When I look back over many years, I am always struck by the outstanding and humble leadership of those women and men who stepped forward in the days following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7–2 decision legalizing abortion on January 22, 1973. In those days they were treading on new ground in so many ways. The initial shock led to a quiet but effective outrage that tiny vulnerable lives would now be subject to their mom’s surge of emotion, strong familial pressure, uncertainty and lack of information.
That’s when we, who were already involved, helped bring a trained Birthright volunteer to organize the first crisis pregnancy center in Louisville in 1974.
How fortunate we were to have women and men launch such a beautiful, caring outreach in Kentucky, which spread to Lexington, Owensboro, and other places. Today there are dozens of such helping centers that lovingly meet most of the needs of girls and women facing unplanned pregnancies. There are many more helping centers than there are abortion mills in Kentucky. In fact, as of today some 40-years later, there is only one abortuary remaining in Kentucky due to hard work and prayer.
Let’s talk more about this in our next letter! We have much to celebrate, but much more to accomplish as we attempt to save lives!
Margie is shown with a guest who visited the KRLA office in Louisville in June. A native of Japan, she was interested to learn about how KRLA functions, and was particularly interested in the fetal models that we take to schools and fairs to show how a pre-born baby develops.