Andrew Klavan can tell a story.  He’s penned numerous bestselling books, with several being made into movies.  When Klavan was asked to write the screenplay about the most horrific serial killer in American history, the then pro-choice author realized he had a story that the world needed to know—the pro-abortion side was wrong. 

He took the long road in coming to that realization.  The author of “True Crime” told the Vitae Foundation supporters in St. Louis Thursday night that a debate two decades ago with a Catholic friend, using only logic and science, had caused him to think, “Oh my, I lost that debate.”  Being surrounded in Hollywood by stories that made sense to him, stories that could be solved very easily by abortion, kept him in that camp for the next 20 years.  Then the Gosnell story changed everything. 

“There was one more step I had to take before I could put myself in alignment with what I knew in my heart made sense.  I had to begin to hear the stories that were not being told.  Of course, an unborn child cannot tell its story,” Klavan stated.   

However, he could tell a story about a man and an industry that protected his senseless killing of women and unborn babies in Philadelphia.  The master storyteller painted a picture for the Vitae audience gathered at the St. Louis Marriott West.   

“It’s a true story of an abortion doctor who was arrested after years of murdering children.  For years this psychopath operated under the eyes of the authorities who did not want to do anything to him.  They didn’t want to stop him because they didn’t want his story to interfere with the pro-abortion story,” the bestselling author stated.   

Klavan explained that the police stumbled upon the truth while investigating a drug scandal.  When Gosnell was brought to trial the press box was empty!  The courtroom was empty.   

“This is what got me interested in this story.  The authorities and the press did not want the Gosnell story to get in the way of the pro-abortion story.  They didn’t want anyone to realize that the pro-abortion story, in the end, simply doesn’t make sense,” Klavan noted.   

What does make sense is the work that Vitae is doing to help women avoid the trauma and heartache of abortion.  Vitae President Debbie Stokes said recent efforts combining Vitae’s marketing efforts with the Missouri Knights of Columbus ultrasound initiative, and the life-saving work of the Pregnancy Help Centers, have helped bring Missouri abortion numbers to their lowest level in 37 years. 

Stokes announced that Vitae’s new market director for the St. Louis area is Rachel Blackmore, who shared some exciting results for this market. 

“Since our last event in St. Louis, we have made 3,841 connections in the St. Louis region,” Blackmore stated.  “These critical connections that are made between pregnant women and pregnancy centers are crucial to saving women from the heartache of abortion.  What they gain are relationships that not only save lives but transform families.” 

The number of abortion-determined women being connected with one local St. Louis area center has gone up over the last few years, Blackmore noted.   

“Ginger Smith, the director of operations at Hand ‘N Hand Pregnancy Center said, ‘When women Google when they are looking for an abortion, anywhere around us, we just pop right up.’  The center ‘popping right up’ isn’t a magic trick.  It happens because of Vitae’s digital marketing strategies and messaging expertise that reach abortion-determined women,” Blackmore stated. 

These stories will not be silenced.  With the fight to keep Planned Parenthood operating in St. Louis, even though the Missouri Department of Health has given it numerous citations and its contracted pathology lab, Boyce and Bynum Professional Services, has lost its accreditation with the College of American Pathologists, the media continues to hale the rally cry: “Don’t take away women’s healthcare.”  Leaving women pregnant after an abortion or hemorrhaging is not “healthcare.” 

Klaven noted that everything the other side does is intended to silence our stories.   

“For example, using the term fetus instead of baby to keep your imagination from turning toward what a baby really is; what potential it has or the possibilities that exist inside of it.  NPR has a new style guide that states you can’t use the word baby until it’s born.  The New York Times reported on a Heartbeat bill and described the unborn child’s heartbeat as embryonic pulsing,” Klavan stated.  “That’s how desperate they are to keep the secret of the child’s humanity.”  

Before Klaven sat down to write the Gosnell story, political cartoonist Michael Ramerez sent him a copy of one of his drawings.  It showed Gosnell’s victims wearing striped outfits, in an Auschwitz-like setting, and the caption read, “Never again.”   

“I put a copy of that cartoon above my desk and looked at it often as I wrote.  I had nightmares every night because I felt the burden of all those lives that would never be lived and all those stories that would never be told.  I could tell just a little bit of them,” Klavan shared, choking up with emotion.  “I think that burden is on all of us to tell those storiesto stand up, to speak up despite the social pressure and the dishonest misuse of language.  We must do so despite the whole apparatus of silence that’s been constructed to shroud the tale that each life could tell if it had lived.” 

This is whyKlavan pointed out, Vitae’s work is so important.  “The Vitae Foundation is sending messages into our country and into our culture about the value of human life and the value of unborn children.  The one person in the abortion scenario who has everything to lose, no power, no voice in which to influence the outcome is the unborn child.  Hopefully what you can do is help Vitae send more messages.” 

If you were unable to attend Vitae’s St. Louis event and would like to help Vitae further its mission, please donate today.