Director Bruce Isacson claims that his "dramumentary," titled "South Dakota: A Woman's Right To Choose," is meant to educate viewers on both sides of the abortion debate. Yet as Robin Abcarian of the LA Times reports, that claim is questionable.
I haven't seen the film yet, so it would be unfair for me to make an overall judgment on it, yet I do find it somewhat unsettling that an abortion documentary (or "dramumentary," rather) that sells itself as neutral is being promoted by the same company, Motive Entertainment, that marketed both "The Passion of the Christ" and Ben Stein's pro-intelligent design documentary, "Expelled."
The use of fetus pictures and clips of people thanking their mother for having them also ring quite familiar as typical practices of the anti-choice camp, and according to Abcarian, "Thus far, no high-profile abortion rights supporter has seen it," though Elisabeth Hasselbeck and James Dobson have, which sets off a few alarm bells, as well. As I said, I'll have to watch the entire film to really get a sense of its neutrality or lack thereof, but it seems that the filmmaker has already accomplished his goal: his movie has people talking.