Leah Hickman

Leah is a WORLD Magazine reporter.

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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Twists of grace

Disasters | Six years after a tornado outbreak hit the Midwest, surviving families remember the devastation and the recovery
by Leah Hickman
Posted 11/07/19, 12:46 pm

Dan and Carol Learned were at church half an hour away when a tornado hit their Washington, Ill., neighborhood. As the congregation returned from the church basement, cell phones began to vibrate and buzz with updates from Washington. A neighborhood friend texted one of the Learned kids: “The whole street’s gone.”

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Dale G. Young/Genesis photos

Call the doula

Life | An unplanned pregnancy in high school gave volunteer doula Tammy Stevens compassion for young women in similar circumstances
by Leah Hickman
Posted 10/23/19, 11:58 am

A young woman in a flowy pink shirt sits next to her mom in the waiting room of an OB-GYN office in Midland. She’s quiet and seems a little nervous. Unmarried and 21 years old, she’s 32 weeks pregnant.

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