Abortion is an issue that, undoubtedly, impacts both men and women. Yet, as Katelyn Beaty writes in “The Power of Pro-Life Women,” “Abortion is not a ‘women’s issue’; rather, it is a human issue that affects women uniquely.” In this sense, the perspectives of pro-life women are uniquely important to the movement. And women who were once pro-choice but are now pro-life offer some of the most unique and compelling voices within a movement whose reach extends far beyond the unborn. It extends to all lives, rescuing not only bodies but transforming hearts and souls too.

Five women who have been deeply touched by the pro-life cause testify to the life-transforming power of this movement.

The One Man Who Offered Help

January 22 is the birthday of Dr. Alveda King, author of King Rules and director of African American Outreach with Priests for Life. January 22 is also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling that struck down most state laws prohibiting abortion, effectively legalizing abortion in all 50 states.

Each year, King celebrates her birthday, along with that of her late uncle, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (whose birthday is January 15), by participating in the March for Life. King’s efforts to promote the sanctity of life carry on her uncle’s dream, she said in a recent phone interview, because he believed that every human life is valuable.

Alveda King was not always pro-life. In her early years, she strayed from the Christian beliefs she held from childhood and “fell into pro-abortion propaganda,” she said. As a young woman in the throes of marital distress, King underwent two abortions, the first without her knowledge when a doctor ...

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