Film review: October Baby

posted at 8:40 am on March 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

When one hears about a film like October Baby, which deals with the aftermath of a failed abortion and the impact it has on the lives of those affected, certain conclusions about it will emerge before even entering the theater.  People will expect it to preach a pro-life message rather than tell a story.  The film will manipulate characters so that they are neatly divided between evil and good.  Religion will get shoved down the viewers’ throats.  All of the loose ends will get tied up in a neat bow. And all of those conclusions will be … wrong.

October Baby tells the story of a young college student, Hannah (Rachel Hendrix), who has had numerous health issues in childhood but emerged as a generally healthy young adult when supported with proper medical care — at least until she collapses during a school play.  The subsequent medical tests, and the reading of her private journal by her parents, lead to a clash in which she discovers for the first time that she was adopted, and that she survived an abortion at 24 weeks.  Shocked, angry, and lost, Hannah joins her childhood confidante Jason (Jason Burkey) on a quest to find her true identity and some real meaning to her life.

This could have gone the way of a Lifetime movie, or have earnest but second-tier production treatment.  Neither happens thanks to expert handling by co-directors Andrew and Jon Erwin, both of whom have a few years under their belts making values-themed entertainment.  In fact, both leads appeared in their TV movie/pilot Alumni.  The production values in the film are commensurate with theatrical-release drama, certainly on the same level as other romantic dramas for teens.  The story itself provides surprises rather than opting for more feel-good resolutions of some conflicts. Religion comes into the story, but much less than one would imagine.

October Baby isn’t about religion, or even abortion as much as it is about forgiveness and letting go of pain and hurt.  It never crosses over into a strident anti-abortion didactic as one might expect, although the subtext arises once or twice, especially in a heart-rending scene with a surprising performance from Jasmine Guy.  The film tells a story and lets the viewers reach their own conclusions, but it doesn’t go out of its way to condemn anyone — and in one scene, even makes reference to violent protests at abortion clinics.  The film has a point of view, to be sure, but it treats everyone fairly, with the possible exception of a minor romantic rivalry that is the film’s only real one-dimensional device and obvious cliché.

As for the performances, the cast impresses — especially Guy and John Schneider, who plays Hannah’s father and gives the performance of his life.  They are the most recognizable stars in the cast, and both deliver powerful and vulnerable performances.  I was amazed to discover after the film that October Baby is Hendrix’s first theatrical film and only her second credit; it won’t be her last.  Hannah is the emotional center and core of the film, even when she can’t find her own core, and Hendrix captures her beautifully.  However, special mention should be made of Shari Rigby as Hannah’s birth mother, who not only delivers a powerful performance, but also gives an emotional interview during the end credits.  Do not miss it, and be sure to bring your handkerchiefs.

October Baby opens a week from today and is rated PG-13, for “mature thematic material,” which is certainly true.  There isn’t anything in the film to which parents would object, like bad language or nudity, but it’s heavy material for kids and pre-teens.


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But here’s the difference between you and me. I’m not calling for this movie to be banned…

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Did you like the movie “Juno”?

Instead of reading from your predetermined script, why not just go see the movie and then tell us what you thought of it afterwards?

Fallon on March 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

That a liberal would “fear” that this movie would convince anyone not to have an abortion? That says enough right there about the liberal mindset to me.

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’ve said it before. Abortion is a sacrament to leftists.

I’m pleased that you are expecting, but you need to be careful who you call vile. Some of us made a tragic decision when we were young that we deeply regret and torture ourselves over to this very day.

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I agree with you. I made a thoughtless remark years ago, and I still feel badly about it because I made a girl cry.

Many women suffer because they’ve had an abortion. The gal I made cry didn’t have the information and help she needed when she decided to abort.

