The Untold LeBron James Story: He Could Have Been a Victim of Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 9, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

The Untold LeBron James Story: He Could Have Been a Victim of Abortion

by Maria Vitale
July 9, 2010 Note: Maria Vitale is an opinion columnist for She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio.

It’s been one of the biggest sports stories of the season, becoming one of the dominant topics in cyberspace and on television: Where will basketball great LeBron James play ball? Even beloved television actress Betty White got into the act, making a plea for the NBA star to stay in Cleveland.

The speculation about his future whereabouts was so great that it was decided that the announcement of his next career move would be carried live on ESPN.

But the man who has been nicknamed the “Chosen One” did not have an easy path to sports superstardom.

His mother was in her mid-teens when she found out she was pregnant. High school graduation was still a while away. She was not a person of means.

About a decade before her pregnancy, the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that the mere fact of being a teenager could be considered a health reason justifying abortion. She could have easily taken that route. In fact, chances are a Planned Parenthood counselor would have recommended it.

But she chose life, and her son became known as the Chosen One.

This much-sought-after basketball player is a fan’s dream. According to the website, he led his Akron high school to a 27-0 record in his freshman year. He later became the first sophomore to be named Ohio’s “Mr. Basketball.”

When he reached the NBA, he became the first Cleveland Cavalier and the youngest NBA player to ever receive the title “Rookie of the Year.” He would go on to play in the Olympics and, in the 2008 Summer games, he earned 31 points—the most by an American. He led his team to a gold medal.

And now, the sports world has been eagerly awaiting his decision on where he’ll play next.

Far away from the cameras, a quarter century ago, a bigger decision was made by a young woman that the world might have thought was incapable of parenthood. She was cheering for LeBron, long before the rest of us were.

How many basketball stars are missing from the court because of abortion? Is it possible that the next LeBron James is already here, but that his mother, pressured by those around her, has scheduled an abortion tomorrow?

Is abortion about to claim another Chosen One?


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