Last Friday, a pro-choice documentary, “Trapped”, was released in selected theaters and kicked off a community screening tour.
The documentary highlights Wendy Davis’ famous pink shoes, which the former Texas lawmaker wore in her unsuccessful 2013 filibuster to fight Texas’ HB 2, which is currently under review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The film’s aim is to draw attention to Big Abortion’s fight for “abortion rights,” and the “lack of access” to abortion in certain parts of the U.S.
But “Trapped” isn’t the only movie bearing the same name.
Co-produced by Women’s Pregnancy Center in Ocala, Fla., “Trapped” is also the title of a short film that tells the story of one teenager, Laura, through her own eyes as she wrestles with an unexpected pregnancy, and it’s being made available to pregnancy resource and medical centers.
Awarded Best Short Film by International Christian Visual Media, this emotional, 15-minute film has already proven a strong fundraising piece and education tool. In fact, Women’s Pregnancy Center used the film in place of a banquet speaker and raised over $200,000.
“I feel so trapped,” Laura tells her parents in the video. “Maybe I should just get an abortion. And this will all be over with. And life will be normal again.”
Her words sound familiar to those working every day in pregnancy help.
“I’ve ruined my life. I can’t have a baby. I can’t be a parent.”
It soon becomes clear that Laura’s mother had an abortion when she was young. She asks Laura to go to Women’s Pregnancy Center because they might be able to help. She doesn’t want her daughter to make the same mistake she did. Asking her boyfriend to come as well, Laura makes an appointment and speaks with a counselor.
“Abortion. Adoption. Parenting. None of them sound good. I just want it to go away. To go back to my life, the way things were,” Laura says as the video progresses.
Laura’s appointment is completed with an ultrasound that convinces her to choose life for her child.
The beauty in the film is its depiction of reality. Laura’s inner monologue is slow, uncertain, and hesitant. Even though the story is told in only 15 minutes, it is never rushed. The end of the film says it all.
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“I never thought it would happen to me. I never thought this would be my life. But now I look back and I think about the days I thought abortion would be an easy way out. Turns out, that is a lie. There is no easy way out. Truth is, it’s hard. Really, really hard. But I made the right choice. And he’s here, and I never knew I could love anyone so much. I can’t imagine my life without him. And I never want to. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”