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07 / 12 / 2007 - Bella Movie`s Lead Actor Talks More About Baby He Saved From Abortion
Millions of Americans have enjoyed the soft pro-life theme of the movie Bella, that has been one of Hollywood's success stories despite the limited number of theaters showing the film. Now its lead actor Eduardo Verastegui is sharing more details about the baby saved from an abortion as he prepared for his role in the film.
In June 2006, LifeNews.com first reported the heartwarming story Verastegui shared at a private showing of the film.
Bella's producers wanted to keep the story private for fear of making their movie appear to be a polemic political statement on abortion.
In a statement released on Thursday, Verastegui, for the first time, publicly discusses what happened.
Verastegui told LifeNews.com last year that he didn't know much about the issue of abortion when he prepared for his role as Jose.
Not knowing of the animosity abortion businesses have towards pro-life advocates, he decided to go to a local abortion facility to learn more about what really happens inside. What occurred, he says, changed his life forever.
"I decided to go to an abortion center to see if I could learn more about what women think and feel when faced with a crisis pregnancy," he said.
Outside, he met a Hispanic couple considering an abortion and he was able to speak with them in their native Spanish for 45 minutes. He offered them hope, help, encouragement and his phone number.
"Several months later," Eduardo continues, "I received a phone call from the man I met with the pregnant lady in front of the abortion center."
"He said, 'Hello Eduardo - this is Javier, and I have great news. My boy was born yesterday! I want to thank you and ask your permission - I would like to name him, Eduardo,'" the man told him.
"I just put the phone down - I couldn't even talk," Eduardo says.
"It's the most emotional thing I've ever done in my life. It changed my life. It was beautiful. I went to the hospital to meet them and see the baby. A few weeks later, I was holding little Eduardito in my hands. It was beautiful," he added.
The movie has touched lives in the same way and motivated pro-life advocates to strengthen their resolve to end abortion.
California pro-life advocate J.T. Finn encourages pro-life people to continue seeing the movie and taking friends and family to it.
"We need to help this award-winning, pro-adoption movie, 'Bella,' stay in theaters so it can keep saving babies' lives and touching people's minds and hearts," he told LifeNews.com.
"'Bella' is doing extremely well at the box office for the limited number of theaters it's in," says Finn, "but the onslaught of Christmas blockbuster films, some of which open this weekend, threatens to drive it out of theaters."
Related web sites: www.bellathemovie.com