WASHINGTON – In a new documentary that looks to blow the lid off the pro-choice movement, a former independent abortion clinic owner reveals the abortion industry as one of sales, scripts and marketing.
"The abortion clinic is a constant cycle of making money," says Carol Everett, who managed three different abortion clinics in Dallas County before becoming a pro-life author and speaker.
"Blood Money," which screened Wednesday night at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, features the testimony of lawyers, scientists, priests, abortion patients and clinic insiders to expose abortion more as a money-maker than a medical service.
Everett is especially crucial to the film's premise. The former abortion provider gives chilling accounts of how she ran her business. According to Everett, counselors answering the phones were actually trained saleswomen reading from scripts. Doctors performing the abortions packed their schedules to perform 20 to 30 abortions an hour. Newly diagnosed moms were encouraged to make on-the-spot decisions for an abortion for a discounted price.
"Nobody knows what goes on in an abortion clinic," Everett says in the film. "I realize I have been involved in the deaths of 35,000 babies."
In "Blood Money," as she's done in a number of speaking engagements, Everett tells the tales of some of those abortions. In one particular story, Everett tells the story of a woman who came in to have an abortion and ended up with a perforated uterus.
"Her uterus was perforated [and] her bowel was sticking out of her vagina," she recalls.
In another story, Everett tells of a woman's procedure going horribly wrong.
"I've never seen so much blood," she recalls thinking upon opening the door to the operating room. The patient was eventually sent home, where she bled to death later that night.
"We killed that woman," says Everett, who was actively involved in the abortion rights movement for over six years.
For "Blood Money," filmmakers gathered a number of testimonials from advocates in several pro-life groups, including Priests for Life and Pro-Life Unity.
"We asked a number of people in the pro-life community to make a list of those they thought should be in the film," says executive producer David Kyle.
As for the post- abortive women, Kyle says, "It was providence that we just happened across them."
In the movie, abortion patients share their stories of being coerced into abortion, and their unforgettable procedures.
They also talk about experiencing depression and suicidal tendencies afterward.
"I took a bunch of drugs and slit my wrist," one woman says.
Regarding the testimonies, film narrator Alveda King, daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, blames the U.S. Supreme Court for having "opened up the floodgates for abortion clinics to make money off the pain and suffering of women."
In the infamous Roe v. Wade case, the 1973 Supreme Court held in a 7-2 ruling that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman's decision to have an abortion. Abortion, therefore, was deemed a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution.
In addition to testimonies, the film also explores the origins of the landmark Roe v. Wade case, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, and statistics that some pro-lifers say prove that abortion is wiping out the African-American minority.
Kyle says he is currently trying to drum up enough interest to get the film in theaters.
"If we could find a distributor willing to [show the movie nationally], we would. Unfortunately, to date none have shown an interest," he reports.
The movie was featured in Chicago last month. A DVD of the film has also been made available for purchase on the website www.bloodmoneyfilm.com.
"Friends of the Film" currently include Priests for Life, King for America, Pro-Life Unity, and Living Hope for Life. The movie also has over 9,000 Facebook members.