October Baby Film Mirrors Actress’s Life

For You From The Word

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

For You To Think About

Shari Rigby

Shari Rigby

The film October Baby (Provident Films, 2011) portrays the story of an abortion survivor’s journey into forgiveness.

But for actress Shari Rigby, who plays the girl’s birth mother, it is the story of her life.

“You can hide a secret a long time. I had an abortion,” says Shari. “It’s something that has been holding me captive for 20 years of my life.” Filmmakers did not know that she had undergone an abortion in real life when they offered her the part.

In one of the film’s most gripping scenes, abortion survivor Rachel leaves a note for her birth mother which simply says, I forgive you.

“As a believer I know have been forgiven,” said Shari. “But to see it written like that … God met me there and gave me the most beautiful gift.” Both Shari’s character – and Shari herself – experienced healing over the course of the film.

October Baby has opened the door for viewers to experience the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. For Shari, the film went even deeper.

“It was my story – a story that I have finally been able to share with other people,” says Shari. “I have been ransomed.”

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,
Move in hearts of abortion-minded women and men to choose life.
Let them know every life is precious to You – and You will give them the strength they need to move forward.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

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