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Dune: A High-Grossing, Hollywood Hit Hinges on Pro-Life Themes 

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Jordan Estabrook - 05 Mar 2024

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t know the story and want to wait for the movie, STOP! If you’ve been a long-time fan of Dune, read on!  

It’s no secret that Dune: Part Two is a box office hit and sci-fi masterpiece. Based on the popular 1960s science fiction books by Frank Herbert, Dune follows the journey of Paul Atreides as he struggles and triumphs as the messianic leader on the planet Arrakis. Dune: Part Two grossed $81.5 million in its first weekend, with science fiction lovers and first-time sci-fi fans alike seeing the film as entertaining, cinematically beautiful, artfully written, and well-casted.  

However, the Dune franchise is the first mega-Hollywood hit in recent years to not only contain pro-life themes but also have the plot hinge on them. 

In the aftermath of Dune: Part One, the Harkonnens slaughter the House of Atreides. Paul Atreides and his mother, Lady Jessica, narrowly escaped, surviving the desert with their newfound alliance in the Fremen. Lady Jessica is also pregnant with her second child, a girl, by Duke Leto Atreides, Paul’s father.  

The Baby’s Not an It: It’s a “She.” 

In the beginning of Dune: Part Two, Paul, Lady Jessica, and the Fremen are attacked by the Harkonnen as they take over Arakis and eliminate the Fremen. After Lady Jessica brutally attacks and kills a Harkonnen soldier, saving Paul’s life, his first concern is for his mother and sister. He asks his mother if “she (the baby) is ok.” Jessica responds with, “She’s fine.”  

Pro-abortion extremists, like Planned Parenthood, love creating cognitive dissonance between life in the womb and the brutal act of abortion. They avoid saying “he” or “she,” or even “baby.” Paul and Jessica speaking about her preborn baby as a living person was refreshing, to say the least.  

Visually Stunning Depiction of Preborn Life 

Later, when Lady Jessica becomes the Fremen’s Reverand Mother, she regularly speaks to her daughter. She bonds with her, holding her belly and discussing how to make the Fremen see that Paul is the Messiah through political propaganda.  

As Lady Jessica speaks, the scene transitions to stunning visuals showing her daughter at various stages of development in the womb. These accurate illustrations fly straight in the face of the pro-abortion activists’ claim that preborn life is just a “clump of cells” or, in a pro-abortion fashion, “fetal tissues.”  

In this sci-fi world, her daughter speaks with her from the womb in adult conversations. Preborn babies may not be as articulate in our world, but babies kicking, moving around, and changing positions in the womb are tangible signs of life. They can hear their mother’s voice. They feel pain. Quite simply, they’re alive. Dune: Part Two treats preborn babies with dignity as people, and the film’s visuals are more beautiful than words can describe. This stunning and accurate depiction of life brought the pro-life message to a much wider audience. 

Lady Jessica’s Virtuous Decision: Saying No to Sex Selective Abortion 

Lady Jessica is also of the Bene Gesserit Order, shortened to the Bene Gesserit or the Sisterhood. They are an all-female clan who use political interference, mysticism, and influence to elevate the chosen one, the Kwisatz Haderach.  

In Dune: Part One, the Reverend Mother Superior scolds Lady Jessica for bearing her son Paul when she’s instructed to bear only daughters. Lady Jessica risks her standing with the Bene Gesserit to save her son’s life, even if it goes against their strict code.  

Sex-selective abortions still happen in America. 126 million girls are killed through abortion and infanticide worldwide as of 2010. In 2015, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) sex-selective abortion isn’t discrimination, with thousands of girls being aborted in the United States for that very reason. Most recently, Paris Hilton promoted sex selection as she’s “waiting for a girl.” Meanwhile, she has 20 frozen sons waiting. Does that sound virtuous?  

Every Child Has a Destiny 

Paul Atreides wasn’t “supposed to be born,” according to the Bene Gesserit. Lady Jessica’s daughter isn’t “supposed to be a life” by today’s standards. Yet, this film shows the world that life shouldn’t be ours to decide, and their destiny is more significant than initially imagined. There’s Beethoven, who was deaf and suffered child abuse. There’s Nick Vujicic, born without limbs yet learned to swim, surf, and play golf, inspiring many with his speaking tours, documentaries, and TV shows. There’s Justin Bieber, who was supposed to be aborted but became a worldwide pop star. Every child has a destiny, and it is a tragedy when it’s ripped away from them through abortion or infanticide.  

It’s been quite some time since the pro-life message has spread in such a mainstream way, and quite frankly, in such an undetected matter. When you remove the framing of “pro-life” on inherently pro-life things, it comes across as beautiful and virtuous. Whether Dune Part One and Two Director Denis Villeneuve knows it, he made one of the most mainstream and Hollywood pro-life movies in recent years, and the Pro-Life Generation is here for it.  

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