David Scotton spoke to the nearly 2,000 attending the Ignite pro-life youth rally Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Topeka Performing Arts Center about his adoption after his mother chose life rather than abortion. Scotton is the subject of a documentary that was shown before he spoke. (Advance photo)

Melissa Coles was on an abortionist’s operating table when she decided she couldn’t go through with it.
The unwed mother instead decided to give her son, David, up for adoption and after their parting never thought she would see him again.
His adoptive parents, who had lost two children to a genetic defect, were at the hospital soon after the birth. They were always open about the adoption and David says he always knew he was adopted.
But he began thinking about his biological mother as a teenager at Jesuit High School in New Orleans and when Louisiana Right to Life sponsored a pro-life oratory contest David shared his story at a school Mass.
His testimony segued into “I Lived on Park Avenue,” a short pro-life documentary about the emotional meeting of David and his mother and her sharing her reasons for choosing life. He also discovers he has a full-blood sister and later meets his father.
The documentary was shown to nearly 2,000 Kansas Catholic youth and chaperons Tuesday, Jan. 22, during the Ignite youth pro-life rally in the Topeka Performing Arts Center. When the house lights were brought back up, David walked on stage to talk to a nearly-full house.
When his birth mother was on the abortionist’s table, David told the teens from throughout Kansas, she remembered what a pro-life woman yelled at her as she entered the clinic: “Your baby has ten fingers and ten toes.”
Minutes later, after the abortionist had gloved-up for the abortion, his biological mother realized her baby was real, David said, “that her baby was special and that her baby was meant for someone special.”
After sharing his feelings about being adopted and trying to fit in at an all-boys high school, he explained how he was able to contact his birth-mother and, in a modern twist, learn about her through Facebook.
David told those at the rally that adoption was a positive option to an unplanned pregnancy. “It gave my parents their only child. It gave my grandparents their only grandchild. And it gave me life.”
Meeting his birth-mother and thanking her for choosing adoption was hard to put into words, he said. “And meeting my biological sister was one of the best experiences of my life.”
He said if his mother had not chosen adoption he would simply “be a number – one of the statistics.”He is now married and a third-year law student who regularly speaks about adoption.
The Wichita Adore Ministry band played and led the singing during the rally and Mass concelebrated by the four bishops of Kansas and several priests of the dioceses.
In the homily, Bishop John B. Brungardt of the Diocese of Dodge City talked about the challenges he has had for several years as the result of a brain tumor, and then addressed a variety of ways the faithful can have an impact in the pro-life arena, because “Jesus touches hearts,” a phrase he repeated.
He asked those attending to look into the future and consider their lives as a priest, a religious sister, and as married men and women.
Bishop Brungardt also raised the future possibility of them attending the last pro-life rally in Topeka “celebrating the end to legalized abortion.”
“Let us trust in Jesus as he touches our hearts,” he said. “He loves us so much.”
After the Mass many of those at the Mass marched through the bitter winter weather to the state Capitol – and a single security point – to a rally in the Capitol’s rotunda.

Bishop Carl A. Kemme concelebrates Mass in Topeka Tuesday, Jan. 22, during a pro-life rally. (Advance photos)
Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, hands a microphone to Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann during a pro-life rally Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22, in the rotunda of the Kansas State Capitol. He and the other three Kansas bishops celebrated a Mass that morning at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
The Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, bishop of the Diocese of Dodge City delivers his homily in the Performing Arts Center. (Advance photo)