Leah Hickman

Leah is a WORLD Magazine reporter.


The reality of abortion regret

Abortion | A study tries to downplay the emotional toll on women
by Leah Hickman
Posted 1/20/20, 06:00 pm

Seven years after her abortion, Pat Layton was driving down an interstate highway in Florida when she burst into tears. The Christian talk show playing on her car radio featured women talking about their abortions. They mentioned their struggles with drugs, alcohol, anger, depression, and shame. Layton had experienced all of those problems and she was finally realizing that they stemmed from her abortion as a college student in 1977.

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Buildings with baggage

Abortion | Groups are turning old abortion centers into pro-life spaces, but the facilities’ horrific histories are difficult for many to overcome
by Leah Hickman
Posted 1/02/20, 05:00 pm

Austin and Bryan, Texas. Chattanooga, Tenn. Elkton, Md. Grand Rapids, Mich. Toledo, Ohio. Wichita, Kan. These are seven of the at least 20 cities where pro-life groups have taken over and repurposed former surgical abortion facilities. They are now crisis pregnancy centers, pro-life offices, or memorials. 

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Abominable enterprise

Life | A year in abortion battles: Abortion proponents defend the gruesome practice as pro-lifers push to repeal Roe v. Wade
by Leah Hickman
Posted 1/02/20, 04:48 pm

In C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, young King Caspian visits an island under his rule and discovers the territory embroiled in the slave trade. The Narnian king demands the lazy governor explain why the islanders have resorted to this “abominable and unnatural traffic in slaves.” The governor’s reply? “Necessary, unavoidable. … An essential part of the economic development of the islands, I assure you.”

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