A movie with a message 'October Baby' showing draws crowd in Towanda
TOWANDA - Around 200 people in Towanda spent "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday" watching a movie with a pro-life message.
At the Keystone Theatre, they saw a film, "October Baby," and helped out the Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center in the process.
The suggested donation for admission to the movie was $5, with proceeds benefiting the pregnancy center.
"October Baby" has been said to have a strong pro-life message. Movie website IMDb describes the plot: "A college freshman's world is rocked when she learns she is the adopted survivor of an attempted abortion."
In the movie, the woman then goes on a quest to find her birth mother and "discovers that life can be so much more than what we have planned," a description on the pregnancy center's website notes.
"Sanctity of Human Life Sunday," meanwhile, celebrates the value of human life, and is held around the anniversary date of the Jan. 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
Vikki Coombs of Sayre was one of the people who showed up to see the movie.
Coombs said that her church, Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church, promoted the movie.
The message in the film, she said, "was close to me and it's something we need to stand up for as a countryâ¦"
Denise Moore, the pregnancy center's program director, said the woman in the movie finds her birth mother, and "it's a movie about forgiveness" that "can spark needed conversation." She was manning a table in the theatre lobby with brochures and other information from the pregnancy center.
Before the movie started, Shellie Gerould, director of the pregnancy center, spoke to the audience, who filled nearly every seat in the theater.
The pregnancy center is working to open an ultrasound clinic in the Valley.
Moore said the target opening date is March 18.
"We are close," Gerould told the audience about the hope that the ultrasound center could open then.
Moore said that a zoning issue remains to be resolved, and also training has to be done.
"Statistics say when a woman sees her baby on the ultrasound that there's about a 90 percent chance she will decide to keep the baby," she said, in explaining why the pregnancy center is moving forward with the ultrasound clinic.
She said the proceeds from the donations Sunday will help buy resources for the center, pay bills, and help with education.
Gerould added that anyone seeking information about the upcoming bus trip of the Bradford County Pennsylvanians for Human Life to the March for Life Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. can contact her at (570) 673-4476.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.