On Tuesday night, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards hosted a Red Carpet Premiere at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion for the inspiring adoption short documentary film “I Lived on Parker Avenue.”
I Lived on Parker Avenue is a 30-minute documentary following the journey of David Scotton to meet the birth parents he’s never known. It will be released for online viewing on Thursday evening at 8 PM EST at www.ILivedOnParkerAve.com. I Lived on Parker Avenue also details how David was nearly aborted in Indianapolis before being placed for adoption to parents Jimmy and Susan Scotton in Louisiana.
The premiere of I Lived on Parker Avenue at the Governor’s Mansion is remarkable in itself, but even more extraordinary considering that Governor Edwards is a Democrat. Governor Edwards, the Democratic Governor of Louisiana, proudly supports adoption and is pro-life. The Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper detailed Governor Edwards’ support for the film and how the premiere was his administration’s idea.
He said in the paper, ““This movie will be instructive.”
At the premiere, Governor Edwards and First Lady Edwards shared their personal story about how they were advised by a doctor to consider aborting their daughter when she was diagnosed with spina bifida in the womb. They decided against the abortion, and their daughter, Samantha, is now 26 and healthy. Governor and First Lady Edwards also detailed all the work their administration is doing to advance foster care adoption in Louisiana.
Prior to the film’s beginning, First Lady Edwards, expressing her support for I Lived on Parker Avenue after viewing it privately, passed around boxes of tissues, knowing that she and others would need them.
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Producer of I Lived on Parker Avenue, said “We are grateful that the Governor and First Lady hosted the premiere of I Lived on Parker at their home. This was the first time a film has premiered at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion. Governor Edwards should be congratulated for what his administration is doing to promote adoption and the pro-life cause.”
The premiere featured the subject of the film, David Scotton, along with his parents and grandparents, and many leaders in Louisiana.