It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to inform you that a friend of mine, a fellow advocate for preborn human rights, and a former full-time Rock For Life staffer Kortney Blythe Gordon and her preborn little girl Sophy passed away in a car crash late Saturday night.
Please pray for her husband, Ben and their families. They need our prayers during this time as they grieve their loss.
Also, prayerfully consider making a donation to help pay for the burial costs of Kortney and Sophy. Students for Life is taking up an online collection that is tax-deductible. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Blythe and Gordon families. Click here to make a donation.
The driver of the other vehicle also passed away. There is another Students for Life staff person involved in the car crash who is in critical condition. Please pray for him and his family as well.
I have so many fond memories of Kortney. I remember the first time I met her. She drove all the way up from Charlotte to Washington, DC to take part in some pro-life visibility events we were hosting at the March for Women’s Lives in the Spring of 2004. I could tell right away that she had a great heart for the preborn and would be a rising star in the pro-life movement. She had already been involved running a chapter in Charlotte but I knew immediately I wanted to get her more involved with Rock For Life!
Later that year she made the same drive to join our prayerful protest of a Vote for Change tour stop in Washington, DC. She brought two fellow classmates of Montreat (the college she was attending at the time). What was impressive to me about that trip is that she left Montreat immediately after a class. Her and her friends made our event just in time then had to leave right after the event in order to make a class the next morning to take a major test. Kortney said she was going to study on the way down. I thought she was crazy!
That to me was highly unusual, impressive and really set the tone of my future involvement with Kortney. She was a tireless advocate for the preborn. She was extremely intelligent, a great communicator and organizer. For proof you can hear some of our archived Rock For Life Netcasts. Kortney was friendly, loved our Lord, and didn’t have a mean bone in her body. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say.
Kortney did an amazing job as a Rock For Life chapter leader and as the Rock For Life chapter coordinator. She did amazing work with Survivors and Students for Life. The pro-life movement has lost a rising star. She will be missed big time.
Bryan Kemper with Stand True / Priests for Life has dedicated this year’s Pro-Life Day of Student Solidarity to Kortney and Sophy. The Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition is dedicating the Voices from the Womb project to Kortney and Sophy as well. They were scheduled to be a feature participant.
Ben, our prayers are with you and our prayers are with the Blythe and Gordon families. Kortney, we miss you. Sophy, wish we could have met you.
Click here to view a slideshow I quickly put together of our memories together.
LifeNews.com Note: Erik Whittington is the executive director of Rock For Life, a pro-life group for youth.