Here you can read stories by women who found themselves in crisis due to an unplanned pregnancy. With help and guidance they were able to choose life for their baby and avoid the life shattering consequences of abortion. In some cases they may have walked out of an abortion clinic or the abortion was botched and the baby survived the abortion.
Bella “The Movie” Co-Producer Knows the Pain of Abortion
Film producer Jason Jones made a promise when he was 17 that has resulted in a lifetime of pro-life work and ultimately, involvement in Bella, the movie that continues to change hearts and minds on abortion. Speaking in Hamilton recently at a Culture of Life symposium for high school students, Jones shared his personal abortion story.
A football player in high school, he recalls clearly the day his girlfriend told him she was pregnant. Surprisingly, he was happy with the news and prepared to meet his responsibilities. He joined the army, assuring his girlfriend he would return to support her and the baby as soon as he finished training. But a phone call interrupted his plans and forever altered his life. It was his girlfriend, sobbing on the phone because her father had forced her to abort their six-month old child. The news shook him to the core and when he came home, he promised his girlfriend that for the rest of his life, he would work to end abortion.
Jason can’t explain why he was pro-life. He grew up as an atheist. When he began speaking out against abortion after his personal experience, he was shunned by some members of his family. It was only years later that he learned many of them had also had abortions.
Jason began a pro-life club in college that was effective in helping save many women and babies from abortion. He told the story of three girls in his class who begged him to stop talking about abortion. He agreed, on the condition they would promise never to have an abortion. Two years later, he met one of those women. She became pregnant shortly after college and was pressured to have an abortion by her mother, boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s mother. As her mother drove her to the abortion clinic, she kept thinking about the promise she had made to Jason. When the car stopped in front of the clinic, she jumped out and ran. As she described to Jason what happened, she pointed to her beautiful child seated in a baby buggy and said, “I’d like you to meet the promise.”
After college, Jason kept striving to fulfill his promise by working full-time for pro-life groups and politicians. But of all his work, he feels most privileged to have been involved with Metanoia Films in the movie Bella, “the small film with a big heart that got its start winning the Toronto Film Festival in 2006.” Jason sees the film as a great tool to protect women and babies from the devastation of abortion. “Every week we get letters from women who choose life after seeing the movie,” he said.
Feedback to Bella has been overwhelmingly positive as even Hollywood responds to its integrity. Jason says Bella’s filmmakers are committed to making more films that honour God and celebrate the dignity of the human person. “We have to call the world to integrity to respect the sanctity of life.”