I quit going to movies about 14 years ago after someone very dear to me agreed to a movie date–if I could find one that was not morally offensive. I had to stop and think about what he said and to re-examine my own moral compass in regards to movies I spent time and money to watch.
However, October Baby touched me personally as a pro-lifer and an adoptee–so I made an exception. The story line is of a young woman, Hannah, who discovers she is adopted and her birth was the result of a failed abortion. The discovery validates her feelings of being incomplete and feeling something missing in her life in spite of having two loving parents.
Hannah is confused and angry with her parents for lying and not trusting her with the truth. Out of love for their daughter they wanted just the right time to tell her, but the right time just never seemed to present itself.
So Hannah goes on a journey to find answers to her questions: Why did my birth mother abort me? Why didn’t she want me? What is wrong with me?
In her discovery, Hannah finds her answers and more. Not all are what she anticipated, but they are real, and she is finally able to fill in the missing pieces of her life.
This movie doesn’t sugar-coat the issue of abortion and how it touches the lives of everyone involved, but it does present the reality of hope: that while sometimes truth is painful, it can indeed set one free.
This movie is worth your time and your money! And be sure to stay through the credits for a surprise!
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