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Friday, 24 March, 2000, 08:51 GMT
Anti-abortionists target Oscars
Michael Caine plays an abortionist in the film
By David Willis in Los Angeles

Anti-abortion campaigners are threatening to disrupt Sunday's Oscars over the nominated movie The Cider House Rules.

They are targeting the British actor, Michael Caine, who has been nominated for best supporting actor for his role as an orphanage doctor who also carries out abortions.

A pro-life group called Survivor is planning to stage demonstrations at the theatre where the Academy Award ceremony is due to take place and outside Michael Caine's home in Beverly Hills.

They acccuse the film of spreading what one campaigner called the "hate-filled lie that abortion is good", and say that Michael Caine was wrong to have appeared in the film.

Campaigner Rebecca Rainbolt said: "He's giving abortion a positive outlook and we disagree with him.

"We think that's wrong and he should not have accepted a part that gives a positive outlook on murder and killing a child."

Headache for organisers

The film, set in the 1940s, is based on John Irving's bestseller, which angered abortion opponents when it was published in 1985. It grossed $23m before winning seven Oscar nominations last month, including best picture.

The intended protest is just the latest headache for the organisers; last week, all the Oscar statuettes went missing, only to turn up a few days later in a rubbish skip.

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