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Lord, thank You for The Matter of Life with its new post-Roe update! Use it to inspire our conversations with those we love who are confused about when life begins.

Filmmaker Tracy Robinson has revised her documentary, The Matter of Life, with an update now that Roe v. Wade has been abolished, and you can watch it for free for a limited time.

She sent IFA this update:

IFA’s prayers have had a powerful impact throughout the country, as evidenced by the successful premiere of The Matter of Life in theaters nationwide in May 2022. Coinciding with the Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson, the issue of abortion was at the forefront of public discourse. Through the grace of God, the film was met with strong attendance and resonated with a diverse range of audiences. Just five and a half weeks after its premiere, the Dobbs v. Jackson case was decided and Roe v. Wade was overturned. The film was updated to reflect this outcome, and the fact that the power to regulate abortion now lies with individual states. IFA was founded in response to Roe v. Wade and has seen the Lord’s hand at work in this ongoing battle. We continue to pray for the American public, politicians, and lawmakers to come to a deeper understanding of the sanctity of human life and the rights and protection afforded to all people, created in the image of God. “The Matter of Life” can be found on Amazon Prime, DVD, Christian Cinema, and Revelation Media. … Hosting screenings of the film is highly encouraged. Many individuals have successfully organized showings for their church or community groups. Learn more at MatterOfLife.org.

Tracy was a pro-choice Christian. She didn’t advocate for abortion, but she just didn’t think much about it. In an interview posted below, Tracy said: “I was kind of on the fence, very apathetic, personally pro-life at best. … I went to public school. … My family never talked about hard topics, and then I went to film school out of high school. The conversation really missed me.”

She said: “I was first inspired to make this documentary when I first heard the pro-life message clearly and concisely in my late 20s, about five years ago.” Her background was in film and video production, and she had been hired by a pregnancy resource center about which she’d never heard. Friends at that pregnancy resource center invited her to hear Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reasonand the topic was “The Case Against Abortion Choice.” Said Tracy: “Just the full humanity of the unborn child, the arguments for that, the abortion imagery they showed: It just really blew my mind. Not just the message, but that I’d never heard it before, and I knew there were so many millennials and younger in my shoes that had never heard it either. I immediately empathized with an audience that is on the fence and apathetic and has just heard society’s talking points on it but never really the truth.”

So Tracy set out to use her gifts and training to share the importance of life in the womb with people like her younger self. The Matter of Life includes her interviews with a broad spectrum of experts and people with firsthand accounts of how they chose life and covers many angles on protecting life in the womb.

I asked Tracy what the most important messages are. Her reply:

“I want people to really connect with the full humanity of the unborn child. … We often forget to humanize the baby in the womb when we talk about the abortion issue. … All these arguments that are in favor of abortion completely miss the humanity, the personhood of the unborn child. I really hope the audience comes away knowing without a shadow of a doubt that abortion is wrong because it kills an existing, growing human being.”

Filmmaker Tracy Robinson

Tracy also wants the film to awaken the Church to “love their congregation 40% more.” She discovered while researching the film that four out of 10 women who have had an abortion were attending church during the month they became pregnant. “Often pastors don’t want to confront this issue, because, number one: It’s too political. Number two: There are so many people it might hurt or affect. They don’t want to hurt feelings or bring up emotions. It’s a very personal issue,” she said. The film offers an opportunity to engage with Christians. “There are people in the Church wrestling with an unplanned pregnancy … who are wrestling with an abortion from years and years ago that are keeping it secret. This is a huge opportunity for ministries within churches, pastors to convey the gospel of forgiveness and healing and acceptance, the unconditional love of Christ to people in these situations. And as a Church, we need to rescue the most vulnerable. We need to defend the defenseless, who are the unborn children with no voice. It’s not only an opportunity to love our congregation more, but it’s an opportunity to save lives.”

She said: “I just want people to be awakened to this issue … not only their minds, but in their hearts.” She hopes the film prompts people to use the gifts the Lord has given them.

