This year, with our new film The Gift Of Life in the forefront of my mind, I have been thinking about how thankful I am for life. The film, hosted by the great advocate for life Governor Mike Huckabee, profiles some remarkable people with powerful pro-life stories and I am so grateful for their lives and the opportunity to share them with you.
The Gift Of Life features an incredible cast and I am thankful for each and every one of them.
I am thankful for pro-life leaders like Marjorie Dannenfelser, Kristan Hawkins, Carol Tobias, and Charmaine Yoest. Groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, Student for Life of America, the National Right to Life Committee, and Americans United for Life are essential to educate, activate, and mobilize those of us on the side of life.
I am thankful that Carol Everett and Dr. Anthony Levatino, who were both responsible for the deaths of thousands of unborn babies, have seen the light and now use their incredible testimonies to change the minds of others.
I am thankful for Sandra Cano, the “Mary Doe” in Doe v. Bolton, for speaking out about the lies and deceptions of that Supreme Court decision and its companion case, Roe v. Wade. Sandra tells us the truth about her pro-life beliefs and the way her case was manipulated.
I am thankful that Rebecca Kiessling and James Robison are both alive today after being conceived in rape, single parenthood, and adversity. Their mothers were very close to choosing abortion but their lives were spared at the last moment.
I am thankful Chet McDoniel survived his delivery doctor’s attempt to let him die, by placing him in the corner of the room with minimal care. Chet’s lack of arms and shortened legs have not held him back at all and he is living proof that no one has the right to judge the value of another’s life.
I am thankful for Dr. Miriam Pereira who let us into her pro-life practice at Tepeyac Family Center to film. Dr. Pereira uses her medical knowledge to share the biological truth of unborn human life through ultrasound technology.
I am thankful that Maria Lancaster adopted and gave birth to her daughter Elisha who had been frozen as an embryo years before. She gave Governor Huckabee a photo of her daughter which he still carries as a reminder that life begins at conception.
I am thankful that Michael Clancy had the opportunity to capture the photograph of baby Samuel reaching out from his mother’s womb to grasp a doctor’s hand during an in utero surgical procedure. That image would influence the world and show the humanity of life in the womb.
I am thankful Lila Rose has exposed the unethical practices of abortion mills like Planned Parenthood. Her undercover films have been critical in uncovering the truth.
I am thankful that we have elected officials who are working to change our laws to restore the right to life for the unborn and build a culture of life, like Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS).
I am thankful for the lives of Kortney Blythe Gordon and her unborn daughter Sophy, although they were cut far too short in a tragic car accident. Kortney dedicated her life to saving the pre-born babies and Sophy put a human face to the unborn.
I am thankful for all the pro-life stories of hope, perseverance, and triumph that we were blessed to be able to show in this film. This Thanksgiving, please say a prayer of thanks for all of them and for the gift of life.