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I have an interview request in to the makers of the new web “reality” series BUMP+, but while we wait for their responses, I thought I’d share the pilot episode.  Honestly, my jury is still out on this project.  I’m still uncomfortable with the thought of leaving the “decision” about life in the hands of a viewing audience.  Here’s the basic layout for this show, taken from the BIUMP+ site:

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court gave women a choice. Thirty-seven years later, we’re giving them a voice. BUMP+, a provocative web series from Yellow Line Studio that follows three women facing unintended pregnancies, premieres January 22nd. Watch the episodes. Share your story. Join the conversation.

A day after 300,000+ marched for life in Washington D.C., I welcome anything that promotes a culture of life.  I guess my ultimate question is, does BUMP+ do that?  Over at Phases of Womanhood, Mary Hasson has shared her very well thought-out and reasoned response to BUMP+.  I am going to share a few of the episodes here and invite your take on this use of New Media.  Please no comments on the acting, the lighting, the sound or the makeup – I’m simply interested in knowing if how you feel about this type of project and its impact upon the Pro-Life movement?

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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  1. Thank you for posting this web series. From what I’ve seen, the your discomfort with its basic premise has been shared this past weekend by most Catholics on the blogosphere. Thank you for asking the fundamental question: will this build the culture of life or tear it down? Many have dismissed it outright without reflecting much on that question, and I’m glad you and Mary Hasson are taking the time to take a good hard look at it. This is a great opportunity to debate and reflect on our current strategy in the culture wars.

    I believe there’s huge opportunity I think to win young liberal-leaning women, who march the party line on abortion without ever having thought seriously about the moral weight of the question, to the cause of life. We need to focus our attention on challenge of communication. How do we gain their attention? How do we get them to reflect? Young liberals are open to the message of life, but how do we communicate with them?

    As abhorrent as the relativism underlying Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals is, he has an excellent chapter on communication. ACORN activists never use their liberal buzz words when trying to win the support blue-collar workers. Communication breaks down when we speak outside of the experience of the people we’re trying to communicate with.

    Are young liberal-leaning women going to be won through Walk for Life rallies? Will they be won by the antics of Randal Terry and his trucks that feature graphic pictures of aborted featuses? As abhorrent as the reality-style premise may be, I think it is effective in engaging young people, being young myself. Dramatic entertainment draws us in, and the empathy that builds when we’re identifying with the characters forces us to drop our ideological barriers. Entertainment is one of our most effective weapons in the culture wars, and I’d like to see a debate amongst Catholics about the best way to use it. I’m not convinced a message movie, which seems to be what many Catholics want BUMP+ to be, is the best way to utilize it’s power of media to build a culture of life.

    I urge you and your readers to watch Mike Huckabee debate with John Stewart: http://bit.ly/8Wuclv. He backs Stewart into a corner and forces him to admit that he is really uncomfortable with abortion. Study how Huckabee argues– he always argues within the experience of the people he’s trying to win over. He doesn’t scream “sanctity of life” but argues on the basis of equality. Huckabee wins this argument and we should all study the implications of it.

    I’d love to start a dialogue on this, and on whether BUMP+ accomplishes this. Will the show attract and move young liberal-leaning women, or will it strengthen the entrenched relativism as Mary Hasson’s insightful critique suggusted?

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