An organization featured in the film that moved me to tears is Embrace Grace. They equip the church to love single women facing an unplanned pregnancy through baby showers, “Princess Days,” and “Love Boxes” with many of the things they’ll need, including a note of encouragement and a onesie saying, “The Best Gift Ever.”

Pro-abortionists often use rape and incest as reasons that abortion should be allowed, but the film brings out the fact that only 1% of elective abortions stem from rape, and 0.5% stem from incest. The film features a powerful story of a woman named Jennifer Christie, who was raped. “We tell Jennifer’s story to show just how much that life inside of her is still a person,” Tracy said. “That assault wasn’t their fault. They don’t deserve that punishment. They are still deserving of life. They’re still created in the image of God.” Jennifer started healing from the rape when she saw the ultrasound of her baby. Said Tracy: “I don’t think abortion really helps heal or solve a woman’s rape experience. In fact, it leaves her with two traumas. God can use something the enemy intended for evil and use it to bring about this new life. Whether a woman decides to parent or place that baby in adoption, that’s still giving a person created in the image of God a chance of life — for a woman to essentially lay down her life, or her body, and carry that child for nine months. That is the love of Jesus. That is unconditional love: to love and care for this innocent child, to give him or her a chance. That’s ultimately the woman’s son or daughter still. … The baby is not ‘a rapist’s baby.’ That’s a person with a chance.”

The film is well produced, and the narrative is clearly organized. Tracy has done a beautiful job of incorporating graphics and special effects to build a strong argument for life.

She believes the juxtaposition of the two cases under consideration by the Supreme Court (the Biden administration versus the “Texas heartbeat law,” and Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization) will generate more interest in the film, and its timeliness can help open up a national discussion about the sanctity of life in the womb. “That’s really our target audience: people who aren’t really paying attention to the pro-life issue,” Tracy said. “I think the fact that now these cases are coming into the mainstream news motivates more people to go to a film like this and decide for themselves what they believe.”

Tracy quotes Abraham Lincoln: “Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government.” She says: “That’s why I’m so passionate about this film. It’s a way to really winsomely … change someone’s heart and mind about abortion.”

Tracy and I talked about Janet Porter, the architect of the Heartbeat Bill. Tracy said: “In her case, she’s coming at it from legislation. In my case, I’m coming at it from film and media. Embrace Grace … they’re coming about it from the care side.” She compares the pro-life movement to all of Middle Earth coming against Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. “We’re all coming together to fight evil. … That’s what the pro-life movement looks like to me, is people in their different avenues joining forces together. … I want the Holy Spirit to lead them in whatever way they’re called, to do something about abortion, whether it’s in legislation, prayer outside of a clinic, writing blog posts, sharing social media, art. … In the center of that is Jesus Christ. … That’s who gives us our strength. That’s who compels us to love, and to keep going, and to persevere. Even when we’re tempted to think, ‘Well, we’ve had so many setbacks and discouragements.’ No! Christ is victorious, and we’re on His team, and we’re winning this war!”

The Matter of Life is winning awards, including Best Documentary at the Christian Worldview Film Festival, 2021.

You can find out more at www.TheMatterOfLife.org. The tag line for this film is “Clarity kills controversy.” Let’s pray this film helps bring clarity on this life-and-death issue!

And here’s my interview with Robinson:

How are you praying for the release of The Matter of Life and for the end of abortion? Share your prayers in the comments!

Rich Swingle has taught and performed in 39 nations on six continents, mostly in his own one-man plays. He has also appeared in more than 40 film projects. He and his bride, Joyce Swingle, another contributing writer for IFA, now have 37 screen children. www.RichDrama.com. Photo Credit: The Matter of Life.

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Darlene Estlow
January 24, 2023

What a marvelous film. I pray it may grip the hearts of many people as it speaks the truth. May it continue to make changes in people’s hearts as they realize unborn babies are really human beings and we need to protect them.