It’s funny, not haha funny, that we have an easier time forgiving others than we do ourselves.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

They would go ballistic if I stepped on a sea turtle egg, but would cheer me on if I got an abortion (figuratively speaking since I’m a guy). I just don’t get it.

gator70 on March 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Just commented on this last night. This Conservative Family tried to adopt either infant or child just within the last decade. After a half year in the MAPP Classes and foster program, my family was unfit because I was still in the Army and deploying for OIF, OEF. This canard that pro-life families don’t do enough is bull. You want to see results in getting these children in homes, remove a couple hundred layers of bureaucracy.

hawkdriver on March 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Good to know, since Pooky is active duty Air Force, and like every of pro-lifer we know, we try to be open to the adoption option. Even if you’re not actively seeking it, sometimes a child needs your help (like Hannah from the movie) and you have a chance to give them a “forever family.”

pookysgirl on March 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Deanna on March 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

It might be worth noting that our legal system also gets in the way of domestic adoption. The mother is free to kill the child up to the moment of birth without the consent of the father. But once it passes the birth canal, he suddenly has rights and responsibilities. So an unwed mother cannot put her child up for adoption without his consent. Why do we allow the risk having the child you raise for years taken from you by reappearing father?

And those international adoptions may be a thing of the past also soon. UNICEF seems to be on a campaign to end them.

OBQuiet on March 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Congratulations. But adoption is still extremely rare. Most people, including the vast vast majority of pro-lifers, are unwilling to adopt kids. They don’t feel they could love a child who wasn’t their biological own. Believe me. If pro-lifers truly wanted to show their committment to ending abortion for the sake of the child, then every pro-life married couple would adopt regardless of race, age, health issues of the child. But, since we know that being pro-life isn’t actually about kids, but about shaming women who have pre-marital sex adoption rates remain low.

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Wow, so much ignorance, and in one post, too. I’m surrounded by close friends and family who have adopted children with special needs, an ethnicity different than our/their own, and non-infants. We literally put our money where our mouths are, and we’re not just a few. Our community is full of people who love children, and biology isn’t the reason.

You’re a pimple: annoying and an attention-getting, and full of nasty bacteria.

hoosiermama on March 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

So this is about population control then? There’s just too darn many of we people so some of us will just have to die/prevent from being born? Eugenics anyone? The Nazi’s used that same argument that some within society weren’t “worth” preserving and as such must be “dealt with”. It’s a slippery slope dude.

volnation on March 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Paging Godwin!

sobincorporated on March 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

What a lovely review! Color me tempted to see it.
:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Nothing but nothing can ever be allowed to cause doubt about the free exercise of abortion according to the libs.

Never mind the women who are still guilt-ridden 20 years later, the ones who grieve on the date of the abortion, the ones who named the ‘baby’. It’s no big deal. It’s just a lump of cells according to the Left Wing Death Cult.

SurferDoc on March 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

hoosiermama on March 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

There is a simple explanation for why liberals cling to this terribly bad argument. Far too many live in an echo chamber and they project their choices and bad behavior onto everyone else. So since the typical liberal is not surrounded by people who adopt, in their mind that must mean just about no one adopts.

NotCoach on March 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

If it ain’t human to begin with it never will be!

Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr. writes: “The underlying premise in the arguments pro-abortionists give against fetal personhood is that non-persons can change into persons. They are saying that a living being can undergo a radical, essential change in its nature during its lifetime. But there is a logical problem here. If the change was biologically inevitable from conception, given time, then this change is not a change in essential nature. This is because if the being naturally initiates the change,
It must be in its nature from the beginning to do so. If it is in its nature to do so, then despite any changes in such characteristics as independence, place of residence, physical development, or demonstration of mental ability, what the being is in later life is what the being is from the beginning of its life. This means that if we are persons with the right to be free from aggression later in life, we are persons even at conception. A False Assumption,” Libertarians for Life

Irenaeus on March 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Most people, including the vast vast majority of pro-lifers, are unwilling to adopt kids. They don’t feel they could love a child who wasn’t their biological own. Believe me.

I have no problem whatsoever believing that you couldn’t love a child not your own.

The fact a mere film creates panic for your worldview says all we need to know for how solid it is, morally and intellectually.

DRPrice on March 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Very nice review Ed.

CorporatePiggy on March 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I was amazed to discover after the film that October Baby is Hendrix’s first theatrical film and only her second credit; it won’t be her last

Ed, are you so naive that you think talent is any kind of yardstick by which “merit” is measured?

This woman is finished. She agreed to star in a movie whose theme violate every Hollywood standard.

She’ll be lucky to do commercials.

