Fair warning: Get the tissues ready, because you’ll be crying for nearly the entire 30 minutes of I lived on Parker Avenue, a new and incredibly powerful short documentary that chronicles one young man’s unlikely adoption story.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy at age 18, Melissa Coles and Brian Nichols were scared. The Indiana couple felt they were too young to take care of a child, and they didn’t want the child to be “punished” for their mistake, according to Nichols. So, they made a trip to a local abortion clinic in Indianapolis. Once there, however, they encountered a group of protesters, who forced them to seriously consider the decision they were about to make.
In a recent interview with Fox News, and in the documentary, Coles revealed the exact words that changed her mind. As she was “on the table,” about to have the procedure, she recalled a protestor’s words and says she was unable to shake them as the doctor readied for the abortion: “Your child’s got 10 fingers and 10 toes.”
Coles recalls being “seconds away” from aborting her unborn child and thinking, “I can’t do this.” She ran out of the clinic.
She also noted that they only cared for her on the way in, and that the abortionists became indifferent and irritated that she was leaving, instead of supporting her ‘choice.’
As she walked into the abortion clinic, she heard someone say, "Your child has ten fingers and ten toes." Years later, her son went on a mission to find her and thank her for choosing life.
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Her son, 19-year-old David Scotton, was adopted by a loving family. His idea to film a documentary came from a place of pure gratitude toward his birth parents, Brian and Melissa.
“The most important thing I can do in my entire lifetime, is thank them for their decision,” Scotton says.
“I Lived on Parker Avenue is a short documentary about a mother’s agony in choosing what’s best, the joy of a couple starting a family, and young man’s search for where his life began,” a description on the film’s website reads.
It follows David as he makes the journey to meet his birth mother, and find out why she made the choices she made. The reunion is a very powerful moment, and things get really touching when Melissa takes him back to the abortion clinic where she nearly made a fatal decision. Melissa obviously still carries a lot of guilt, but she is definitely a hero for making the bold decision to leave the facility instead of going through with the procedure.
Powerful, powerful stuff.
Watch the entire documentary below: