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Barnard College launches movie contest to ‘celebrate’ abortion

Winners will get professional help pushing abortion message in film

Barnard College wants “to celebrate and support abortion stories.”

Its annual Athena Film Festival recently closed submissions for its mentorship program. Winners of the script competition will be announced at the film festival scheduled for Feb. 29- March 4, 2024.

Winners of the project will receive mentorship on how to better promote the direct killing of innocent preborn babies. “The Abortion Pipeline Project (APP) is an annual narrative screenplay competition for feature and short film scripts which seeks to seed and source a variety of narrative film projects which center abortion,” the description states.

It is “a new fund to celebrate and support abortion stories.”

The project “will introduce writers to reproductive justice leaders to ensure the scripts are steeped in expertise.”

The goal is “to give creatives a positive and generative experience of collaboration with abortion justice experts within the reproductive justice movement.”

Partners with the New York City college include pro-abortion group We Testify and filmmaker Jess Jacobs. Neither responded to two requests for comment sent in the past month that asked if they would consider themselves “pro-abortion” versus “pro-choice.”

They were also asked to define the word “women.”

We Testify says it “unapologetically believes that people who have abortions are our future.”

Barnard also did not respond to requests for comment.

“One in three women and birthing people in the United States has had an abortion, a reality we have yet to see reflected in the lives of characters we love onscreen,” Jacobs stated in the Barnard news release.

Filmmakers were asked to “have a woman, trans or non-binary character(s) in leadership role(s) or position(s)” and “contain representation of, meaningful mention of, or thematic reference to abortion.”

But the scripts must also be in English though “dialogue intended to be filmed in non-English language is OK.”

“We strongly encourage you to apply if you are from a marginalized or underrepresented group, particularly in the film industry,” the project states.

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A longtime pro-life leader criticized the film festival.

Judie Brown, president and co-founder of American Life League, commented that “[t]hese efforts are part of a growing movement to mainstream abortion as though it were nothing more than part of women’s healthcare.”

“Pro-abortion signals support for abortion whereas pro-[c]hoice is a term created by the pro-aborts to make their position sound more reasonable,” Brown told The Fix via email.

Barnard College seems to have a broad definition of “women” as seen in its Transgender Policy which states “Barnard will consider for admission those applicants who consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth.”

“Every woman is created in the image and likeness [of] God. The word woman is not a term, it is an identification of the female gender at the point following adolescence,” Brown told The Fix.

She said it is shameful that women are promoting abortion.

“It is a shame that there are women so committed to killing their offspring that they would resort to projects and promotions that advance the acceptance of abortion,” she said. “After all, at least fifty percent of all abortions, take the lives of females … the gender the college seeks to promote. Nothing like undermining your own mission!”

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About the Author
College Fix contributor William Hurley is a student at Hope College where he studies political science and theology. He is active in many clubs including Hope Republicans, Hope Catholics, and Students Cherishing Life. He has written for the Hope College student newspaper, The Anchor.