How a Pro-Life Film Hooked Pro-Choice Groups

Sital Kalantry explores 'It's a Girl'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 6, 2013 4:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Pro-choice and feminist groups are flocking to It's a Girl, a documentary about sex-selective abortions in China and India. But the film's director actually worked for a pro-life ministry, a fact that appears to have been carefully hidden, writes Sital Kalantry on Slate. Kalantry details how she became suspicious after realizing the film does not acknowledge its funding sources. Eventually, she figured out that film director Evan Grae Davis is also known as Evan Davis, former (he says) media director of the pro-life Harvest Media Ministry. Shadowline Films, which produced the documentary, has the same address as Harvest and the two entities are linked in other ways.

The film's website asks for donations to organizations including Women's Rights Without Frontiers, which is part of a coalition trying to ban sex-selective abortion in the US. "Whether or not the intent of the movie is to push states to adopt sex-selection abortions bans, pro-life groups seem to be using it for that," Kalantry writes. "Although no one supports sex-selective abortion, pro-choice groups correctly worry that such laws could be misused to restrict abortion more broadly." And this is not the way to combat sex-selective abortions in India and China, either, says Kalantry: First, the inequalities that make sons preferred over daughters must be erased. Click for Kalantry's full column.

Poster for the film.   (Shadowline Films)
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