Auburn University selected its 100th Miss Homecoming in Molly Anne Dutton this weekend but she almost didn’t win — not because she isn’t an attractive or capable college student but because her mother was raped and she could have been a victim of abortion.
Dutton’s mother, after she was victimized by sexual assault, was given an ultimatum from her husband — have an abortion or face divorce. She chose to keep the baby, leading to a “ridiculously inspirational life story” that many media outlets are noting this week about Dutton.
A couple of decades ago, Dutton’s biological mother, who was living in California at the time, was the victim of a sexual assault that resulted in her becoming pregnant. She was given an ultimatum by her husband: either abort the baby, or face divorce.
Lifeline Children’s Services, a Birmingham-based Christian adoption agency, got involved and helped the woman through her courageous decision to keep the baby and put her up for adoption instead of aborting.
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This past weekend, the little girl born into those tough circumstances was elected her university’s homecoming queen after running on a platform entirely devoted to adoption advocacy.
“Because that resource was made available to my mother, she decided to give birth to me,” Dutton said. “And here I am talking to you guys 22 years later.”
“Light Up LIFE” was Dutton’s slogan, the perfect summation of her campaign’s goal to spread the word that adoption can bring light into a dark situation. It took Auburn’s campus by storm.