'October Baby' Tells Tale of an Abortion Survivor

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A new film inspired by the true story of a young girl who survives an abortion and then searches for her mother, hits theaters this weekend.

"'October Baby'" is the story of Hannah, a 19-year-old girl, beautiful girl, who learns that she is adopted and never told because she is the survivor of an abortion," Jon Erwin, the film's co-director, told CBN News.

"So she has to go on a journey of discovery to try and find answers to her life and try to make sense of it all," he explained.

"In the midst of this, it really becomes a story of how powerful forgiveness can be and how liberating the choice to forgive can be," he said.

Jon and his brother, Andy, have a background in music videos, but they felt compelled to make "October Baby," their first feature film.

"October Baby is inspired by a true story, the story of Gianna Jessen, who is an abortion survivor. When I heard her speak for the very first time, I was shattered," Jon told CBN News.

"October Baby" Actress Shari Rigby talks about her own abortion and how she received God's forgiveness and healing.

"I didn't know there was such a thing as abortion survivors. And I was so captivated by the issue, I felt we had to do something about it," he said.

Andy explained that the film was more than a tear-jerker.

"October Baby is definitely a movie where you do laugh and you do cry," he said. "We wanted you to laugh as hard as you cry. It's such a heavy issue that it needed to be a charming coming-of-age love story."

The movie stars new comer Rachel Hendrix as Hannah and John Schneider as Hannah's father.

Shari Rigby plays Hannah's birth mother, a role that hits very close to home for the actress who herself had an abortion.

"I read the script and was really reading something that paralleled my life," Rigby said.

"And at that very moment, I realized that God was weaving this tapestry of my life over these last 20 years and how beautiful that looked and the promise of that," she said.

One of the more emotional moments is when Hannah finally finds her birth mother.

Rigby said God used the role to bring healing from her own abortion and believes God will do the same for others who've been there.

"And He gave me that complete forgiveness," she revealed. "He met me, so to speak, at the well and He showed me that little girl, I know that that was a little girl that I aborted."

"He gave me the love and grace and to really understand forgiveness and to say, it's okay, it's been done," she said.

The Erwin brothers said their biggest hope is that the movie will make people really think about the issue of life.

"The theme of the movie is every life is beautiful," Jon said. "So the movie is a celebration of life and a celebration of the beauty and the wonder of it."

"And I hope that people going to this movie, that it will change the way people think about life," he said.

The movie debuts in select theaters this weekend.

*Published Mar. 22, 2012.

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