The short documentary, I Lived on Parker Avenue, is very moving. As a CNA article by Maggie Maslak explains, it’s about a meeting between David Scottons — who was seconds away from being aborted, but was instead put up for adoption — with his birth parents.
“I hope those who watch will see what the adoption option can do. Without the adoption option, I would not be here today…my parents would not have the gift of their only child; nor would my grandparents have the gift of their only grandchild. That’s what adoption does. It can save lives and build families,” he said.
Moving forward, David plans on “always keeping in touch” with his birth parents, saying, “I am looking forward to seeing my biological sister and half-sister grow up as well.”
Pro-abortion advocates will likely call the film emotionally exploitative and self-serving for the young pro-life advocate at its center, but the subject is inherently emotional. To warn of exploitation would be to forbid pro-lifers from telling the compelling, true stories that support their views.
The question of whether David Scottons is serving his own interests as an activists gets to a curios rhetorical device that we see often from the left. On one hand, as we’ve seen with recent school shootings, nobody is presumed to have authority to speak on an issue unless they’ve been personally affected by something. On the other hand, somebody on the right who advances his or her message through a compelling personal story is presented as trying to cash in. The common theme, obviously, is that one is never presumed to be advocating in good faith for culturally or politically conservative issues.
Give I Lived on Parker Avenue a viewing. Then do what you can to find and support similarly compelling productions. On abortion as on a great many issues, we’re so clearly in the right that the only way we lose the battle of ideas is to back down when we’re attacked unfairly and illogically.