I'm not going to comment on my views on pro-choice or pro-life and the rather different stances of anti-choice and anti-life. I will be commenting on how I felt about this documentary as a film and how I felt about some of its content.
I was attracted to this documentary because it presents itself as being balanced and unbiased. In contrast, is the content of the film. There is entirely too much time devoted to the ramblings of fanatical 'pro-life' men. They were hateful, homophobic and sexist. I'm pretty sure there are rational minded pro-life people who believe in their cause because of a reason other than god - but according to this documentary, they don't exist. The bias factor kicks in when the filmmaker talks about his reaction to a particular pro-life nutjob, and calling him 'evil'... which he is, but the audience can figure that out themselves.
There is also a noted lack of variety in the interviews. Almost everyone is a white male. Some are white females. Almost everyone, I'm certain, talked about god and Christianity. I'm sure people of different ethnicity and religions (or atheists) have something to contribute to the topic.
The abortion procedure along with the images of the foetal organisms are graphic. They were eye-opening and have the ability to sway people in their beliefs. The worst bits, however, come when someone showed the archaic contraception and abortion tools. There is one particular picture of a woman dead with a hanger down there that actually brought tears to my eyes.
Other than that, I liked how the film was set out and although sometimes the time-line wasn't clear or the issues started rambling, it is a good documentary. I just feel that people should be aware of the flaws of the film itself.
If I was undecided before the film, I'd be pro-choice after watching it. The horrible and creepy pro-life men in this film make it very undesirable to be a part of their fight. It's also a concern that they actually might be winning (if this documentary is to be believed).
It's filmed in black and white, with a lot of close-ups, giving it a look of bleak timelessness. It's something I haven't seen in a documentary film before and I'm not entirely sure I want to see that sort of film-making in documentaries again.
Watch it but be wary of the disgust you feel when those men start their rants and when you see the graphic images.