Abortion

Threats Cancel NYC Premiere of Anti-Abortion Movie "Blood Money"

| by Jill Stanek

Here we have another example demonstrating that "choice" and free speech only go one direction in the minds of pro-aborts. What are they so afraid of?

The film BloodMoney, an exposé exposing the underbelly of the abortion industry (which I've previously discussed), was scheduled to premiere in New York City at Spectrum Theatres May 5.

But Spectrum management abruptly canceled the screening last week, apparently due to pro-abort threats, according to TimesUnion.com:

Roman Jaquez, a Troy filmmaker and producer of BloodMoney, said that Keith Pickard, an owner of the Spectrum, called him last week to say that he had canceled the screening after receiving phone calls from people threatening to picket outside the theater if the film was shown. Jaquez had rented the theater for 4 screenings Wednesday and Thursday and sold tickets himself...

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Pickard confirmed that he had canceled the opening but denied it was because of potential protestors. He declined to give a reason.


Nicole Hungerford at NewsReelBlog.com added pro-aborts also threatened to "disrupt the showing of the film."

I called Spectrum a 45 minutes ago but got voicemail. I'll let you know if I hear back.

The movie's premise, according to the website:

BloodMoney is a documentary film that exposes the truth behind the Abortion Industry from the Pro Life perspective.

This film will examine the history of abortion in America, from the inception of Planned Parenthood and the profitability of abortion clinics, to Roe v. Wade, to the denial of when life begins, to the fight to save the lives of innocent babies, and the devastating effects it has had on the women that have had them.

Blood Money director David Kyl said in a statement, according to TimesUnion.com, "I find it hypocritical that pro-abortion activists claim to be pro-choice but don't want the public to have a choice in what films they can watch."

Jaquez was forced to stand outside the theater Wednesday refunding money for the 1st of 4 canceled showings, 1 of which was sold out, according to Hungerford.

But there's a silver lining. According to TimesUnion.com:

A portion of the profits from the Madison screenings will be donated to pregnancy centers, [Jaquez] said - Alpha Pregnancy Care Center in Albany and Alight Care Center in Troy. Tickets are $10.

The cancellation could benefit the film, he said. Instead of 4 screenings over 2 days at the Spectrum, it will have 20 screenings over 7 at the Madison.

"The amount of interest to see the film has multiplied," he said.

Agreed. Kyl sent me a dvd of the movie a few weeks ago, and I finally had a chance to start viewing it 2 days ago but didn't finish. Now I'll be sure to. Here's the trailer:

show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYaTywSDmls&feature=player_embedded

I spoke with Kyl by phone. He said YouTube hits and sign-ups have increased significantly since Spectrum canceled. Here is BloodMoney's Facebook page.

As for management's changing story, Kyl said, "There's nothing we can prove. But objectively, why would a theater give money back once a movie has been booked and paid for?"