Sarah Collins is a young woman on the elevator of success, a junior account executive at a major advertising agency, poised to attain her dream of an executive corner office. There’s only one thing that’s going to keep her from getting it, an unexpected pregnancy.
Sarah is now faced with a moral and career ending choice. She is torn between her friends and co-workers insisting it is her body and her right to not keep the baby and the life that is growing inside of her. In the midst of her turmoil a mysterious stranger foretells the coming of three nocturnal visions that will challenge her heart.
Ever since 1973 when the United States Supreme Court struck down state laws that ban abortion, the moral controversy surrounding the issue is far from resolved. If it is legally true that a woman can make her own private decision regarding her reproductive health, Sarah’s Choice is a film that offers compelling moral reason to choose life.
This story focuses on a young woman named Sarah who is up for a promotion. She has an immature boyfriend named Matt who is managing to hold down a job by working for his uncle. Sarah’s life seems organized and planned until she learns she is going to have Matt’s baby. Matt is stunned and Sarah considers having an abortion, something her God-fearing mother and sister are set against. They both offer to help and Sarah’s sister promises to adopt the child if Sarah doesn’t want it. But Sarah decides this is something she must think over for a time on her own. When she meets a woman in an elevator who tells her she will have three visions, her life changes further.
Sarah begins seeing visions of her unborn child. She phones an abortion clinic but can’t bring herself to make an appointment. In the meantime, Matt is struggling with growing up and his feelings for Sarah. Sarah had previously attended church in order to please her mother and Matt had went along to look for possible business prospects. But now Sarah seeks the counsel of the pastor (played wonderfully by Dick Van Patten). She begins to see things with a different perspective.
This film strikingly displays real-life moments in a realistic way including the times we are forced to make difficult choices. From a family perspective, Sarah makes the right decision. Although we won’t give the details away, she realizes in the end that life is a precious gift. We want to note that there is a scene in which Sarah, frustrated, asks her mother if it is a sin for an unmarried woman to be pregnant? Her mother replies no. The question and answer seem to reflect the fact that an unwed mother doesn’t necessarily continue in sin if she chooses to remain single. But Sarah’s mother also tells her that one sin (abortion) does not negate another (conceiving a child out of wedlock).
This film promotes turning to God for answers and there is a church service and prayer offered up in Jesus’ name. It is recommended for ages twelve and above and we also encourage parents to watch the film with their older children. In one nice scene women who previously had abortions send messages via balloons upward to their unborn children and they attempt to forgive themselves for the past. We gladly award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. Making “Sarah’s Choice” your choice to view is a good choice!