22 Weeks

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22 Weeks
Directed by Angel Manuel Soto
Produced by Angel Manuel Soto
Screenplay by Ashley Shuck
Starring Natalie Wenninger
Lizzy Salazar
Music by Jose Ojeda
Cinematography Mike Angelo Torres
Edited by Matt Dickey
Angel Manuel Soto
Country United States
Language English

22 Weeks is a 2009 anti-abortion short film directed by Angel Manuel Soto, based on a 9-1-1 recording of a reported event, and on a 2005 WorldNetDaily article by Ron Strom. The article reported the accounts of a woman who sought a late term abortion, but the baby was born alive, dying approximately ten minutes later.[1][2][3][4]


In the EPOC abortion clinic in Orlando, Florida, Angela Mencer is presented with two options: to terminate her 22-week pregnancy through suction method, or an injection of digoxin into the fetal heart, followed by a still birth. She chooses the latter, believing the baby would not suffer by such means.

After the procedure, Angela meets pro-life activists outside the clinic. They make appeals to religion, to which Angela replies, “God was never raped”.

The next day Angela wakes up in her motel room bleeding. She returns to the abortion clinic, where she is left in a waiting room, later going into labor and giving birth on a toilet. Realizing her baby was born alive, Angela frantically seeks assistance from the clinic staff for her newborn son; however, the staff deny that the baby is alive and do not respond to Angela’s pleas for medical assistance for the baby. They lock Angela in the bathroom. Angela uses her cell phone to call her friend Sharon and tells her what has happened. Sharon calls 9-1-1, while Angela attempts to comfort the dying baby.

Paramedics arrive at the clinic, only to be turned away by clinic staff, who inform them that no one at their office called for medical assistance. The baby dies, approximately 10 minutes after birth.[2]


  • Natalie Wenninger as Angela Mencer
  • Lizzy Salazar as Sharon
  • Jackie McLeod as Receptionist
  • KC Green as Dr. Matter
  • Aaron Wenninger as Abortion Doctor
  • Debbie Perry as Nurse #1
  • Tracy LaGaurdia as Nurse #2
  • Brady Toops as EMT #1
  • Stephen Holmes as EMT #2
  • Theresa Huff as 911 Operator
  • Aaron Ala as Boyfriend
  • Nina Dombowski as Girlfriend
  • Henley Baldwin as Child in Dream


The film premiered in 2009, in Washington DC, the night before the 2009 March for Life rally. The initial showing was held at Union Station’s Phoenix Theatre. Afterward, the woman whose account formed the basis of the WorldNetDaily article, on which the film was based, spoke with the audience and answered questions.[2][5][6]

The film was also shown in select locations throughout the United States, including: San Diego's Landmark Key Theatre; Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA; as well as Orlando, FL and Wichita, KS, sponsored by Operation Rescue. The last two locations were selected due to their relevance to the film's subject matter. At the time, Wichita, KS was home to George Tiller's Women's Health Care clinic, which was one of only three clinics to perform late term abortions in the United States, and Orlando, FL is home to EPOC abortion clinic.[3][5][6]


Commenting on the film, Alejandro Monteverde, director of the movie Bella described 22 Weeks as "one of the most disturbing stories I’ve ever come across."[6] Operation Rescue President Troy Newman commented, "This powerful movie is a strong statement about abortion in general and late-term abortion in particular."[5]

22 Weeks was awarded the 2009 Excellence in Media Angel Award.[7][8]

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  1. ^ "22 Weeks". CFDb - Christian Film Database. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Kwon, Lilian (22 January 2009). "Abortion Film '22 Weeks' Disturbs, Exposes". The Christian Post. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Zahn, Drew. "Born Alive Movie Stuns Viewers" (27 October 2008). World Net Daily. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Zahn, Drew. "Mom's True Life Abortion Story Hits Big Screen". World Net Daily. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Gilbert, Kathleen (14 January 2009). "Free Premiere of Pro-Life Movie "22 Weeks" to Show in D.C. Before March for Life". LifeSiteNews.com. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Ertelt, Steven (15 January 2009). "New Pro-Life Movie 22 Weeks, Based on Botched Abortion, Premiers Soon". LifeNews.com. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "2009 Video/DVD Winner". Excellence in Media Angel Award. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Stanek, Jill (24 June 2009). "New pro-life films shine". WND Commentary. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 

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