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Once the voice of C.S. Lewis’ beloved Christ-like figure, Aslan, in the film adaptation of “The Chronicles of Narnia,” noted A-List actor Liam Neeson has now lent his iconic vocals to an independent pro-abortion Irish film.
Produced by Irish writer and director Graham Linehan, the short film “Chains” focuses on Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws, which only allow a woman to terminate a pregnancy if her life or health is directly threatened. The film will debut on Monday when Amnesty International, a human rights activist group, will use the film to help kick off a campaign urging Northern Ireland to expand its notoriously pro-life abortion rights.
Linehan said he and his wife, Helen, were forced to seek an abortion in the United Kingdom after the couple was told their 12-week-old unborn child had a medical condition and would not survive more than an hour after birth. According to Linehan, the fact that his wife would have been forced to carry their child to term under Northern Ireland’s current abortion law is “barbaric.”
From the Irish Times report:
Helen Linehan told the Guardian she was prompted to make the film by a sense of outrage at how she could have been criminalised for a difficult decision had she not been living in England at the time. She would have found it very hard to have been forced to carry a baby to term in the knowledge that it was going to die as soon as it was born.
The article later continued:
Ms. Linehan said her experience was “absolutely devastating.” She added, “It is unthinkable that, had we been living in Ireland, I would have been forced to carry the pregnancy to term and give birth to a baby that would be dead within minutes.”
The Linehans and have been joined by the The North’s Human Rights Commission, an activist group, in calling for Northern Ireland to broaden its abortion laws to include cases of rape, incest and fetal anomalies.