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On September 13, 2018, Netflix released its documentary called “Reversing Roe.” The film is described as “an illuminating look at the state of abortion and women’s rights.” They began filming for this documentary over a year and a half ago. The crew tracked down an array of both pro-life and pro-choice men and women of different backgrounds to get a look at the abortion debate from people who make abortion their life’s work. They talked to everyone, from pro-choice church leaders, to pro-life feminists, and former abortion workers. But when the filming was all said and done, they made the decision to cut many of the pro-life interviews from the film. Among the women cut were Helen Alvare who is a pro-life law professor at George Mason University and the founder of Women Speak for Themselves, Abby Johnson who formerly worked at an abortion facility and is the founder of And Then There Were None, and Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa who is the founder of New Wave Feminists. Many pro-life advocates have taken to social media to express their disappointment in the film.
Destiny’s organization New Wave Feminists was founded to give the pro-life movement a much needed secular, non-partisan voice. “New Wave Feminists is obviously kind of breaking the mold a little bit,” she stated in an interview with FFL, “which is ironically probably why we were left out of this documentary.” She said that “clearly they wanted to continue this stereotype that in order to be pro-life it has to be from a religious perspective and that it couldn’t possibly be based on science or logic or ethics, which is completely, 100% what we base our pro-life views on. It’s very obvious to me that this was a very agenda driven piece.”
In a press release, Netflix said that they “offering candid and riveting interviews with key figures from both sides of the divide” and were “unflinching in its commitment to telling the whole story,” but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Even the New York Times pointed out that “there’s no doubt that the film has been made from a pro-abortion-rights perspective.”
Destiny wanted to encourage young pro-life women by saying “Be encouraged by this. This should fuel your activism because this means they’re scared and that’s kind of awesome too. If they had included us in this documentary. it would have meant that they thought we were making ourselves sound stupid, so the fact that they couldn’t even use one line from anything any of us said is very encouraging. I think it shows that we have too much credibility on our side.”