An amazing new pro-life video called “Stolen Moments” gives a face to “the lives ended by abortion” according to producer Jason Vaughn.
“I wanted something different that made people think of those aborted as not just blobs of tissue or distorted faces on a sonogram. These were people that had a life and future taken from them and from the world,” said writer Andrew Koch.
Koch had written the original script as a young teenager and after working with Vaughn at the “Let Texas Speak” rally during the abortion bill debate in the summer of 2013 he passed it on Vaughn.
“We spent a few months going back and forth getting it right. I kept cutting off as many words as possible to get it under a minute, but Andrew’s vision lead the way for it,” Vaughn said.
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After finally getting the script done the pair went to launch on crowd-funding site Kickstarter, but were rejected. Since they seemed to have followed the sites rules and the site had abortion advocacy films they couldn’t figure out the problem.
The rejection came came days after a film on convicted serial-killer/abortionist Kermit Gosnell was also rejected though several abortion advocacy were funded on Kickstarter. Both the Gosnell Movie and Stolen Moments gained national attention for the seeming discrepancies in Kickstarter policies. The projects moved to Indiegogo and were fully funded.
Kickstarter Founder, Yancey Silver, did reach out and apologize to the Stolen Moments crew and even gave a small donation to back another creative project the producer funded on Kickstarter.
“We were thrilled to work with Indiegogo to raise the funds needed to start our campaign. Crowd-funding has been huge to help creative messages on both sides of the spectrum to get out and promote open and free speech. It allowed a bunch of people with $25 donations get involved as much as those with several thousands. Every donation mattered to getting this series off the ground,” said Vaughn.
“It’s such a short project, but we wanted to get this first one right so we didn’t rush. Also, Andrew and I were both every involved in different elections and dedicated much of our time to that until November,” Vaughn said.
The video goes through five different characters telling about the lives they might have had and ends with one little girl asking the audience to “fight for me” as she fades away.
While this first commercial has a serious tone Vaughn said he hopes that future shorts will be lighter and even funny.
“It’s a serious topic, but we want to take some risks and see if we can get people to think about those humorous moments we’ve missed out on with one third of my generation due to abortion. If we can’t get to funny, maybe we can create that bittersweet memory that resonates,” Vaughn said.