October Baby – Make Sure Women Aren’t Deceived: A Letter to Sony

Posted on April 10, 2012


NARAL Pro-Choice, April 10, 2012

Every ticket sold to the new movie “October Baby” helps fund the anti-choice movement. The directors behind the film supported the “personhood” ballot measure in Mississippi.

Anti-choice groups that deceive women may have received $350,000 from the movie!

Sign our letter to the CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, the parent company of the film distributor. Make sure he knows that his company is funding deception.

Since “October Baby” has been in theaters, it’s raised an estimated $350,000 for anti-choice groups that deceive women.

The filmmakers supported the “personhood” ballot measure in Mississippi, and even used the movie to persuade voters as part of the campaign.

They may have failed in Mississippi, but they’re raising big bucks to help the anti-choice movement deceive women.

That’s why I’m sending a letter to the CEO of Sony, the parent company of the film distributor, to make sure he knows that his company is putting out a movie that is funding deception. But it will be so much more effective if you sign it. Please add your name now.

Ten percent of profits from “October Baby” will fund groups that match the description of anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs).

Anti-choice groups created CPCs to look like comprehensive health clinics. Once a woman walks through a CPC’s door, she could be subjected to propaganda and lies about abortion, birth control, and other health-care options. Some CPCs even falsely tell women that abortion causes breast cancer or leads to drug use.1

Every woman facing an unintended pregnancy deserves the facts so that she can make the decision that’s right for her. But many women enter CPCs thinking they are real abortion providers, only to be subjected to lies about the risks of having an abortion. It’s a terrifying experience.

My letter to Doug Morris, the CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, tells him that money from “October Baby” will go directly to groups that deceive women. Help me make my letter even more effective by adding your name.

“October Baby” bills itself as a coming-of-age story with no political agenda. But the filmmakers have deep ties to the extreme anti-choice movement. And groups behind this movie have bankrolled anti-choice legislative strategies, elections, and ballot measures.

We’re talking about groups like Focus on the Family and the American Family Association.2  They have a long history of supporting anti-choice campaigns like “personhood” ballot measures – including the one voters rejected in Mississippi last year.3

Our research also shows that CareNet and Heartbeat International are supporting “October Baby.” They are two of the largest CPC organizations in the country.

In its second week in theaters, “October Baby” has brought in more than $3.5 million dollars.4  Ten percent – that’s potentially $350,000 to anti-choice groups that deceive women.

Help me make sure the CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Doug Morris, knows that his company is associated with groups that are funding centers that deceive women. Add your name to my letter today.

Thanks for standing with us and for ensuring that women get the truth.

In solidarity,

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America


1 – Crisis Pregnancy Centers Revealed, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation, p. 29. 2010
2 – “Anti-Abortion Film Is Pro-Profit,” The New York Times, April 4, 2012
3 – “Colorado Abortion-Personhood Amendment Gets OK From Top Pro-Life Group,” LifeNews.com, August 6, 2008
4 – BoxOfficeMojo.com, http://boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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