Shari Rigby

People are in a constant struggle of desiring forgiveness; for themselves, for others, and questioning if another’s actions against themselves can be forgiven. The Bible tells us to forgive and to love each other as Christ loved us.

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

Forgiveness can be a continual craving for women who have had abortions, as the child they aborted is not the only victim to their decisions. In the United States, 1.21 million abortions are performed annually.

3,315 each day.

19 out of every 1000 women will have an abortion. Today.

In the time it takes you to watch this video, two women will have had abortions.

(More facts on abortion can be found here.)

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:13-16

We know that abortion exists, yet we rarely hear the stories of the women and girls who go through an abortion. As with many issues facing women, we try to keep it a secret. Becoming pregnant when it’s not on our terms is shameful to a woman, especially when it is due to rape, incest or other non-consensual sexual relations. We live in a society where the pro-life and pro-choice advocates are sharply divided, and where you never hear of a woman being congratulated or encouraged for having an abortion. More often than not, you hear of people judging her for being irresponsible, or for questioning how she could do such a thing.

GOD forgives us.

GOD loves us.

The movie October Baby tells the story of a girl who survived an attempted abortion. She meets her birth mother played by Shari Rigby.

When Shari accepted her role in the movie, she had no idea how art would imitate life in a personal and profound way.

Shari shares her Ransom Note with us.

October Baby will be in theaters on Friday, March 23rd. Click here to find a theater near you. And make sure to watch the trailer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Myla-Onellion/100001821428891 Myla Onellion

    This is really a good movie and it really touch me and lot of tears in my eyes. i will share this movie trailer to my facebook and call my friends and relatives to watch this movie. Im hoping and Praying for those who are planning to get an abortion that they have to stop and fear in God. The fifth commandment of God tell us “You shall not kill”

  • beachbird

    Thank you Sheri, for sharing your story! The movie is an amazing picture of healing, forgiveness, grace and redemption. I hope people will get out this weekend and see this wonderful film!

  • Debcatholic

    Wow-this is great!

  • Candace

    Can’t wait to see this movie. I too waited for many years before I could share my past and am writing a book about the three abortions I had in my first marriage, when I was away from God and in an abusive marriage. God delivered me out of mental illness and healed me of Crohn’s disease that were the results of the abortions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cherylann.crichfield Cherylann Crichfield

      Dearesst Candace, I have Crohns dx and have had it since i was a child. It is NOT what the abortions caused!. What they caused is our guilt and shame and never ending loss of our chilldren. I lost my only son at the age of 24 3 years ago. He was at risk for Chrons Dx. It is a auto immune disorder as best they can tell that has familial tendencies. I pray for you as I too made the mistake of having an abortion. I am in remission from the Crohns and pray for the day God decides that healing it would be the best testimony . As of now I have not been out of bed for 6 years. I sat up and put my feet on the floor last week for the first time in all those years. If a Dr.. has told you your Crohns was caused by your abortions, it is Satan using that Dr. to hold you hostage to the guilt. Crohns is genetic and in no way can you acquire it from a procedure or catch it from somone else. Like having multiple sclerosis, you did not get it or catch it nor can you give it to another. Please know that you are not to blame for your Crohns and let your book be a healing for you as well as those of us who have made the horrible mistake of abortion. God bless and I cannot wait to read. I will be looking for it. Your sister in Christ, Chery lcrichfield (facebook) if you would like to talk as I would LOVE TO!!!!!

  • Cindy

    Shari,
    I’m glad that you have finally broke the chains of shame that satan uses to hold us captive. I kept my abortion hidden for 23 years. This movie touched me so deeply and I too received the message of forgiveness from this movie. I had no idea that the post abortion survivor was named Cindy before I saw this movie, and that made it even more personal for me. Thank you for the movie and for the courage to speak out. God bless you!
    Cindy

  • Drexel

    awesome movie – your comments at the end were really powerful. The viewers cried and clapped at the end of the movie. God is using you!