Tracy Robinson’s journey to becoming a director was not a straight road. The “vision” for her first foray into filmmaking was a part of her forged trail, and something she wanted to document for others who have walked a similar path.
Robinson’s documentary film, The Matter of LifeOn Monday, May 16, and Tuesday May 17, ‘The Matter of Life’ premieres in the United States. The film is a compelling journey about how our country has become so divided on the hows and the whys surrounding, “the matter of life.” With the potential reversal of Roe V. WadeWhat can we do to protect life and preserve the humanity of our child from the womb as we move into the future?
Robinson, a child of a Christian family, did not believe until she attended film school at The Brooks Institute.
“I always wondered if God was going to use my degree and my growing experience in order to do something that he wanted me to do. But I never—it never occurred to me in my wildest dreams that I would be doing—embracing the topic of abortion, let alone making a film about it.”
Robinson talked about how she went from being anagnostic to pro-life, and then transformed to telling the truth.
Robinson spoke out about how important Alan Shlemon, of Stand to Reason, and Scott Klusendorf, of Life Training Institute, were to her story.
“What I wanted to put in the film was that we always need to bring it back to the humanity of the child. And we can go off on all these tangents about the woman, the woman’s rights, and her circumstances, but it really goes back to her son or daughter. Let’s focus on her pride and joy here. So, it’s a life and it’s worthy of protection. So, that’s what I wanted to come across.”
Robinson succeeds in that regard, as I explained in the film’s review. The life argument wins when you forget about the religious issues and just focus on the medical side of abortion. The support for life is increasing with the advancement of medical science. This industry doesn’t want pregnant mothers to see their ultrasound. And if it is not a life, then why are they harvesting the aborted child’s body parts and organs?
There is no medical or moral ground for the abortion industry; it can only make narratives that deflect and distract from the issue of life.
I was struck by Robinson’s description of herself as having grown up in a post-Roe world. When I was 7 years old, my mother thought that it was because of this. Roe V. WadeIt was also decided. My reasons for being pro-life were always religious—life begins at conception, and any deliberate destruction of that life was wrong. Robinson was actually born about ten years after the 1973 abortion decision. The PR on the subject of abortion had already been normalized and falsified. Even though we have faith in the concept of abortion, our understanding of embryology is limited so it’s easy to see that many women over the years have believed this lie, as well as their commitment to killing life.
Life’s MatterAnthony Levatino, a doctor who was able to see the medical side of child humanity from a medical standpoint, played a pivotal role in reaffirming that fact. Dr. Levatino was a pro-choice OB/GYN and spent decades performing abortions. He finally realized the truth through personal tragedy and a scientific record. Robinson discusses his life and how it influenced the documentary.
In discussing the SCOTUS leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion, and its intended and unintended consequences, it was great to discover that the leak worked in Life’s Matter‘s favor. Robinson explains how it happened.
Robinson created this documentary because she was inspired by people like her. The truth was for those who have been on the fence regarding abortion and were unable to accept the lies being told by the abortion industry. Robinson stated that Robinson’s audience also includes the Evangelical Church, which in a variety of ways has been silent or ignorant about the issue of life.
The Guttmacher Institute tracks the global abortion industry and abortion statistics worldwide. According to 2017 data, 400,000 abortions in America were performed by women who claimed to be Christians.
This documentary examines how the church failed and this disconnect. Although there are many pro-choice Catholics, the vast majority of Catholics as well as Evangelical Christian churches claim they are prolife. When the rubber hits the road, however, churches are failing to not only point their members to resources but also help them make the right decision about life. It is an anti-woman and pro-child stance.
Robinson and me discussed the possibility of that changing. No matter what the Supreme Court’s decision, it will affect our lives. DobbsHow can the church be a place of refuge for pregnant women and unborn children? How can the church be an educational resource that empowers mothers to make choices and live a happy life?
The discussion was fruitful and weighed-down. The documentary can be viewed on its history and offers hope for the future.
You can learn more or purchase tickets to the film in your region by visiting Life’s Matter‘s website or fathomevents.com.