For immediate release: February 2, 2019
Contact: Deborah M. Piroch
(Front Royal, VA)
Please join HLI in mourning the death of Dr. Don Smith, the producer of the film, The Silent Scream, and praying for the repose of his soul, as well as extending to his family our deepest condolences. (Film not for viewing by young or impressionable viewers.)
Reformed abortionist and champion pro-lifer Dr. Bernard Nathanson, in collaboration with Dr. Smith, produced the landmark movie The Silent Scream in 1984. This film was so novel at the time that the major mainstream networks showed it five times in its entirety, and President Ronald Reagan even showed it to his staff in the White House. The film was such a threat to abortion that groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood tried fruitlessly to discredit it. Recently, a writer for Time Magazine said that The Silent Scream“shift[ed] the public focus from the horror stories of women who had suffered back-alley abortions to the horror movie of a fetus undergoing one.”
Human Life International have shown this film hundreds of times, beginning with our founder, Father Paul Marx, and continuing to the present day. Its stark testimony dispels all of the lies and propaganda of the pro-abortionists ― especially that the unborn child is just a blob of tissue and not human at all. We have seen many lives changed ourselves and doubtless there are many thousands that we do not know about. And certainly this movie has saved countless lives.
Dr. Smith, through his collaboration with Dr. Nathanson, helped expose the humanity of the unborn child and violence perpetrated against innocent human life. May Dr. Smith’s contribution to the pro-life movement never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace, Dr. Don.