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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries: Pro-Life Issues

This page lists DVDs which may be useful in the study of abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell research, and other similar topics. Most items have a pro-life perspective, but items from other perspectives are also included.


The Biology of Prenatal Development

The Biology of Prenatal Development

QM603 .B56 2006 DVD
42 minutes
An overview of key features of human embryonic development with video sequences and animations.


Choice, Then and Now

HQ767.5 .U5 C4653 2010 DVD
Three films from an abortion-rights perspective: When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories, From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion, and The Fragile Promise of Choice: Abortion in the United States Today.

Christ or Caesar?

Christ or Caesar? When Compliance Violates Conscience

R 725.56 .W67 2009 DVD
Presentations at the 22nd Workshop for Bishops organised by the National Catholic Bioethics Centre. See also Urged on by Christ, the 21st Workshop for Bishops (below).

Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water: Combating the Culture of Death on the High Seas

HQ767.5 .I73 D434 2007 DVD
29 minutes
An account of Human Life International's battle against the "abortion boat", a floating abortion clinic, when it travelled to the shores of Ireland in 2001.

Defending Life 2009

Defending Life 2009

HQ767.3 .D34 2009 DVD
13 30 minute programs
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, discusses pro-life politics, life issues in the medical field, the fruits of sidewalk counselling, and more.

Exodus 09

Exodus 09

HQ767.3 .E963 2009 DVD
Salt and Light Televisions coverage of the 12th annual National March for Life in Ottawa.

I Was Wrong

I Was Wrong

HQ767.5 .U5 I2 2006 DVD
30 minutes
The story of two women - Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade) and Joyce Zounis (a woman who had seven abortions) - and how their hearts have been changed.

In the Womb

In the Womb Collection

RG613 .I5 2009 DVD
Four National Geographic documentaries on fetal development. The first episode, "In the Womb" (90 minutes), examines the nine month journey which a human embryo undergoes before birth. The other episodes look at fetal development in the animal kingdom, multiple births, and identical twins.

Last Abortion Clinic

HQ 767.5 .U5 L36 DVD
60 minutes; released 2005.
A PBS Frontline video investigating the steady decline in the number of physicians and clinics performing abortions.

Moral Implications of Scientific Advances

The Moral Implications of Scientific Advances

R 724 .M66 2004 DVD
53 minutes; released 2004.
Bill Moyers talks with physician and philosopher Leon R. Kass about the moral implications of euthanasia and of medical advances in .phpsted reproduction.

Mortal Choices and Public Policy

Mortal Choices and Public Policy

HQ767.15 .M335 2004 DVD
52 minutes; released 2004
Bill Moyers talks with bioethics professor Ruth Macklin about the philosophical problems which confront medical personnel, patients, and their families.

Preserving Africa's Culture of Life

HQ767.5 .A475 2006 DVD
A Human Life International production which examines how traditional family values have been attacked in Africa.

Reflections on Science and Conscience

R725.56 .R445 2003 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute's work to promote and protect the dignity of the human person.

The Silent Scream

The Silent Scream

HQ767 .S454 2006 DVD
28 minutes
Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a former abortionist, explains the procedure of a first trimester suction abortion as it is seen on an ultrasound screen.

Stem Cell Research

Stem Cell Research: Finding Cures We Can All Live With

QH588 .S83 S7 2005 DVD
15 minutes
A clear overview of the key scientific and ethical issues involved in stem cell research, featuring patients who have benefited from scientifically and ethically superior stem cell research, and commentary from nationally-recognized experts.

Turning the Tide

Turning the Tide: Dignity, Comp.phpon and Euthanasia

R726 .T876 2007 DVD
29 minutes
Through the lives of five individuals, this production explores how the legalisation of euthanasia would affect society, in particular those who are most vulnerable - the disabled, the elderly and those who are chronically ill.

Unborn in the USA

HQ767.5 .U6 U53 2007 DVD
105 minutes; released 2007.
An examination of the pro-life movement in the United States over the past 35 years, offering insight into both the religious and political ideologies of this social movement.

Urged on by Christ

Urged on by Christ: Catholic Health Care in Tension with Contemporary Culture

R 725.56 .W67 2007 DVD
Presentations at the 21st Workshop for Bishops organised by the National Catholic Bioethics Centre. See also Christ of Caesar?, the 22nd Workshop for Bishops (above).
Also of interest: Movies on Pro-Life Issues


PN 1997.2 .B4553 2008 DVD
91 minutes; released 2007.
A young out-of-work woman considers having an abortion, but decides to give birth to the child and place her in adoption


PN 1997.2 .J866 2008 DVD
96 minutes; released 2007.
A sixteen-year-old girl discovers she is pregnant and decides to place her baby with an affluent couple.