This weekend movie theaters across the nation are joining the campaign for Life. A new movie, October Baby premieres nationwide tomorrow, March 23, telling the redemptive story of an adopted college student who survived a late-term abortion and is now searching for answers to who she is.
The movie revolves around the story of Hannah (Rachel Hendrix), a college freshman, who experiences a health crisis at the movie’s opening that puts her on the path for truth.
Pro-life from start to finish, this film brings the heart of the people involved in abortion and adoption from statistic on a page to faces on people.
“This story was one we felt compelled to make. And while the film is not a true story, it represents countless true stories of abortion survivors,” says writer Jon Erwin, who along with his brother Andy co-directed and produced the film. They wanted to tell a story that celebrates the beauty of life and brings healing to those who are dealing with the aftermath of abortion, they say.
A pivotal scene occurs when Hannah finds the abortion center nurse who assisted with the failed abortion (Jasmine Guy). The nurse tells her, “there were things that happened there, terrible things, things he had me do.” She explains how the abortionist called babies “tissue” so much that she began to believe it—until the day of the failed abortion:
“I didn’t see the face of no tissue; I just saw the face of a child.”
Before Hannah leaves, the nurse reminds her of a truth important to us all in this battle today, “Hate the crime, not the criminal.”
October Baby manages to be poignant without being preachy. Plenty of humorous scenes and one-liners from characters like B-Mac (Chris Sligh) keep the tone light while maintaining the heavy theme.
This film explores an important question in adoption, as well. Should a child be told her or she is adopted from the start? Hannah would probably say yes because throughout her life she has felt mysteriously unwanted. Much of her journey in this movie goes beyond the search for her biological mother and into her search for acceptance and love as a person who is wanted.
Ultimately, October Baby is a movie of redemption and hope. Its tagline is “Every life is beautiful” and its late-term abortion message is tragic but true, reminding us that in every abortion clinic, every bit of tissue discarded is a life that didn’t get to be lived.
Could a movie help swing elections for LIFE and be a nail in the coffin of Roe V. Wade? That remains to be seen, but October Baby certainly reminds viewers that no matter what spin we put on the language, it’s still a baby who deserves to be wanted.
Also, don’t let the PG-13 rating turn you off. It’s strictly rated for the themes explored. There’s absolutely no profanity or sexual innuendo in the film, which proves it’s possible to make a quality movie without comprising standards.
October Baby is playing all over. It’s vital we help convey to theaters that this is a movie worth seeing, worth keeping in their auditoriums. This link will take you to their Facebook page where you can watch a trailer and find a theater near you.