This Time: Rock Legend Pens Pro-Life Anthem

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville is where John Elefante, the former lead singer of the rock group Kansas, made a lucrative career producing dozens of albums for himself and others. But with the song "This Time," he's made work intensely personal.

That's because Elefante is singing about how his adopted daughter narrowly missed a date with death before she was ever born.

"There are two major facts I do know," Elefante told CBN News, "and that is that she was almost aborted. Her mother was in the abortion clinic and called her mom from that place and told her she was pregnant. Her mom didn't know she was pregnant."

Divine Intervention

Elefante knows the mother of his adopted daughter was just 13 years old at the time.

In the music video, Elefante sings of that girl:

"She sat cold in a waiting room, frightened and all alone. Watched the clock kick down, knowing that her baby would soon be gone. Her head slung low, so embarrassed; she was 13 years old."

Watch the music video below:

Imagining a divine intervention, Elefante sings, "Then she heard a voice inside say, 'Run away! It was a mistake, but don't throw your child away.'"

The video shows the girl falling into a dream, where she sees her unborn child as a happy tot at her third birthday, then a smiling schoolgirl, then a joyous young woman throwing her arms around the grateful man and woman who were given the opportunity to raise her.

In the video, abortion workers tell the frightened pregnant girl not to worry; she may be young, but they see this all the time.

Then God intervenes, saying, "You're not taking this one. She's mine. She'll grow up to seek My name. You're not taking her this time. I decided before time began her name is written in The Book. They didn't have the power to take her life. They're not taking her. She's mine. And you're not taking her this time."

The girl then finds a phone when no one's looking, calls her mom and runs away from the abortion clinic. Outside she finds her mother waiting for her with open arms.

In the first month the music video has been online, it's soared toward nearly 500,000 views.

'Thanks for Letting Me Live'

Twenty years later, the life that came from that young girl's last-minute decision not to abort, Sami Elefante, now lives with the parents who adopted her in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood.

She appears with her rock legend dad at the end of the "This Time" video.

"Hi, I'm Sami Elefante," Sami says in the video as photos of the Elefantes roll by. "The story you just watched is based on how I was rescued from being aborted."

Elefante chimes in, "And we are eternally grateful that Sami's birth mother chose life."

Then Sami tells the sober facts: "Every day in America 3,500 children lose their lives to abortion. That is one child every 25 seconds."

CBN News asked Sami what she'd say now to her birth mother.

"Just thanks for letting me live and giving me my family," she stated.

Not a Political Statement

Sitting with his guitar across his lap in his small home studio, her dad said he didn't set out to write what some are already calling a new pro-life anthem.

And as invitations pour in for Elefante to appear before pro-life groups, he told CBN News he didn't plan to get involved in what some call "the abortion wars."

"I don't care to get on TV and get in these loud shouting matches, you know, pro-life versus pro-choice and these people yell at each other and they talk over each other and you never know what anybody's saying. You get all stressed out just watching," he said.

He also states the video is not meant to be political. It's simply a real-life rock 'n roll legend telling the true story of how his precious daughter was saved at the last minute from an abortion.

But when he first saw the video, Elefante told a good friend who helped get it produced, "If it can save one life, it's worth it."

And within days after the video was released, that life was saved. A prison transportation officer wrote that she first saw the video while waiting for a pregnant inmate who was getting an ultrasound. The prisoner came out and confessed to the officer she was struggling with whether or not to abort her unborn child.

The officer showed the inmate "This Time" and right then the prisoner promised to let the baby be born.

"That is so awesome," Sami said of that inmate's decision. "When my dad told me, I said, 'That's what we were going for. That's amazing.'"

"But we don't want to stop at one life," Elefante added. "I'm hoping this is going to save many lives."

Get Involved

And that's what Elefante is suggesting viewers do when he speaks at the end of the "This Time" video and points them to the sponsor of the video.

"You can save babies from abortion. For more information, please visit," he says. 

Online For Life searches for women looking for abortion resources on the Internet and then guides them toward help from pro-life sources.

It's saved almost 1,300 babies. Since the video debuted, OnlineForLife has seen its Facebook page fill with positive comments and testimonies.

"This is the BEST video I have ever seen," poster Sandy Franklin wrote. "Our adopted daughter is 16 years old now and she had been scheduled to be aborted…But 'something came over' the birth mother and she cancelled the appointment."

Jerry McKinley posted, "We have an adopted daughter and the world would definitely not be the same without her. God is so good and blessings to every birth mother who is so selfless to share a child with others."

Another poster, Ginny Keenan, wrote, "If more young girls and women contemplating an abortion watched this video, they would realize that it is a life they're ending, not just an inconvenience to them. It would save countless lives!"

"What a beautiful video," wrote May Ann Assad Ferrigno. "THANK YOU from another Mom who adopted her greatest blessing in life."

All the outpouring over a song that came from the deepest part of a famous artist's heart, a song that surprised even Elefante.

"I listened back to it and I just went, 'Wow!'" he recalled. "That's really cool because it's not contrived. It's real life.'"

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