(CNS) -- David Scotton knew he had been adopted, but he didn't really know the
circumstances behind it until his birth mother made contact with him.
didn't ask about it for a solid 16-17 years. But when my birth mother reached
out to me, it set everything in motion," Scotton said.
"She had to do it through
the law firm because of the semi-open adoption. The law firm had to ask me if I
was even interested," he recalled. "Once I said yes, that's when things started
sat down and got my thoughts together, I thought there might be some positivity
in it ... so I said sure. I sat down and wrote the letter, sent it to the law
firm and they sent it to the birth mother, Melissa. Two weeks later I got a
friend request from Melissa on Facebook. She threw a lot at me about the last
16, 17 years," said Scotton, now 24 and a law student at Louisiana State
kicker: Melissa was inside an abortion clinic when she changed her mind and
decided to go through with her pregnancy and give up the unborn child for
has talked to groups before, but his story goes nationwide and worldwide
the release March 8 of an internet-only documentary, "I Lived on Parker
Avenue." It will be available for viewing at
half-hour feature shows the emotional reunion between Scotton and each of his
birth parents. His adoptive parents are with him every step of the way, even
trailing in a car as their son takes a train to Columbus, Indiana, to meet up
with the folks who gave him away.
definitely not my idea" to have the cameras rolling, Scotton told Catholic News
Service in a Feb. 28 telephone interview from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he
was on a break between classes. "I in no way saw this coming."
an Episcopalian, Scotton went to Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he
was a member of the school's pro-life club. "When I shared this story,
Louisiana Right to Life director Ben Clapper immediately seized on it," he
said. "We developed a relationship at his events, and we developed a friendship
and the story developed. I was sharing the abortion part and we stared sharing
the adoption part. When he found out I was planning to meet them, he said to
me, 'David, how would it feel if I recorded it?'"
added, "That was not something I felt easy about. I prayed about it for ... six
months, maybe. I wanted to make sure I was doing it for the right reasons.
Adoption is the reason I was given life." If filming his story convinced one
woman to go the adoption route, if this story can at least impact one person if
it wasn't for adoption, then I should let this be filmed. It was my way to give
back. It was one of the best decisions I've made. By
got to meet not only his birth mother, but Brian, his birth father. After David
was adopted, Melissa and Brian got married and they had a daughter, who is
Scotton's full sister.
was in 2013. Since then, "the last five years have taken a toll on me," Scotton told CNS.
put everything into this film that I could. I have traveled around Louisiana, I
have traveled around the Southeast, I have traveled around the country. Film
festivals, a Christian festival in Tennessee. A festival in D.C. We were on Fox
News," he said. "In the middle of law school I am traveling as much as I
can. To see it all come together and all come to fruition it is exciting and
nerve-wracking as well."
his adoptive parents, "they're excited as well to see what happens with the
film and to see how many people we can impact," Scotton said, adding Melissa
joined him on the Fox News Channel segment.
are "a little different" for Brian, though, according to Scotton. He's been
reticent about revealing his past. "His wife knows, and his kid knows, but his
family in Indiana actually doesn't know I exist," he said, and Brian is
counting on using the film to speak for him.
his talks, "I can't say a lady has come up to me and tells me, 'I'm choosing adoption,'"
Scotton said. But I have had people come up to me and say, 'I'm thinking of adoption
in a whole different way.'"
did recount one time when a girl told him: "I was sexually assaulted and I didn't
know if I was pregnant. I like to think I would have done what your birth mother
had done and choose adoption" over parental pressures to get an abortion.