Georgette Forney is an Anglican deacon, the president of Anglicans for Life, and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, whose mission is to give a voice and platform to women who regret their abortions.
Forney told CNA in e-mail comments that she thought the video should be called "Kids Meet Abortion Propaganda."
"...when I looked into the organization producing the series – I realized it was indeed an organization pumping out 'content' for kids that features a liberal agenda," she said.
She said the video with Bowon is "disingenuous and not representational of women who have abortions," many of whom have deep regrets.
She said she attempted to reach out to the group to suggest that they make an alternative video, where kids talk with women who regret their abortions, but could not find any contact information.
"Guess they don't want to hear from people but do want to decide what kids should hear!" she said.
Mallory Quigley, a spokesperson for pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, which advocates for pro-life politicians, told CNA that she thought it was sad that Bowon felt the need to use children to justify her decision.
"It's sad that she felt the need to justify the choice to end a life, and to bully kids into supporting her decision," she said. "People who are comfortable with their decisions don't usually take that step."
She added that she thought the video was an act of "desperation" on the part of the "abortion lobby."
"They see that life is winning, that a majority of young people are pro-life," she said. "This is sort of a desperate attempt to try out what's really old and tired language at this point on the next generation. And I think that it reveals a lot of the flaws in their arguments and the subjectivity of it all."
D. C. McAllister, writing for P.J. Media, wrote that the video was "creepy" and "targets children."
"Notice how she dehumanizes the baby, the life inside of her. She also fails to tell the children about the physical risks to the mother. She ignores the pain women suffer and the long-term adverse effects. She skips over the emotional toll having an abortion takes on most women," McAllister wrote.
"She doesn't describe what happens to the baby - how it's chemically burned, how it feels pain. How it is cut up into pieces. Little arms, legs, and torsos. Planned Parenthood has plenty of pictures she could have provided, but no, she tells these kids it's a simple procedure - and you'll be so grateful afterwards."
Nathan Apodaca, writing for life advocacy group Human Defense, deconstructs the arguments made for abortion in the video, which he said "simply helps confirm many of the biases that people have against those who oppose abortion, through lazy dismissals, bad arguments, ad hominem insults, and snarky political posturing."
"The '#SHOUTYOURABORTION' movement may be holding the hearts of many at the moment through tearful and heart wrenching stories, but it is instead the desperate plea of a movement which has broken tens of millions of men and women and helped slaughter tens of millions of little children who never got to see the light of day or feel the warm embrace of those who loved them," he wrote.
Bonow posted the video on her Twitter, and announced that her group was also working on a children's book: "I let a bunch of kids grill me about my abortion and it was great. #ShoutYourAbortion will be releasing a children's book about abortion in 2020!"
But the 2,200-plus comments on her post were overwhelmingly against the video.
"I notice not one child was filmed who rejected her position," Twitter user MamaD said.
"I watched this. No information given such as facts of embryonic developmen [sic] & what abortion procedures at various trimesters actually entail. No, it's platitudes & emotional appeals; of course kids will tell you it's ok and sadly so will many adults. Abortion is a grave injustice," Twitter user Jenny S. commented.
Several commenters on Twitter and Facebook recommended that the "Kids Meet" series also expose children to someone who has survived abortion, such as Gianna Jessen, a pro-life speaker and advocate who survived a late-term saline abortion at 7 months, and has cerebral palsy as a result.
Jessen herself responded to the video on Twitter: "as someone who was actually born in an abortion clinic, resulting in cerebral palsy, and being a woman-i would Love to give these kids another perspective. the baby's perspective-what were my rights?"