E9RET on March 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I have a friend who was the victim of a date rape some years before I met her. She went to the doctor’s about three months later because she was gaining weight, and couldn’t figure out why. She didn’t believe the doctor that she was pregnant until she was showed the ultrasound because she was one of those who continued to have a period.

When she was telling me about it she said that if she had realized earlier that she was pregnant, she probably would have had an abortion but seeing that heartbeat, she knew that she was carrying a baby, not just some tumor, and she couldn’t. She had the child, her parents adopted the girl, and even with the problems it caused her, she has never, ever, regretted her decision to NOT abort.

And for some reason, the “pro-choice” people seem afraid that other women will make this same decision that my friend did, and they do their damnedest to make sure that pregnant women won’t think that having the child and keeping it or giving it up for adoption is an option.

What is it about a woman choosing to NOT abort that scares them? I can only assume that it is at least in part because it makes them consider whether abortion is wrong, and no-one likes to be accused of doing wrong. So instead, they do everything in their power to make sure that no-one ever makes them feel bad about themselves again and if that involves supporting the killing of thousands, so what? For shrivelled souls like that, anything is preferable than the pain of self-realization.

LibraryGryffon on March 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

NotCoach on March 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Adopting a child demonstrates a lack of selfishness that a liberal simply cannot comprehend. Why any sane person would willingly give up Starbucks, Friday night movies, or carefree sex just for the priviledge of providing responsible care, love, leadership and financial support to some kid goes beyond the imagination of libs.

HoosierStateofMind on March 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Many women suffer because they’ve had an abortion. The gal I made cry didn’t have the information and help she needed when she decided to abort.

It’s funny, not haha funny, that we have an easier time forgiving others than we do ourselves.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Funny as in peculiar. I know what you mean.

Personally, I believe that the real ghouls are the abortion doctors who casually slaughter with hardly a thought, and the women who have abortions and claim to be proud of it. But if the abortion industry depended on ghoulish death lovers, it would cease to exist. I can’t believe there are that many women really like that out there.

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

But if the abortion industry depended on ghoulish death lovers, it would cease to exist. I can’t believe there are that many women really like that out there.

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

There aren’t, which is why they are so afraid of a woman having to see an ultrasound of the “clump of cells” before they make a decision. “Pro-Choice” folks have to make sure that people don’t really think about what is involved.

LibraryGryffon on March 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

There aren’t, which is why they are so afraid of a woman having to see an ultrasound of the “clump of cells” before they make a decision. “Pro-Choice” folks have to make sure that people don’t really think about what is involved.

LibraryGryffon on March 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

As much as I love free speech, I think truth in advertising laws should be invoked to outlaw the phrase “pro-choice” in reference to pro-abortion ghouls. Very few pro-choice activists have any claim to the very concept of “choice.”

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Which is why I put quotes around it. If they were truly about choice, they would want a woman to have all the information she needed to make an informed decision, and then help with whatever support was needed for her decision.

LibraryGryffon on March 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Ed, are you so naive that you think talent is any kind of yardstick by which “merit” is measured?

This woman is finished. She agreed to star in a movie whose theme violate every Hollywood standard.

She’ll be lucky to do commercials.

E9RET on March 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Maybe not, E9. Jim Caviezel played Jesus in the Gibson film and he’s starring in ‘Person of Interest’.

Personally, I believe that the real ghouls are the abortion doctors who casually slaughter with hardly a thought, and the women who have abortions and claim to be proud of it. But if the abortion industry depended on ghoulish death lovers, it would cease to exist. I can’t believe there are that many women really like that out there.

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I agree. I just don’t understand the mindset of abortion doctors. I did know a woman who was extremely angry in defense of her abortion, and she was a nurse.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Jim Caviezel played Jesus in the Gibson film and he’s starring in ‘Person of Interest’.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Caviezel has said that there is absolutely no doubt in his mind that playing Jesus hurt his career, and that he lost scores of chances at even auditioning in Hollywood because of it.

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

It really doesn’t matter what kind of political spin or guilt-by-association rationalization people hide behind in a debate or discussion regarding the rightness or wrongness of abortion.

