A Kickstarter spokesman pointed to three other projects that “explore pro-life points of view that have been on Kickstarter in the past, illustrating that that is not the issue with” McAleer’s project.
In an interview, McAleer, who earlier in his career was a reporter for The Irish News in Belfast, the Sunday Times in the U.K., and the Economist, did not say he was doing this film as a pro-life effort. But the head of Chicago’s Pro-Life Action League, Eric Scheidler, said the film could make a significant contribution to the pro-life cause.
“Any time we can expose the reality of abortion, what an unseemly business it is, so much the better,” Scheidler said. “If people won’t recognize the humanity of the unborn child whose life has been unjustly taken, they will at least recognize the inhumanity of the way that abortionists like Kermit Gosnell treat their grown patients.”
Scheidler hopes the film will lead to a greater demand that other abortion facilities be investigated “because Kermit Gosnell is not an unusual figure. He may have been the worst that we know about, but there are other horrors going on in abortion clinics right now.”
For his part, McAleer hopes that public support will show there’s a demand for such exposes.
“We want to raise the total, but a very important figure is the number of people who give money,” he said. We have 10,000 people who have given. If we can get it up to 20,000-30,000 or more that’s a big message to a TV company that there’s an audience there already. All their family and friends…. We just need more and more people to come forward and give small as well as large donations, so companies will know they’d be insulting their audience if it doesn’t air.”
If McAleer and company fail to raise the entire $2.1 million, Indiegogo will return all the funds to donors. But if they are successful, they plan to start production in the fall.
geris a freelance writer covering mostly topics in Catholicism. He has worked as a reporter and editor at the National Catholic Register and Catholic New York, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York, and his articles have appeared in Human Life Review, Legatus, and Family Foundations, as well as online at Fathers for Good and Catholic World Report.