A Pro-Life Movie Review

I don’t usually do movie reviews. In fact, I’ve never done one before and I don’t expect to be doing many more, but I watched a movie last week that I just can’t get out of my mind.

I got pregnant when I was 15 and became a mommy for the first time a few months after I turned 16. I knew right away that I would keep my baby. I actually didn’t even put much thought into the future and what having a baby would mean-one of the benefits/downfalls of being young and stupid. My boyfriend wanted to keep the baby as well, although his dad was ready to take me to the clinic and pay for an abortion, and I know there were many people in our lives that thought that would be the best option. Luckily my mom was adamant that abortion was evil and didn’t even consider it as an option, although she wasn’t thrilled that I was going to have a baby at such a young age.

I know of at least 3 other girls that got pregnant in high school around the same time, and they all had abortions. It wasn’t ever talked about and just kind of swept under the rug, and I wonder if that is what they wanted or if they felt they didn’t have a choice. I wonder if they regret their decision now that they are adults with families of their own. No matter what anyone tries to make you believe, there is fall-out after abortion. Women are left with deep psychological scars for the rest of their lives, and sometimes permanent physical damage as well. Abortion isn’t a magic button that you can push to erase the past.

Pro-Life Movie Review

I think my past with teen pregnancy is the reason this movie resonated with me like it did. In this movie, titled “Gimme Shelter,” a young girl from an abusive background discovers she is pregnant as she is trying to escape her past. It is based on a true story. The movie begins by showing her running away from her abusive mother and trying to reconnect with her father, who has never been in her life. While at her father’s house just a few days, she discovers she is pregnant and is pressured into having an abortion by her father and his wife. At the clinic they give her a printout of her ultrasound pictures, and you can tell that when she see’s the pictures, she wants to be a mom to her baby. Still, she is pressured to go through with it, but ends up running away from the clinic right before the doctor comes in.

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She lives on the streets, breaking into cars to keep warm at night and eating out of garbage cans. She ends up stealing a car to escape from a street thug, probably a pimp, and crashes it. This lands her in the hospital where a priest encourages her to go live in a shelter for pregnant teen girls. Through all this there are a few abusive scenes between her and her mother, who wants her back so she can continue to collect welfare money for her. There are also a few instances of strong language, so keep that in mind if you are considering watching it, although it is only a couple times.

This movie shows that a girl can become a mother and can change her circumstances for the better if she really wants to. By all “logical” accounts, she should have had an abortion. She was too young, there was no father in the picture, she was from an abusive background, and she was homeless. But because of the love she had for her baby, she did what it took to make her life better. I think there should be more movies like this, instead of what we usually see. Contrast this to another movie I watched recently, where a college bound athlete got a girl pregnant and when she ended up having an abortion, they portrayed it as better for everyone. It’s not. And I don’t mean more shows like “16 and pregnant” that sensationalize teen pregnancy, but shows that let pregnant girls know there is hope. It is never an ideal situation to be pregnant so young, but it does happen and when it does, girls need to know that they have options and they can succeed.

Have you seen “Gimme Shelter”? What did you think? Share your reaction in the comments.

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  • http://wastelandtograceland.com/ Amy Jung

    I’m so glad that you went through with your pregnancy and that you had the right support system. I agree with you–that we need more voices and stories like this in our world! Thanks for reviewing and bringing it to our attention. I love the name of your blog!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you so much!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I praise God you chose life for your baby. And Ironically, and no kidding, I just watched that movie on Netflix on Thursday night. It was so good. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Wow that’s funny! Glad you liked it as well.

  • pinntell

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! I am going to watch the movie this week. Thanking God that you chose life and that you had your precious baby <3

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Let me know how you like it!

  • http://www.morningmotivatedmom.com MorningMotivatedMom

    I just wanted to say thanks for giving your child life and for sharing this message!

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting :-)

  • http://angiesangle.com Angie Agerter

    This sounds great and what an amazing message. My sister got pregnant at your age as well, she kept the baby no matter the what if or what will happens.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you. I bet your sister would like the movie :-)

  • Terri Presser

    Thank you for sharing this movie review with us at Good Morning Mondays. My biological mother was 14 when she became pregnant with me and I am thankful that she went ahead and gave birth to me and then adopted me out. She met the man she married at 15 and I can’t quite remember what age she was when she married him, but I am glad that she adopted me out. I had a safe and secure environment to grow up in, (although it wasn’t perfect and neither are we as parents)and I was brought up in a Christian home. Had my mother kept me my life would have been so different as they aren’t christian and I may never had met my husband. I am so thankful that abortion wasn’t an option for them and it should never be an option. Even if you can’t keep the baby yourself there are plenty of families suffering from infertility that have aching arms to hold a baby they can call their own. Thank you for sharing your own story with us and I am so glad that your mum stood up for you and supported you to keep your baby. What a blessing you are to me and I am sure others.

    • https://rahabtoriches.com/ Miranda Gonzalez

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are so right, there are many families out there willing to adopt babies. There is no shame in placing a baby in a good, loving home if you are unable to raise it. It is such a better option than abortion. I’m so glad your mom made that choice and that you were raised in a Christian home.

  • Jennifer Schon

    Sounds like a movie that should have wide distribution. Thank you for sharing your story and this review.

  • Erin

    Sounds like a good movie. I’ll have to check our local library. God can use ALL things for good. Thank you for encouraging others!

  • http://www.thedeliberatemom.com/ Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I’ve never seen this but it sounds great.

    Thanks for sharing, inspiring, encouraging, and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  • Becky

    Great post, Mirand and thanks for the tip on the movie. I had not heard about it so I will definitely be checking it out. Becky