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First Do No Harm

By: David Lyda (From: Volume 2 - Issue 3)
(All photos courtesy of Mark Cochran.)

First Do No Harm (Primum non nocere) is a fundamental healthcare principle, and it is now the title of a short film about abortion. How can doctors that promise not to harm their patients perform abortions? This is hypocrisy at its worst. In 1973, the Supreme Court ushered in a new era of what many call “women’s rights.” Roe v. Wade was the landmark case that made abortion legal in the United States of America, and this hot topic issue continues to rile up staunch supporters on both sides. Darkness has since blinded so many people as to what abortion truly is; murder of an unborn human being.

Today, science has revealed so much more about an unborn child than what was known in the 70s. Undeniable human DNA is present at conception, heartbeats begin as early as 18 days, brain waves can be detected at 6 weeks, and children can feel pain as early as 9 weeks. Despite this, women have the option in many states to end that life as late as 24 weeks into their pregnancy. On average, 1 in 4 women in America have had an abortion. There are 3,304 babies being killed in our country each day. Thankfully, the Government’s decision was not the final say on the issue.

There are many Pro-Life advocates who continue to fight for human rights. Organizations, conferences, and films take aim at the issue. Unborn children are also being saved and women are being ministered to in pregnancy crisis centers like the Piedmont Women’s Center in Greenville, SC. In 2013, at least 398 babies in the Greenville County area were spared through the actions and prayers of these servants. Through simple ultrasounds, mothers are shown that inside they carry life.

Tragically, some women do not reach the center until after they’ve made the choice of abortion. What you don’t hear in the media is the pain and anguish that women carry after their decision. The Piedmont Women’s Center shows these ladies healing through the love of Christ. Many women do not realize this comfort is available, because abortion is often ignored in the pulpit. Mark Cochran felt a burden to speak about abortion through film. If many churches would not address it, who would? It wasn’t a project that he was seeking, but it was a story that came to him suddenly on one of his business trips. School shootings seem to be continually in the news, and they almost universally bring an immense state of sadness. How could anyone hurt an innocent child? Mark was struck with the idea to connect school shootings and abortion in a most unexpected way. First Do No Harm clocks in at only 20 minutes, but it quickly takes you through many twists and turns. The movie is intense; especially if you know about the subject matter beforehand. Gunfire is loud and sudden, bleeding children come like a shot to the gut, and the climactic ending scene leaves the mind whirling.

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