NFL Star Makes Empathetic Movie About Abortion

NFL Star Makes Empathetic Movie About Abortion

( – After a stellar 15-year career in the NFL, New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson is retiring from football. A devout Christian and outspoken person of faith, Watson is known both on and off the field as someone who brings people together on cultural, social and racial issues. Now, Watson is doing something he never thought he would… he’s making a movie.

This isn’t an ordinary movie; it’s a documentary on abortion that Watson hopes will inspire, create dialogue, and move people to empathy.

“Divided Hearts of America” features interviews with some who support legal abortions and some who don’t. In all, Watson talks with nearly 30 people including the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, and Alveda King — the niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What Drives Watson?

A glance at Watson’s Facebook or Twitter page reveals that he’s a man who doesn’t shy away from expressing his beliefs.

As a man of faith, Watson believes that a person’s faith is the lifeblood of who they are and if they say their faith doesn’t influence them they aren’t being honest with themselves.

A father of seven, Watson says his family allows him to live his core values of life: family, respect, and empathy.

Why Is Watson Making a Documentary About Abortion?

In May 2019, Watson had a very public spat with actress Alyssa Milano when she said, “banning abortions would cause poor and minority women of color to suffer.”

Watson’s response:

“We shouldn’t be advocating for anyone to have to kill their children. Let’s support mothers that are making this decision. Let’s challenge fathers to stand in the gap and be there for the children that they create because they have a huge role in this too.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Watson shared that he never thought he would make a movie. However, with so many states passing abortion laws it was a natural time to make a documentary about an issue that’s vital to who we are as Americans.

Watson further said:

 “Things are at a fever pitch. My goal is to unveil the truth about abortion, the laws, the history and where our country is headed. I believe in the sanctity of life, be it in the womb or on your deathbed. That’s my conviction. But with the film, I’ll engage those who disagree and hear their reasoning. The No. 1 thing I’m looking for is empathy on both sides.”

To solve the problem of abortion, Watson advocates for finding solutions that deal with the real issues of poverty and the economic factors that drive many women to have the procedure.

The movie has less than a $1-million budget and Watson is partially financing the movie out of his pocket. Filming started in May and the documentary is now in post-production.

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