced Roe v. Wade, plays Nathanson.
Abortion became legal in America, Loeb said, through “corruption.”
“Like most Americans, I had no idea,” Loeb said.
The film also stars Jon Voight as Chief Justice Warren Burger, Corbin Bernsen as Justice Harry Blackmun, John Schneider as Justice Byron White, and Stacey Dash as pro-life doctor Mildred Jefferson.
Roe v. Wade is for pro-lifers and pro-choicers, Loeb said.
“The purpose of the movie is not to preach to the choir,” he told Christian Headlines. “The purpose of the movie is to show what happened. … These are the facts. Now, you decide.”
Still, Loeb hopes the pro-life community rallies around the movie. Loeb is pro-life.
“The reason we continually lose this fight is because we've got 100 organizations all fighting each other, while the Left has one, which is Planned Parenthood,” he said.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.