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moral concerns By Grace Alone O n a cold, overcast afternoon in January of this year, The 44 th Annual March for Life took place in Washington, D.C. It was my second time attending the march, as I also went in 2015. Since I'm originally from D.C., I was able to experience the march from a unique angle. It was a thrill to return to my hometown and stay with a high school friend for a few days — and it was beautiful to see thousands of like-minded people uniting for the cause of life. I got a handful of interviews, and I'd like to share two stories. I Christ-centered home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, with her family active in a non-denominational Bible church. At age 4, she came to know Jesus Christ. Rachel is now 18, looking healthy, and radiating life and grace. She makes the trip to Washington, D.C. to speak for the unborn. I told her I'm from D.C., but I currently live in Georgia. She thanked me for making the trip. I said the pleasure is mine. “All life matters,” Rachel says. “Great or small, rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy.” II Rachel was supposed to be aborted. In 1998, at 24 weeks in the womb, she was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. The Trisomy 18 Foundation says this unusual condition “can be life-threatening, even before birth,” with a significant number of stillbirths occurring in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. The foundation goes on to say that “only 50% of babies carried to term are born alive” and that “10 percent or more may survive to their first birthdays.” Rachel's parents asked three doctors to help them fight for their daughter's life. All three doctors said, “No.” One doctor said, “The best thing you can do is go home and let your baby die.” Another doctor said the only service he would provide would be the autopsy. Rachel's parents fought back with a “No” of their own. They refused to abort their daughter. At 26 weeks, Rachel was born. She weighed one pound and two ounces. She spent her first five and a half months in NICU. Rachel grew up in a no right to impose her guilt on others. She said she shouldn't have to feel guilty about her abortion just because Liz felt guilty about hers. Liz had an answer for the woman: “I'm here to speak for my three children who were aborted.” III You've just read about women who know the heartache that surrounds the practice known as “abortion.” In one story, a brave mom and dad wouldn't give up on their preborn daughter. In the other story, a mother repented of the sin of abortion and now testifies to help others. In both stories, the daughters now go to The March for Life as pictures of life prevailing. May God grant us to see the end of abortion in our lifetime. Please pray to end the murder of the unborn. As Rachel says, “All life matters.” “All life matters,” Rachel says. “Great or small, rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy.” L i z g ave h e r testimony for the first time. At her first March for Life, Liz and other women took tur ns speaking to a crowd. I missed her speech, but as she started to leave, she gave me an interview. “I'm here to honor my three aborted children,” Liz said. Her fourth child was the one not aborted. Grace is now 17, and she looks a lot like her mother. It's by grace that we're saved for eternity, through faith in Jesus Christ—and Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:24-25; Romans 10:9-13). Liz and Grace, along with Liz's brother Matt, came to the march from Atlanta, Georgia. “I'm here because of the love of Jesus,” Liz said. “It's been a surreal experience.” Liz encountered some opposition, in the form of a woman who'd had an abortion. The woman told Liz she had Matt Haddad (formerly pro-choice) Moral Concerns Committee September 2017 LIFE CHAIN S unday , O ctober 1 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 10701 Abercorn Street (in front of the Southside Station Post Office) MESSENGER SEPTEMBER 2017 PAGE 7