Barnard College Hosts Movie Contest Celebrating Abortion

Tierin-Rose Mandelburg | December 11, 2023
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Barnard College in New York, a private women’s school, just closed submissions for its annual Athena Film Festival for aspiring filmmakers - where winners will be rewarded with mentorship on how to promote abortion, The College Fix reported. 

“The Abortion Pipeline Project (APP) is an annual narrative screenplay competition for feature and short film scripts which seeks to seed and source a variety of narrative film projects which center abortion,” the description states, according to The College Fix. Next year's film festival is set to take place February 29 through March 4.

Contestants were instructed to include "a woman, trans or non-binary character(s) in leadership role(s) or position(s)” and “contain representation of, meaningful mention of, or thematic reference to abortion.” Winners will “receive a direct financial grant to help them advance their script, mentorship from reproductive justice experts, and support from writing advisors – everything the writers need to create authentic abortion stories.”

Barnard College partnered with different groups to sponsor the program, one of which was "We Testify," an organization that “invests in abortion storytellers to elevate their voices and expertise, particularly those of color, those from rural and conservative communities, those who are queer-identified, those with varying abilities and citizenship statuses, and those who needed support when navigating barriers while accessing abortion care” and notes that “people who have abortions are our future” on its website

This isn’t the first time Barnard College has shown how pro-abort it is. In 2022, the school announced that it would offer abortion pills to students. Similarly, the college invited Hillary Clinton to speak back in 2019, where the former First Lady talked all about codifying abortion rights into state law.

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American Life League President and Co-founder Judie Brown told The College Fix she's disappointed in Barnard’s contest.

“These efforts are part of a growing movement to mainstream abortion as though it were nothing more than part of women’s healthcare,” she said, adding, “Pro-abortion signals support for abortion whereas pro-[c]hoice is a term created by the pro-aborts to make their position sound more reasonable.”

Brown also called it a “shame” that women are so dedicated to “killing their offspring that they would resort to projects and promotions that advance the acceptance of abortion,” and pointed out the irony of a female institution promoting something so extremely anti-woman. 

“Nothing like undermining your own mission,” she said.

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