It boils down to a simple truth: “should I or shouldn’t I” translates to “will I or won’t I” choose human sacrifice to the god of convenience.

Yes, abortion is legal. That legality does not alter or lessen the fact that it is an act of ultimate selfishness.

GGMac on March 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Oh, have American orphanages been emptied by eager pro-life advocates? Do we no longer have/need a foster care system in any state? I didn’t realize that pro-lifers were even willing to adopt, let alone that the problem had been solved! Guess I’ve been spending too much time in reality.

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Yes, better to kill them in utero than to have them grow up in foster care. This is the same thing PETA does; kill animals they can’t find homes for because they think it’s better that way.

BierManVA on March 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Thanks for proving, once again, that the pro-life movement’s concern about children ends within a few months of birth.

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

You want to say that to my face? My nieces were adopted instead of slaughtered, and I have friends who have adopted.

You want to know why adoption isn’t as common… BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT MAKES IT SO D@MN EXPENSIVE! It costs thousands of dollars for an adoption.

And as for not caring… BULL. Every time abortion comes up, we have to point out AGAIN that pro-life pregnancy center offer lots of help afterwards… as well as many other groups.

If I hear that lie from you again I’ll know you’re purposely playing your act of willful ignorance.

dominigan on March 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Caviezel has said that there is absolutely no doubt in his mind that playing Jesus hurt his career, and that he lost scores of chances at even auditioning in Hollywood because of it.

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Oh, I don’t doubt that at all, but he’s not doing commercials and he’s definitely not finished. Maybe Hendrix will win out.

Speaking of John Schneider; I saw him at the beach back in the ’80s. Hawt!

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Yes, better to kill them in utero than to have them grow up in foster care. This is the same thing PETA does; kill animals they can’t find homes for because they think it’s better that way.

BierManVA on March 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

…even as PETA moans about the hideous horrors of putting animals down. Kind of smacks of the pro-abortion ghouls who whine about the death penalty, doesn’t it?

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 1:41 PM

…be careful who you call vile. Some of us made a tragic decision when we were young that we deeply regret and torture ourselves over to this very day.

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I agree with you. I made a thoughtless remark years ago, and I still feel badly about it because I made a girl cry.

Many women suffer because they’ve had an abortion. The gal I made cry didn’t have the information and help she needed when she decided to abort.

It’s funny, not haha funny, that we have an easier time forgiving others than we do ourselves.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Those comments lead me to post this comment to all who read it…

Please see the Silent No More Awareness Campaign

It is a resource to all of those who…

1) … are pregnant and need help and truth about the physical and psychological harm that many abortions bring

2) … need healing in the wake of an abortion

3) … want to help others

ITguy on March 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM

But if the abortion industry depended on ghoulish death lovers, it would cease to exist. I can’t believe there are that many women really like that out there.

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM

No, but many are thoughtless and even lazy. They don’t want to be bothered with contraception for all kinds of excuses. But when it comes down to it they are simply selfish and/or lazy. Then they are hit with the consequences and use abortion as birth control. Abortion, like any other invasive medical procedure, should not be easy to obtain. Today it isn’t a medical procedure, it’s birth control.
One of the reasons given for making it legal country-wide was that it was inconvenient to go to another state where it was legal. Yet we think nothing of going to other states for all kinds of surgeries and procedures. Then there is the excuse the poor could not afford it. Again, contraception is widely available at very low cost and even free, so that excuse doesn’t fly. There is no “right” to an abortion, only excuses.

Deanna on March 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Thanks for that link, ITguy.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Thanks for that link, ITguy.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

If it helps even a single person, that’s a good thing.

And even for those who has never been personally impacted by abortion, one can’t help but be impacted by these testimonies.

ITguy on March 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Since misogyny has been the latest talking point, I may as well point out another obvious double standard. Why is it that men have no say about whether their baby lives or not? I knew a guy whose girlfriend aborted his kid because she was studying to be a doctor of all things. He was devastated.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I’m upset that conservatives seem hell bent on….. mandating….. 24 hour waiting periods
libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

So tell me, how do you feel about liberals “mandating” a 24-hour waiting period to purchase a firearm?

