The short documentary about David Scotton, who was adopted at birth after his teenage mother nearly aborted him, is being made into a feature film.
“We’ve been so blessed by this great Louisiana adoption story and can’t wait to share ‘Lifemark’ with the world,” executive producer Stephen Kendrick said in a press release.
Kendrick Brothers, Kirk Cameron Entertainment and Fathom Events have announced the release of their new film, “Lifemark”, based on the 2018 Louisiana Right to Life documentary “I Lived on Parker Avenue.” The feature is set to hit theaters nationwide on September 9.
Scotton’s 19-year-old birth mother, in 1993, had taken the drug at an Indianapolis abortion clinic, her feet were in stirrups, the doctor’s gloves were on, and he went to get the devices. She said to the doctor, “I can’t do this.
The baby was born and adopted by the Scotton family of Metairie.
Scotton went public with her story in 2011 during the Louisiana Pro-Life Oratory Contest at Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Around the same time, her birth mother asked which Indiana adoption law firm was handling her situation. Eventually, Scotton and his biological mother met.
Louisiana Right to Life sponsored a 2018 documentary that cost about $67,000 to produce. At the invitation of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, “I Live on Parker Avenue” premiered at the Governor’s Mansion. The New Orleans-based Louisiana Right to Life group is responsible for many of the state’s anti-abortion laws. The group also promotes adoption as an alternative to abortion.
Now a lawyer in New Orleans, Scotton testified in May against legislation that would allow adoptees age 24 and older to obtain a copy of their birth certificate from the state registry without have to go to court. He said the measure is disrespectful to birth mothers who have chosen adoption.
Louisiana Right to Life opposed House Bill 450, saying the state must honor its promises of anonymity made years ago to birth mothers when they gave up their children for adoption. A majority of lawmakers disagreed, and the measure awaits the governor’s decision.
Leading the cast of “Lifemark” is Kirk Cameron, an evangelical Christian minister who, as an actor, is perhaps best known for his role as rebellious son Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom “Growing Pains.” aired between 1985 and 1992. Other cast members include Alex Kendrick, Rebecca Rogers, Dawn Long, Raphael Ruggero, Justin Sterner and Marisa Hampton.