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The 40 Pro-Life Film Should Be Aired On PBS

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By REY FLORES

It was last week that PBS aired After Tiller, a documentary about the four last late-term abortionists left in America after abortionist George Tiller was gunned down a few years back by an obviously mentally unstable person.
PBS, the Public Broadcasting System, is a publicly funded broadcasting entity that many of us grew up watching. What once was a respite from mainstream commercial television has now become just one more platform to push pro-abortion propaganda and other anti-Christian agendas, like homosexuality.
As a child, I enjoyed the daily visit to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood or a stroll down Sesame Street. As I grew older, I enjoyed all of the National Geographic programs featuring all sorts of wildlife and deep-sea expeditions with Jacques Cousteau.
As an adult, I also had many hours of laughs watching the British comedy of John Cleese in Fawlty Towers and other shows. Also, who could forget a lazy Saturday afternoon watching This Old House or Julia Child’s cooking shows?
Yes, folks, the PBS of yesterday is no more. PBS has gone the way of National Public Radio (NPR), which is also publicly funded, but has been sending left-wing propaganda across America’s airwaves for decades unchecked. If these two entities are publicly funded, why are we tolerating their one-sided programming?
An official petition has been established to let PBS know that many of their longtime supporters and viewers are upset that only one side of the abortion debate is being presented. We demand that PBS also air The 40 Film. The petition can be found online at: https://www.change.org/p/petition-pbs-for-equal-voice-on-the-abortion-debate.
The 40 Film would be the perfect counterargument to After Tiller and, in all fairness, it should be given equal airtime on the station. If the pro-abortion supporters at PBS feel so justified and righteous about airing the Tiller film, what would be their objection to airing The 40 Film?
In response to PBS’s airing of After Tiller, the pro-life movement took to social media to demand that PBS air The 40 Film by sharing the aforementioned petition on Facebook and Twitter.
On PBS’s Facebook page, the comment boards were lighting up for days afterward. People who were both for and against the airing of the Tiller film let their thoughts and feelings be known in no uncertain terms, and as expected, the pro-aborts were the only ones expressing themselves in angry tones, at times using crass and foul language.
Without fail, anti-Christian comments were also a common theme on the comment thread. In some cases, I was lectured on “Christian privilege” and how my “Santa Claus, big daddy in the sky” beliefs had no place in the discussion.
As vulgar and offensive as some of the pro-aborts were, one of the most shocking, but sadly not surprising, comments I read was from a woman I’ll refer to only as Teresa: “For the record, I have never personally had an abortion. I have had people close to me who have, as well as adoption. I gave birth at 18 and struggled a lot. I had a lot of guilt about choosing to keep my baby. She has turned out wonderfully, but if I had it all to do over I would have chosen differently.”
How terribly sad! Can you imagine how her daughter would feel if she heard her own mother basically say, “I should have killed you”?
This comment and many others posted are cold, callous, misinformed, cruel, antagonistic, and just plain pathetic on several levels.
At some point, PBS even commented on its own thread that it would delete and block any comments or commentators deemed offensive or abusive. Of course, that threat was only directed at pro-lifers who were commenting in the defense of life.
As a publicly funded television broadcasting station, it is PBS’s obligation to air fair and balanced programming that reflects the public at large. Recent polls have shown that more and more Americans see abortion as a negative and identify themselves as pro-life.
I strongly encourage you to sign the above petition for PBS to air The 40 Film and by all means contact your local PBS affiliate and let its directors know that if they continue to receive public funding, they should reflect the entire public and not just the sector that is in favor of abortion.
Visit www.pbs.org/about/contact/ for information about how to contact PBS.
If you do use social media, please post the aforementioned petition on your Facebook page and share it far and wide and if you use Twitter, please use the hashtag #The40FilmOnPBS. Watch the 40 trailer at www.The40Film.com.
If PBS doesn’t air The 40 Film, then its airing of After Tiller only goes to show that it is nothing more than another propaganda machine for liberal causes.

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(Rey Flores is a Catholic writer and speaker and can be contacted at reyfloresusa@gmail.com.)

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