An in-depth documentary exploring the long-term health and emotional risks of abortion is premiering Thursday night in Southern California.
What's ground-breaking about Hush, however, is its first-ever showing will be at the opening night of LA Femme International Film Festival, a major venue for women filmmakers that is hosted at the prestigious Laemmle's Music Hall in Beverly Hills.
Subtitled, "One woman investigates the untold effects of abortion on women's health," the documentary showcases a comprehensive investigation into the realities of abortion's connection to the long-term health risks for women, including breast cancer, premature birth, and psychological problems, according to Mighty Motion Pictures' president and executive producer Drew Martin.
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Directed by a pro-choice woman, Punam Kumar Gill, Hush features experts who have long warned of the long-term health risks of abortion, including Breast Cancer Prevention Institute co-founders Joel Brind, Ph.D. and Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S., as well as Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D.
Each expert has made major contributions to the existing body of research concerning the long-term health and psychological effects following abortion, particularly what has become known as the Abortion-Breast Cancer (ABC) Link, which is often denied by the abortion industry despite the fact that 58 of the 74 epidemiological studies conducted since 1957 have demonstrated as much as a 10 percent increased risk of breast cancer following an abortion.
"When I heard claims that there were long-term physical and psychological problems associated with abortion, my initial reaction was to take offense," the film's director, Ms. Gill, says in the trailer. "What were women actually being told before their abortions? How were these women actually doing afterwards? My health and my life could be at risk."
Between 1970 and 2014, the probability of U.S. women contracting breast cancer more than quadrupled, with breast cancer accounting for more new cancers in 2014 than the second, third and fourth most-common cancers combined, according to a medically reviewed study by professors from St. Joseph's Hospital (Lexington, Ky.), University of Kentucky Medical Center and University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).
The authors of the study, citing the Dr. Lanfranchi, also pointed out that, "a girl or young woman who undergoes an abortion, increases her risk of breast cancer in four ways: '[S]he creates in her breasts more places for cancers to start, which is an ‘independent effect’; she loses the protective effect that a full-term pregnancy would have afforded her; she increases the risk of premature delivery of future pregnancies; and she lengthens her susceptibility window.'"
"This really has nothing to do with the morality of abortion," Brind says in the trailer. "It's the morality of telling the truth about it."
Tickets are available for tonight's premier at the following link: http://www.lafemme.org/?p=1553, and special discounts are available by entering the code word, "Hush."