Because if I recall correctly, the whole argument behind the firearm regulation was to prevent someone from making a rash decision that might cause harm to an innocent 3rd party.

TeresainFortWorth on March 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Oh, I don’t doubt that at all, but he’s not doing commercials and he’s definitely not finished. Maybe Hendrix will win out.

Caviezel is now kicking ass and taking names in a hit show, so talent does sometimes win out in the end.

crazy_legs on March 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Crazy legs, I love the show. The stories are well written so far, and Michael Emerson is perfect as Finch.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Oh, have American orphanages been emptied by eager pro-life advocates? Do we no longer have/need a foster care system in any state? I didn’t realize that pro-lifers were even willing to adopt, let alone that the problem had been solved! Guess I’ve been spending too much time in reality.

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Your solution, then, is to kill children in orphanages?

bmmg39 on March 16, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I’m upset that conservatives seem hell bent on….. mandating….. 24 hour waiting periods
libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

So tell me, how do you feel about liberals “mandating” a 24-hour waiting period to purchase a firearm?

Because if I recall correctly, the whole argument behind the firearm regulation was to prevent someone from making a rash decision that might cause harm to an innocent 3rd party.

TeresainFortWorth on March 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Brava, Teresa in Fort Worth, BRAVA!!!
{Standing ovation!}

ITguy on March 16, 2012 at 3:30 PM

There isn’t anything in the film to which parents would object, like bad language or nudity, but it’s heavy material for kids and pre-teens.

And that’s why this movie will fail, and fail badly.

Let’s consider another plot twist. Girl is from Lebanaon, adopted by a kind Hammas family. Upon learning of her abortive past, she screams ‘Allah Akbar’ and mollifies her feelings of bitterness and angst by pumping out a couple rounds that kill her Christian neighbors.
After a quick transport to Iran for medical treatment, she joins an elite terrorist force and plans a subway bombing in the UK? See where I’m going with this.

Or just have her aborted and then raised by aliens. Another more interesting plot line that people will find irresistible.

bayam on March 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I’m pleased that you are expecting, but you need to be careful who you call vile. Some of us made a tragic decision when we were young that we deeply regret and torture ourselves over to this very day.

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Sorry, its hard to see it any other way, especially after just having seen that ultrasound. If I offended, then I apologize.

I guess I should have been more direct, people that are openly advocating for abortion, are vile. They can talk about laws, rights and mistakes, but they always leave one very fundamental thing out of their arguments, they want to kill an unborn baby, they could care less about the baby and its rights.

ShadowsPawn on March 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM

There isn’t anything in the film to which parents would object, like bad language or nudity, but it’s heavy material for kids and pre-teens.

And that’s why this movie will fail, and fail badly.

bayam on March 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Wishcast much, libby?

gryphon202 on March 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM

People like us who believe it IS life would gladly raise them.

HomeoftheBrave on March 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Oh, have American orphanages been emptied by eager pro-life advocates? Do we no longer have/need a foster care system in any state? I didn’t realize that pro-lifers were even willing to adopt, let alone that the problem had been solved! Guess I’ve been spending too much time in reality.

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:06

The REASON there are so many kids in foster care is because that’s how the system is designed. It’s not set up to get kids into loving families, it’s set up to MAKE MONEY for the child services agencies who become responsible for these children. If no children were in foster care, the agencies wouldn’t have justification for their multi-million dollar budgets, now would they?

Just commented on this last night. This Conservative Family tried to adopt either infant or child just within the last decade. After a half year in the MAPP Classes and foster program, my family was unfit because I was still in the Army and deploying for OIF, OEF. This canard that pro-life families don’t do enough is bull. You want to see results in getting these children in homes, remove a couple hundred layers of bureaucracy.

hawkdriver on March 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

^ THIS ^

This Conservative Family has adopted three children with Down syndrome through private agencies. We are now trying to adopt another child w/DS through the foster care system. Most families in our position are traveling to Eastern European orphanages to adopt special needs children and are able to complete their adoptions very quickly, sometimes within a few short months from start to finish.

But since we cannot afford to pay $25-50K in fees for an international adoption we are directing our search toward children in foster care. Over the last year we have identified several children who would be a good fit for our family, and we have plenty of experience and resources to be an appropriate family for any of the children, but so far, we haven’t been matched with a child.

