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I Stand for Life

I Stand for Life

  • Elizabeth Riley
  • 02/16/2017

I know many strong women.  These women contribute and create at home and in their communities.  I admire these women for unique reasons.  Each is different from one another.  In her own way, each improves the world and leads others to goodness.  The more closely I know these women's stories, the more heroic they are to me.  They overcome.  They face hard things and don't allow difficulty to keep them down.  Their strength of character is their true defining attribute.  They choose life. My sister, Sarah Jane Jennings, is among these strong, special women.  Six years ago she became pregnant with triplets.  She and her husband had recently relocated to Northern California for her husband to attend dental school.  Anticipating that she would need help taking care of herself during the high-risk pregnancy, she returned to live with her mother-in-law in Utah while her husband continued with school in California.  Every action she took was to care for the new life within her.  But at 23 weeks and 4 days (within the abortion limit in about half of the states), she went into labor and delivered her three babies:  Dalton James Jennings (1.5 pounds), Samuel Hunter Jennings (1.9 pounds), and Drew Oliver Jennings (1.1 pounds).  I was present during the emergency cesarean while her husband flew from California to Utah as quickly as possible.  As I sat by Sarah’s head as she gave birth—praying with her--all I could think about was her strength and the strength of so many women who give so much through their pure love and compassion.

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The Boy Who Lived

The Boy Who Lived

  • Nadine Shelley with Garrett Shelley
  • 11/18/2016

My last pregnancy with my son Brayden took a horrible turn when I hit 17 weeks. We went in for a gender ultrasound only to find out there was little to no amniotic fluid surrounding him. There was nothing doctors could do for us then, because Brayden had not reached a viable age. I was told to try and stay pregnant until I was 23 weeks, because that was the only thing to do. At 22 weeks and 6 days, tests confirmed that my water had truly broken, and I was admitted to the hospital on bedrest. Brayden would later be born at 27 weeks and 6 days, and stay in the hospital for 76 days.

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Reagan's Story

Reagan's Story

  • Candi Kidd
  • 11/01/2016

My little Raegan, your life is your masterpiece.. Not your body. I thought of you when I read this quote. We don't know what the future holds for you.. We don't know what challenges are ahead. There is a chance that you might not ever look like others, think or talk like others...

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Bryonna's Story, Part 10 - Gifts From The Heart

Bryonna's Story, Part 10 - Gifts From The Heart

  • Mary Taylor
  • 10/31/2016

The abortion culture leaves women wounded, weakened and often scarred for life. But this is not where Bryonna was. Bryonna was standing strong for herself and for her baby. The motherhood glow looked beautiful on her as she spoke of her son with tenderness. My, what a change I had witnessed in this lady over the last few months! She had come from feeling frightened and inadequate to a place of strength and confidence. Whether her choice was to raise her baby or lovingly give the baby up for adoption, it would be a choice she could be proud of and a choice that she could live with. This was empowerment.

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Bryonna's Story, Part 9 - A window to the Womb

Bryonna's Story, Part 9 - A window to the Womb

  • Mary Taylor
  • 10/20/2016

Yes, there were going to be some challenges with this pregnancy but Dr. Silver's confidence in a happy outcome was a very welcome relief to both Bryonna and I. The relief went to our heads and we laughed and joked and took silly selfie pictures like a couple of school girls. If there had been any doubt how much my heart was entangled with my new friend and the baby that was growing within her, there certainly wasn't anymore.

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Bryonna's Story, Part 8 - Unintended Consequences

Bryonna's Story, Part 8 - Unintended Consequences

  • Mary Taylor
  • 10/17/2016

The baby is fine. I can't guarantee that he won't be dumb. But he is fine! Dr. Silver said. Bryonna and I looked at each other in disbelief. Did he really just say that? We both burst out laughing. It didn't matter. What mattered was that Bryonna finally had a doctor that was on her side and was committed to bringing her baby into the world.

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Bryonna's Story, Part 7 - It's a Boy!!!

Bryonna's Story, Part 7 - It's a Boy!!!

  • Mary Taylor
  • 10/12/2016

Despite everything she had been through, Bryonna's smile literally lit up the room. I was mesmerized by the twinkle in her eye. Given all of the challenges that she had faced and all of those that lie ahead of her, Bryonna's spirit was unshaken.

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Bryonna's Story, Part 6 - The Bus Outside the Window

Bryonna's Story, Part 6 - The Bus Outside the Window

  • Mary Taylor
  • 10/11/2016

Despite everything she had been through, Bryonna's smile literally lit up the room. I was mesmerized by the twinkle in her eye. Given all of the challenges that she had faced and all of those that lie ahead of her, Bryonna's spirit was unshaken.

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Bryonna's Story, Part 5 - The Reed that Bends in the Wind

Bryonna's Story, Part 5 - The Reed that Bends in the Wind

  • Mary Taylor
  • 10/07/2016

My sense of awe and wonderment was suddenly interrupted by a cold, hard realization. This was the same point in my pregnancy that I had once had an abortion. My awe and wonderment turned to shock and horror.

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Bryonna's Story, Part 4 - Questioning My Convictions

Bryonna's Story, Part 4 - Questioning My Convictions

  • Mary Taylor
  • 10/05/2016

This was, without question, the most devastating day of my entire life. But things would get worse; much, much worse. That dreadful day of my abortion was filled with pain and sorrow but at the time I really did not understand why. I shared this story with Lisa in hopes that she would not make the same mistake. Our text message conversation went on until late that night when both of us were too sleepy to continue.

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Bryonna's Story, Part 3 - A Blonde Haired, Blue Eyed Boy

Bryonna's Story, Part 3 - A Blonde Haired, Blue Eyed Boy

  • Mary Taylor
  • 09/30/2016

The hours dragged on with no response from Lisa. In desperation I began one more time. Dear Lisa, please,please... and once again no response. For nine long, long days there was no response. I had stopped checking my emails and resigned myself to never knowing any more about Lisa. Had I failed miserably in my attempts to persuade her not to abort her baby? Was this nothing but a hoax all along? I may never know.

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Bryonna's Story, Part 2 - Nine Long Days

Bryonna's Story, Part 2 - Nine Long Days

  • Mary Taylor
  • 09/25/2016

My heart felt as if it would pound right out of my chest. I was filled with a sense of panic and urgency as I frantically pecked out a response on the keyboard. 'Dear Lisa, please let us help...'

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Bryonna's Story, Part 1 - A Spiritual War

Bryonna's Story, Part 1 - A Spiritual War

  • Mary Taylor
  • 09/22/2016

Ping! That familiar ring from my laptop signaled a new email coming in as I mindlessly surfed the Internet on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I clicked on the tab of my Pro-life Utah email page expecting to see some regularly scheduled newsletter from a pro-life website or some other mundane piece of mail.

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