Based on a true story, GIMME SHELTER is the story of a young girl named Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) who, after running away from an abusive home environment, moves in with her wealthy, wall street father (Brendan Frasier). Soon after moving in to her new home, Apple discovers that she is with child. After being given a grim ultimatum by her father, Apple runs away and is almost killed before being saved by a kind priest (James Earl Jones) who gives her chance at the life – and the family – she never knew could be hers.
I had the privilege of watching a screener of GIMME SHELTER this weekend. I can honestly say, this movie is one that will stick with me for a long time.
This movie showed a raw side of teen pregnancy. A side that we don’t want to see. A side we want to sweep under the rug.
I am an unapologetic pro-life person.
It is easy to be pro-life when I am married to a loving man, and we have lovely children whom we can afford to raise.
It is harder to be pro-life when things become “inconvenient”.
Watching this film reconfirmed my commitment to actively reach out and support, with my time, my resources, and my prayers those who find themselves in an inconvenient pregnancy. How can I insure that these women are loved, supported, cared for and successful, both during their pregnancy, and also after that precious baby, known by God, is born?
If you want to be challenged, watch GIMME SHELTER.
This film reminded me about all of the people behind the scenes, who quietly, tirelessly and selflessly advocate for women AND for life.
Gimme Shelter opens in select markets tomorrow, January 24, 2014. Check the GIMME SHELTER website for theater listing and group ticketing options.