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180: Changing the Heart of a Nation is a 33-minute anti-abortion documentary by Ray Comfort. The title represents the aim to "reverse" people who hold a pro-choice stance to become staunch anti-abortionists. Comfort originally intended to call it Hitler, Religion and the Holocaust.

The film was released on September 26, 2011 and received more than 1 million views on YouTube within a month. Comfort employs the typical fundamentalist canard of attempting to manipulate views by suggesting a historical connection between Hitler, the Holocaust, and whatever the bĂȘte noir du jour is, in this case, abortion. The film's web page says nothing about abortion, just that the film is "[a] shocking award winning documentary" which will "Rock Your World."

In the trailers, Comfort argues that the title of the movie describes the "reverse" of views on abortion he achieves in arguments lasting 33 seconds on average.

The video case and disk give no hint that the video is about the Holocaust or abortion, only the warning, "Public advisory: Graphic content," and vague praise that the film is very moving and inspiring.

The primary argument of the film is direct comparison between the Holocaust and abortion in the US, presented in a series of man-on-the-street interviews in which Comfort first questions people over how far they would go if ordered to participate in the genocide, then accuses them of holding contradictory views for their support of abortion rights. As this argument is shown to have a near one-hundred-percent success rate at getting those questioned to renounce their pro-choice views, it is apparent the program is constructed using the 'interview mining' technique of talking to thousands of subjects and showing only those which cast Comfort's argument in a good light. A similar opening segment montages American youth claiming no knowledge of the holocaust or even the name Hitler, a lack of knowledge Comfort claims is a sign of the moral decline of the country.

Interestingly, Ray Comfort is Jewish himself on his mother's side. He uses that in the documentary to guilt the viewers into accepting his stand.

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