Rated “PG-13”

Resources for Young Teens

Stories of abortion survivors, both the children and the mothers; more advanced science; more related topics and motivation to do something about it.

October Baby

• Principle: Life is Beautiful; Abortion is traumatic but survivable and healable

• Format: Silver screen quality Romantic drama based on reality (109 minutes)

• Recommended use: Enjoy watching with your teenagers and invite their friends (every October!); watch Melissa Ohden’s testimony afterwards.

• Watch movie trailer and buy DVD www.octoberbabymovie.net/

Unplanned

• Principle: Abortion is ugly. Conversion and forgiveness is available.

• Format: Silver Screen quality autobiographical drama based on inspiring true story (110 minutes)

• Recommended Use: Watch with your teenagers especially during the “respect life month” of October. Follow-up with 5 minute moving interview with main actress, Ashley Bratcher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnpHHJTRgpQ. And pray the Rosary with pro-life intentions by Defend Life (pg. 20 of the Guide).

• Watch trailer https://www.unplannedfilm.com/ and see several purchase/rental/streaming options.

• Buy DVD or Blu-ray: bit.ly/Unplanned_Movie

Warning: Rated R for some disturbing, bloody images, although no profanity, drug abuse, nudity, or sex. Brace yourself for a sonogram viewing of a 13-week abortion. But know that “to create the abortion, the filmmakers, Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon of God’s Not Dead, took actual ultrasound footage of a 13-week-old baby boy, like the one Abby witnessed. Then, using CGI technology, they created the abortion. It is powerful--and something the viewer needs to see and will never forget.” (40 Days for Life)

Testimony of Melissa Ohden

• Principle: Babies born alive from botched abortions have a right to life; elections have consequences

• Format: Recording of a testimony before Congress of an Abortion survivor (6 minutes)

• Recommended Use: Show to Teens before the March for Life, elections, or when discussing political pro-life issues; watch in conjunction with October Baby.

• Watch the testimony www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5uhZg4EwJg

• See Melissa Ohden’s website: https://melissaohden.com

A Basic Guide to When a Human Being Begins and the Science Behind the Facts

By Contend Project

www.contendprojects.org/

• Principle: Decisions about sexual reproduction are serious and have serious consequences; Informed decisions are better

• Format: Magazine-sized textbook sharing essential scientific facts about human embryonic development in an accessible manner (30 pages)

• Recommended Use: Read with adolescents before they socialize with peers who might get pregnant after completing sex-ed and theology of the body.

• Recommended Re-Use: Review again at around age 15 or during high school biology.

• Buy Softcover book or ebook at www.contendprojects.org/the-science/the-science-guide/

• Learn more about the project at their website.

Defend Life 2016 Lecture Series

By Barry Sullivan

• Principle: Bad things happen when good people do nothing – Do something about the pro-life issue!

• Format: Video recording of a live talk to youth at a “Face the Truth” pro-life youth gathering by a motivational speaker (45 minutes)

• Recommended Use: Watch with your adolescent as they reach Confirmation age and are preparing to become soldiers of Christ.

• Watch Sullivan’s talk at https://vimeo.com/177056549

“You Can’t Love Another Person Apart from Truth”

By Fr. Paul Scalia

• Principle: Love has to be rooted in Truth about the human person and marriage

• Format: Video recording of Fr. Scalia, Chaplain of Courage International, speaking to high school boys on Same Sex Attraction (63 minutes)

• Recommended Use: Watch with your ~12 year old after Sex Ed and Theology of the Body or before your child socializes with someone struggling with same sex attraction.

• Watch video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUXqgpbua9k&feature=youtu.be

“You Can’t Love Another Person Apart from Truth”

By Fr. Paul Scalia

• Principle: Love has to be rooted in Truth about the human person and marriage

• Format: Video recording of Fr. Scalia, Chaplain of Courage International, speaking to high school boys on Same Sex Attraction (63 minutes)

• Recommended Use: Watch with your ~12 year old after Sex Ed and Theology of the Body or before your child socializes with someone struggling with same sex attraction.

• Watch video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUXqgpbua9k&feature=youtu.be


Contraception: Why Not?

By Prof. Janet Smith

• Principle: Sexual Common Sense regarding overpopulation myth, STDs, physical and social consequences of artificial contraception, and NFP.

• Format: Transcript of a lecture given by Prof. Janet Smith (17 pages)

• Recommended: Print out transcript and read alone and have teen read and then discuss together afterwards.

• View and Print transcript www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/contraception/contraception-why-not-revised.html

When They Say, You Say

By Olivia Gans Turner of American Victims of Abortion

• Principle: Words and body language matter

• Format: Half hour episodes of an EWTN 5 part program in which Pro-life leader who had an abortion speaks to the viewing audience on how to communicate effectively regarding abortion

• Recommended Use: Watch at least Episode 1 with your teen and invite friends over.

• Watch video When They Say, You Say (Key Pro-Life Arguments) by Olivia Gans-Turner (2015) - YouTube

• Order DVD set from EWTN

https://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/when-they-say-you-say-dvd/p/HV00WTSD

Students for Life of America

• Principle: Every conversation matters, building a culture of life takes collaboration and support from peers and experts

• Format: Online portal for training, tools and collaboration.

• Recommended Use: Sign up for free membership in Students for Life HQ for online training and networking.

• Learn more about SFLA https://studentsforlife.org/

How to Pray the Pro-Life Rosary

• Principle: Beautifully worded intercessory prayers specific to abortion to precede any decade of the Rosary

• Format: One paragraph praise and petition to Jesus and Mary

• Recommended Use: Use during Family Rosary, especially in October and during the 40 Days for Life.

• View and print pdf:

http://www.defendlife.org/Rosarypg1.pdf

http://www.defendlife.org/Rosarypg2.pdf

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