Jason Scott Jones has been on a mission since he was 17. He’s worked in politics, produced an award-winning pro-life movie and started a human rights organization. What drives Jones? Abortion, and how it affected him at 17.
The day Jones found out his high school girlfriend was pregnant, together, they formulated a plan to keep the baby they had created. They were eager to be parents. Jones joined the Army and contemplated his future, until the day one phone call changed everything.
“All she could say was, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. It wasn’t me.’ I didn’t understand. Then her dad took the phone and told me, ‘Your secret is gone. We got rid of it,‘” Jones told those gathered at the Vitae Foundation Southern Illinois Pro-Life Event in Fairview Heights last Thursday night.
Jones shared he had no idea that killing a child in the womb was legal. It was a forced third-trimester abortion. The abortionist told Jones’ girlfriend afterwards, “By the way, you had a little girl.”
The moral ground that Jones stood on shifted. Wanting to end abortion, but not knowing how to do it at age 17, he received some advice from one of his superiors in the Army. He was told to make a 40-year plan. That made more sense than going door–to–door, which is exactly what Jones was doing back then!
After being stationed in Hawaii, Jones made the Aloha State his home and went to work on his plan. He worked in politics, became the director of Hawaii Right to Life, a film producer, author and founder of the Human Rights Education Organization.
“I wake up every day thinking about protecting women and children from the violence of abortion. It’s the same thing when I go to bed,” Jones explained.
Making the pro-life movie “Bella” was an important way for Jones to spread his message of life around the world. To date, he has heard from 1,000 women who have said they made the decision to have their babies because of his movie. He was able to screen his acclaimed pro-life short film “Cresendo” at the United Nations.
At a time when he wasn’t sure God even existed, he asked for rich, famous and powerful people to be put in his path to help with his fight for life. After his United Nations screening, he heard a voice say, “Hey smart guy, what do you need now?”
“God has given us what we need to transform a Culture of Death into a Culture of Life,” the father of seven stated. “It begins here supporting this pioneering organization, the Vitae Foundation. They meet women in the most vulnerable moment in their lives.”
Vitae’s Market Director Zip Rzeppa shared how Vitae is using digital media strategies to help women find life-affirming Pregnancy Help Centers when they are on the verge of an abortion decision.
“Vitae is right there as Planned Parenthood’s worst enemy, working to make abortion unthinkable,” Rzeppa noted. “How? Our seven Right Brain research studies help us understand and address the deep, emotional and psychological aspects of the abortion-determined woman. Then, we craft the messages that speak to her, right there in her world, whether she’s on her phone, her tablet or her computer.”
Rzeppa informed the audience that in neighboring Missouri, there were more than 21,000 abortions performed in 1980. In 2015, the last year in which we have complete stats, the number of abortions in Missouri was down to 7,464.
“From 21,000 to 7,000, that’s a dramatic decline—and the Vitae Foundation has played an important role—not only in Missouri—but around the country,” Rzeppa stated.
Jones applauded those in the audience who recognize that abortion is the greatest crime in this society, yet haven’t been personally affected by it.
“Thank you for that,” Jones stated.
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