Lake of Fire

Lake of Fire

DVD - 2008
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A look at the subject of abortion where there can be no absolutes, no 'right' or 'wrong.' Equal time is given to both sides, covering arguments from either extremes of the specturm, as well as those at the center, who acknowledge that, in the end, everyone is 'right' or 'wrong.'
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Thinkfilm, [2008]
Branch Call Number: 363.460973 LAK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (152 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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AQUILEA777
Apr 04, 2017

Shows mangled fetuses with large, accusing eyes and a look of horror. Choicers consider such photos unfair and irrelevant: abortion must be upheld because Christians oppose it.
--- Interesting clips of abortionist discussing dangers in his work -- and of the protester who later murdered him.
--- Shows the woman who was "Jane Roe" repudiating abortion after she found trays of fetuses in the clinic where she was working. This is a constant problem for the abortion side: its own people turn away in revulsion when they see what is actually happening.
--- In Roe v Wade, the Court declared that it could not determine when life begins, and therefore a woman's Constitutional right to privacy must prevail over state abortion laws. The supposed right to privacy is not found in the Constitution, but was imagined as implied in an earlier case -- a flimsy basis for consigning millions of human beings to death. Since the Court could not determine when life begins, it should have left the issue to the people acting through their state legislators.

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bitsysmom
Aug 20, 2015

When it got to the 10 minute mark in this film, you are shown a pain of "medical waste". There was a bloody mess in the pan, unidentifiable goop and blood. Also in the pan were a perfectly formed hand with all its fingers with the arm attached up to the elbow. The skin on the baby's arm was in perfect condition. Not a scratch on it. There was also a fully formed leg, up to the knee. This is the most disgusting picture that I have ever seen. However the abortion was performed, it ripped the body to shreds while leaving the extremities intact. YES! It is a baby. You've never heard anyone say "I'm having a foetus."

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Nursebob
Jan 27, 2015

Tony Kaye’s 2½ hour documentary on the abortion debate is as thorough and even-handed an examination of this divisive topic as you’re likely to find. Using crisp B&W cinematography and a dynamic editing style that affords equal time to his vast assembly of passionate talking heads, he refuses to join in the fray. Setting his camera up as passive observer instead, he remains silent while both sides of the issue wave their individual flags. Personally I found it difficult not to pass judgement on some of the more hostile elements of the “anti” side; their twisted, often contradictory rhetoric punctuated by vehement proselytizing as they compare abortion providers to Satan and Hitler. Many are seen to condone violence, intimidation and ever murder to get their pro-life message across while at the same time patently refusing to acknowledge the roles of contraception, education and social reform in reducing the incidence of unplanned pregnancy. As one professor of bioethics observes, abortion monomania is merely the thin edge of the wedge for conservative Christian reformers whose ultimate goal is to replace the Constitution with biblical law by whatever means necessary. Even Norma McCorvey, the original Jane Roe in Roe vs. Wade, is shown taking up the “Right to Life” cause after a life-altering experience. But it’s when the film focuses on the middle ground that we hear the most compelling arguments from both sides. As philosophers, lawmakers, and ministers struggle to define what constitutes human life and where the reproductive rights of women should begin and end, we follow one woman as she decides to terminate an unwanted pregnancy; a powerful and sobering experience that puts a human face to what is often reduced to an abstract argument. Be forewarned though, Kaye does not shy away from using graphic imagery to jolt the viewer whether it’s a dismembered fetus lying in a pan of blood or the corpse of a doctor gunned down in a parking lot. Far from being macabre exploitation, these scenes are designed to keep you involved in the debate and provide an unsettling counterpoint to the various onscreen arguments. No matter what your personal stand on abortion may be, Lake of Fire will challenge you both viscerally and intellectually. Exactly what a documentary is supposed to do.

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