Wendy Kremer
January 24, 2023

LORD, our God, thank you for gifting Tracy Robinson with the skill and creativity to make this film. She inspires me to use my gifts to change hearts as well. I pray blessings on “The Matter of Life.” Open the doors for this film to be seen all around the country and the world. I pray that the pro-abortionists, and even people who were devastated at the decision of Roe will have the curiosity to see this film! Open hearts and minds to the value of every human being and heal blinded eyes that have been so hardened that they miss the fact that they are murdering children with their stance on abortion. We kick the spirit of Baal out of our nation and declare that America loves and values life at all stages! In Jesus Name, Amen!

Darlene Estlow
January 24, 2023

Father, may many be inspired to see this film. Through it change hearts as they see your truth. Bless our unborn children and protect them. I decree that abortion will cease and families will grow with babies.

Mr. Gregory Brumfield
July 30, 2022

Yes , We Must Protect Our Children From “Transgender Experimentation” Because My Prayers Goes Out To Any Person Experiencing This Type Of Bad Sex And Orientations This Happening All Around The World And It Must be Stopped Or Dealt With Immediately…!!! I’ll Continue To Pray For Those Individuals Who’s Life Have Been Shattered Or Traumatized By Harassment And Sex Abuse.!! Thank You: And May God Bless Each And Everyone Of Us.!!! (AMEN).

Bob Huseby
May 10, 2022

I would decree that there will be souls in heaven that we will fellowship with who were a blessing to God’s kingdom because of this film !!!

May 10, 2022

I was young & convinced by my boyfriend to have an abortion. I guess I was more concerned about losing his love then the baby I carried. I knew abortion was wrong & was murder. But I had an abortion anyway. I tried to take my life on a regular basis for years to make atonement. I didn’t feel my life was worth living because I killed my baby. It took years of intense therapy to get over my abortion but I did. I am Pro-Life due to my experience. It wasn’t worth the years of guilt.

    May 10, 2022

    Dearest Anja, Thank you for sharing your experience with us and for your honesty. I am so happy that you got the help you needed and that you are still here to share your story. God loves you so much and wants you to keep sharing to encourage the rest of us.

    Sharion H.
    May 10, 2022

    May the approval of abortion stop and the actual deed of ripping apart a tiny baby stop the frequency of such a barbaric act. This little person has no voice to call out the things that God has planned for him or her be told to support their value. Surely, this little person should just be accepted and loved more dearly than those intruders racing through our borders to get free stuff promised by an illegitimate elected official or even elected
    officials for their votes?

    Rich Swingle
    July 7, 2022

    Anja, thank you so much for sharing your story! I was a part of a short film intended to help the healing process for women like you: http://www.RichDrama.com/ThisIsMyChild

May 10, 2022

Awhile ago during a fast I heard the Spirit say, “Who will cry for the children?” I answered, Lord I will cry. I knew My Lord was not only speaking of those in the womb, but all His children no matter their numberical age. As I prayed over the leak and threats against the Supreme Court Justices concerning Roe v. Wade, I had a vision. I saw a huge hole began to open in the middle of the United States. As I watched all of a sudden a geyser shot forth out of vomiting tons and tons of blood and baby body parts! Little tiny legs, arms, hands and feet. I screamed, was crying and came out of the vision with my dog on top of me. I prayed that You visit all those that march against the Supreme Court Justice with this vision Lord.

    Rich Swingle
    May 10, 2022

    Wow! So powerful! If there’s time on today’s Pray with Others Live I’d like to share this vision.

      barb mock
      May 10, 2022

      Agreed – powerful+++ Deborah! Thank you, Rich, for another great article. Blessings to both of you & to all representing life – as we stand united, shoulder to shoulder, in combat for the unborn!

      Precious Father, please forgive us!

      Rich Swingle
      May 11, 2022

      So sorry we ran out of time on the program! I’m so glad many have prayed over this vision here!

      Rich Swingle
      July 17, 2022

      I’m writing an article on the podcast about the trial of the abortionist child killer Kermit Gosnell for Tuesday, and I reviewed the article I wrote about their NYC play. I realized that I never let you know that I used your vision in that article: https://ifapray.org/blog/a-triumph-for-life-in-the-nyc-theatre-world

      Thanks so much for sharing with the intercessors!