Oh, the social workers always have their excuses, such as “We’re only looking at families with 1 or 2 children”, like they believe being shuffled through endless foster homes for YEARS and YEARS is somehow more appropriate for a child than being permanently adopted into a loving family with a house full of siblings. Oh, the horror. /

Before our second adoption (over 5 years ago) we inquired about a child from Texas, but never heard anything back, so we moved on and eventually adopted our son. Several years later, after we had completed our THIRD adoption, we received an email from the TX child’s worker asking if we were still interested. What the heck?!?! Why was that child still available?!?! If only they would have contacted us when we first expressed interest. But by the time they “got around to it”, we had moved on and had completed two separate private adoptions, eighteen months apart.

This time we have been searching for almost a year. We have filled out REAMS of paperwork, taken weeks of MAPP parenting classes (required even for experienced parents of nine children), and submitted to health evaluations and all manner of federal & state background clearances to prove our “worthiness” to adopt. But even though we passed every test the system threw at us, we still have not been matched with an available child.

The levels of bureaucracy prospective foster-adopt families are forced to wade through is MADDENING. No child who is available for adoption should have to wait more than 6 months to be matched with an adoptive family. I GUARANTEE you, lack of willing families is NOT what is keeping these kids from being adopted. It’s the bureaucracy!

mom29js on March 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

mom29js on March 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I commend you and your family for your efforts.

NotCoach on March 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:06

Oh so you have all those homeless people living with you from the Obama economy/ …..yeh right.

Such a tiresome dishonest bunch of tripe.

CW on March 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

*Really big hug* You are not vile and you are not alone. *Another big hug*

LazyHips on March 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Film review: October Baby

Thanks for the review Ed. My better half and I look forward to the DVD release.

rukiddingme on March 16, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Congratulations. But adoption is still extremely rare.

Adoption is not rare, despite your assertion.

It would happen more often if the undesirables would be placed for adoption instead if killed.

Most people, including the vast vast majority of pro-lifers, are unwilling to adopt kids.

This organization has placed almost 30,000 undesirables. It is only one organization of many. Try again.

They don’t feel they could love a child who wasn’t their biological own.

Since you are not speaking for anyone I know, you must be speaking only of everyone you know.

Believe me.

No thanks.

If pro-lifers truly wanted to show their committment to ending abortion for the sake of the child, then every pro-life married couple would adopt regardless of race, age, health issues of the child.

If pro-abortioners truly wanted to show their commitment to continuing abortion, every pro-abortioner would abort every child every time regardless of race, age, health issues of the child.

But, since we know that being pro-life isn’t actually about kids, but about shaming women who have pre-marital sex adoption rates remain low.

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I’m not with we, nor is anyone else on the pro-choice side that I know.

Once again, you must be speaking of yourself and everyone you know.

rukiddingme on March 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I’m pleased that you are expecting, but you need to be careful who you call vile. Some of us made a tragic decision when we were young that we deeply regret and torture ourselves over to this very day.

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I’m sorry that you got caught up in the feminist/liberal propaganda machine before you could make a different decision or knew there were other options. Peace be with you and forgive yourself. These “people” are very very good at what they do and only by the grace of God there aren’t more. Don’t torture yourself and rejoice that you’ve found knowledge and that there are “choices” out there.

Having said that, this is why libfreeordie is so worried. Movies and ideas like this chip away and erode the feminist/liberal talking points and show it to be the empty, soul-killing lie that it is.

I’d be worried too if I were invested in it.

kim roy on March 16, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Since misogyny has been the latest talking point, I may as well point out another obvious double standard. Why is it that men have no say about whether their baby lives or not? I knew a guy whose girlfriend aborted his kid because she was studying to be a doctor of all things. He was devastated.

Lightswitch on March 16, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I’m not being callous or minimizing this man’s situation, but perhaps it’s up to men to be more careful who they’re sleeping with as well. Don’t sleep with women who would do that. If a woman would abort a child because of life situations (like studying to be a doctor), then be aware that this is a possibility.

It’s all so very very sad.

kim roy on March 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I’m pleased that you are expecting, but you need to be careful who you call vile.

