As Americans come to the Thanksgiving table this week with their families to celebrate one of our nation’s most cherished holidays, I hope we all reflect on and are thankful for the simple gift of life.
Americans are all very fortunate to live in a country that affords us the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We all cherish these freedoms, but when it comes to the pre-born, their rights have been taken away by unelected judges in the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions of the 1970s.
At Citizens United, our core mission is to educate the American people about the Conservative movement and to restore government to citizen control. One way to do that is through documentary films. Citizens United has teamed up with Governor Mike Huckabee to produce The Gift of Life, an hour long documentary that explores the sanctity of life as a moral issue and looks at the lives of individuals who have been personally affected by abortion.
In the film, you hear the voice of Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived in rape and almost aborted twice. James Robison tells of his mother’s decision to abort him being changed by prayer and a doctor’s conviction. Chet McDoniel shares the emotional story of how his delivery doctor put him in the corner of the hospital room where he was left to die because he had no arms and shortened legs. The doctor told Chet’s parents that if his body was as mangled on the inside as it was on the outside, Chet would be better off dead. By God’s grace, those featured in the film were saved from death, but an estimated 1.2 million children are aborted every year because of the unjust decisions made by the Supreme Court. Abortion is a scourge on our American ideals.
The Gift of Life also profiles leaders in the pro-life movement. These exceptional advocates work tirelessly everyday to protect life and to advance the pro-life cause. One such leader we filmed was Kortney Blythe Gordon, a National Field Director for Students for Life of America, a great group that organizes college students in support of the pro-life movement. We had the extraordinary opportunity to film a live 3D/4D ultrasound performed on Kortney who was about 20 weeks pregnant at the time. Kortney, her husband, and her mother-in-law shared what was one of the most joyous times of their lives as we were introduced to Sophy, the living baby girl in Kortney’s womb.
Tragically, less than a week later, Kortney and her pre-born daughter Sophy were killed in an auto accident while Kortney was attending a Students for Life Conference in Georgia. Another Students for Life staffer would later die of his injuries from the crash. This heartbreaking tragedy rocked everyone associated with this film to the core and we were all reminded again how life is truly so precious. Kortney’s husband Ben was very gracious to insist we keep the footage we shot of Kortney and Sophy’s 3D/4D ultrasound in the documentary. What a beautiful tribute to both mother and daughter and we are grateful to honor their lives.
Reflecting on the incredible stories featured in this film, you can’t help but be thankful for the gift of life. Please go to The Gift of Life website to learn more about this inspirational film. I hope this important film will give us something to be truly thankful for this Thanksgiving and maybe even change some hearts and minds along the way.
Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!