An informed and impassioned argument on such a critical issue deserves the best possible chance.

The people at Franky Schaeffer V Productions continue their ministry to “change the course of history” through the prolife message of Whatever Happened to the Human Race? (CT, Aug. 17, 1979, p. 28). Most recently they have edited their nearly five-hour, five-episode film dramatization of man’s declining dignity in society into a 90-minute videotape version aimed at local television programming. For any group or individual interested in purchasing the necessary air time and covering the production costs of the materials, Franky Schaeffer and his team will provide the tape, promotional literature, and guidance for gaining inclusion in local station programming.

In the following review, Prof. Mel Lorentzen offers his evaluation of the revised format.

Since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 legalizing abortion, the Nazi German Holocaust toll—the systematic murder of 6 million Jews—has been duplicated in America. This is evidenced by the number of thriving human fetuses scraped out of the uterus, or broken to bits by suction methods, or shriveled by poisonous saline injection, or delivered alive only to be deliberately starved in some untended corner of a hospital lab.

Surgeon Everett Koop of Philadelphia and guru Francis Schaeffer of L’Abri are justly appalled and apprehensive over this. Their thesis in the 90-minute television adaptation of their five-hour film series, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, seems to be that legalized abortion on demand is both symptomatic and promoting of the bestializing of the human race. The agitation of environmentalists to preserve snail darters and porpoises, while human offspring ...

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