- Elizabeth Riley
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.