Agreed.

Some of us made a tragic decision when we were young that we deeply regret and torture ourselves over to this very day.

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Having read this, it may not mean much to you to read my response:

I believe you have been forgiven and you certainly are not vile.

rukiddingme on March 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM

mom29js on March 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Thank you for your testimony and may God bless you for your good works. Your real life story strikes death the to liberal adoption meme.

itsspideyman on March 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I’m not with we, nor is anyone else on the pro-choice life side that I know….

rukiddingme on March 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM

^^That’s what I get for failing to review my work before turning it in.

rukiddingme on March 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Before having surgery, patients must be fully informed of all possible risks and complications so that they can make an informed decision. Before getting a flu shot, the patient must be informed of all possible ramifications of getting that shot. Why the need for secrecy in abortions? Are women so fragile and naive that the law must protect them from reality? Why the fear of allowing the woman to make her decision based on full disclosure – all the information – rather than on what may or may not be factual. Seeing an ultrasound is nothing more than providing the woman with all the facts so she can make an informed decision. It seems that the pro-abortion people feel that seeing an ultrasound is such an awful and intrusive experience that they must protect the woman at all costs from full disclosure about the procedure she is considering. Why? Because an ultrasound will show a baby – even at a few weeks, the heartbeat will be visible. She might decide that she wouldn’t be aborting simply a “mass of tissue” or a “blob,” but rather that she would be ending a life. Why is that possibility so abhorrent to the left? It seems they are the ones who think so little of a woman’s intellect and ability to make informed decisions. In the United States, having an abortion is a legal right. That isn’t likely to change any time soon. So let women exercise that right with full disclosure.

In life there ARE some things that are clearly black & white – no grey areas. Either life is precious – or it is not. Just this past week I’ve read news stories about “post-birth” abortions. I personally know an abortion survivor. It happens. I know about the issues she has dealt with her entire life. The movie isn’t far-fetched at all.

themediansib on March 16, 2012 at 11:37 PM

I commend you and your family for your efforts.

NotCoach on March 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Thank you for your testimony and may God bless you for your good works. Your real life story strikes death the to liberal adoption meme.

itsspideyman on March 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Thank you so much for your kind words! My husband and I feel so very blessed that God has entrusted these precious lives into our care. Our three adopted children have been such a joy to our entire family, and they have changed us (for the better) in so many ways I couldn’t even begin to list them all.

I have been pro-life all of my life, but adopting three children who were fortunate enough to escape the abortionist’s knife makes the abortion issue so much more personal to me. The only reason our 9 yr old wasn’t aborted was because his birth mother didn’t know he had Down syndrome until after he was born. She admitted that she would have sought an abortion if she had known.

Our 4 year old was nearly aborted due to his prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. His birth mother actually scheduled an appointment for an abortion, but thankfully her husband was able to talk her out of it.

The birth mother of our 3 year old daughter was very strongly pressured to abort after her diagnosis, even after she told her OB that she planned to place her baby for adoption. Thankfully, she was able to find a pro-life OB who supported her decision to carry her baby to term!

I cannot imagine who I would be today if I had never known them…never loved them…never had the chance to be their mother…if they’d never been born. It literally makes my heart race in panic just to think of the possibility.

I find it inconceivable that 90-95% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted. It’s just.so.heartbreaking that our society has very nearly eliminated these precious, precious gifts simply because they have been deemed unworthy of life. Oh, how our Heavenly Father must weep at what we have allowed ourselves to become. How have we fallen so far? :`(

mom29js on March 17, 2012 at 1:38 AM

mom29js on March 16, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I commend you and your family for your efforts.

NotCoach on March 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Same here.

hawkdriver on March 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I didn’t say I was “pro-life” I’m not going to buy into your ridiculous sloganeering to characterize my feelings towards the sanctity of life.

libfreeordie on March 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

It’s apparent that you have no feelings towards the sanctity of life.

PalinLover on March 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Romney’s going for a new look, it seems. Here’s a shot of him getting ready to make an appearance at a campaign stop in South Dakota.

I think it’s time for a third look at this guy.

sartana on March 17, 2012 at 8:22 PM

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