All those who complain about the quality of television drama are in for a treat in July if they subscribe to First Choice/Superchannel.
The Kidnapping of Baby John Doe is a Canadian movie, written directed and produced by the pro-life husband and wife team, Patricia and Peter Geretson. Inspired by the true story of Baby John Doe in Bloomington, Indiana, the movie exposes the empty rhetoric of those who argue that “quality of life” is an acceptable excuse to starve to death newborn babies with Downs’ Syndrome.
When the Robarts’ baby is born, the father agrees with medical advice to allow “nature take its course” and refuses minor surgery for the child. A nurse (Jayne Eastwood) vehemently disagrees with the decision, kidnaps the baby and persuades her newly-graduated surgeon friend (George Millenbach) to perform emergency secretly in her home. A wonderful cameo performance is given by Helen Hughes, playing Aunt Helen, an elderly mentally disabled woman that completely undermines the “quality of life” argument.
The secret surgery on Baby Robarts is a success, but legal trouble for nurse and surgeon starts when he is returned to the hospital to find out how the situation is resolved, watch First Choice.
The Kidnapping of Baby John Doe will be aired five times in July and will be repeated in later months.