    Maynard Beck Sr.
    May 10, 2022

    One of the tactics of the satan-driven Planned Parenthood organization is to have mega facilities built in liberal states to send women (from states like Mississippi) so they can get an abortion. What you saw in your vision was my home state of Illinois (which was already plagued with abortion centers) welcome a mega center across the Mississippi River from Missouri which has greatly restricted abortion :
    I join in agreement with your Prayer Deborah and pray that their lust for the blood of the unborn haunt them until they repent and accept the cleansing blood of Jesus.

Joan Mallette
May 10, 2022

Due to illness, I am not able to get to the theatre. Can I purchase a DVD.?

    Sara Clarke
    May 10, 2022

    A DVD and streaming will be be available (to be determined date) after the theater opening.

Joyce Swingle
May 10, 2022

This film is well worth your time and attention. We were blessed to see it early and are going again. May the Lord use it to break the spirit of “Death to the Helpless” with its accompanying haze of “Acceptance” and “Correctness.” Let the generation that grew up as if abortion were the norm come to radical realization of the evil of this state-sanctioned murder. In Jesus’ Name.

May 10, 2022

I am grateful for Tracy Robinson for making this great documentary. I pray for its impact upon those who are indeed sitting on the fence regarding this extremely important issue.May You use it as a tool to change many hearts and minds regarding the abomination of abortion. I ask this in Jesus’ name.

Maynard Beck Sr.
May 10, 2022

Sandra’s testimony brought me to tears. It covered the entire spectrum of the battle.
Thank God for IFA and the tools they have provided us to fight this war!!!
I want to share the prayer I added to the amicus brief IFA submitted. (it came from a Catholic website so I prayed that the Catholic clerks that read it might share with the Justice they work for)
“Lord Jesus Christ, You took our human nature upon Yourself. You shared our life and death, our childhood and adulthood.
You also shared our time in the womb. While still God, while worshipped and adored by the angels, while Almighty and filling every part of the universe, You dwelt for nine months in the womb of Mary. You were our Redeemer in the womb, our God who has a preborn child.
Lord Jesus, we ask You to bless and protect the children who today are in their mothers’ womb. Save them from the danger of abortion. Help all people to recognize in the preborn child a brother, a sister, saved by You, our Redeemer in the womb.”
To God be the Glory

Mary Johnson
May 10, 2022

Dear Father, l ask you to move on the heart of every person convicting them that abortion is actually murder. Be truth in their inward parts, Amen

Paul Fishman
May 10, 2022

Lord we ask in the name of Jesus that Pre Natal and Newborn babies are NO longer subjected to the Death Penalty and being wrongly labeled as felons who violated the rights of women by conception. Bring rescue to the next generation to be born for your purposes as this age is about to come to an end. Also give Christians and Pro Life Activists your power to stand against the demonic hordes of Pro Choice terrorists who come with witchcraft and bloody violence. May the martyrs for Christ in this cause stand and be victorious by the Cross of Christ.

Sandra Chank
May 10, 2022

Of course, I have not seen this movie yet. My birthday is May 16th. SO FIRST, I WANT TO THANK MY MOM FOR HAVING ME. SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH ME WHEN SHE MARRIED IN 1949. The issue of abortion is one of selfishness carried to extremes. Men have been erased from the argument and this makes no sense to me. Babies are conceived by two people. .. and the voice of men on what is being done to their child is totally ignored. I understand the plight of women caught in a situation they view as desperate. My husband left me with my daughter one day before her 1st birthday. I felt desperate at that time. How was I going to raise her alone….no job..no home…. Hard as it was, we made it through. She is the most important person in my life. It was even suggested to me that I give her over to a more well off relative. God is always there. Difficulties CAN be overcome. She is now 48 years old and we are good friends. The thought of her NOT being in my life leaves me cold. We are stronger for the adversities we went through. Thank you Father for being with us every day of our lives. Thank you for making us stronger. ” I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me”.


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