Leah Hickman

Leah is a WORLD Magazine reporter.

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Desperate mothers in desperate times

Life | Safe haven groups work to protect babies from abandonment during the pandemic
by Leah Hickman
Posted 5/04/20, 06:14 pm

In the last two months, the National Safe Haven Alliance’s hotline has seen an almost 10 percent increase in phone calls, many from moms asking what to do with babies they say they can’t care for. The coronavirus pandemic has added to the personal and financial strain on new parents, while the number of infant abandonments in the United States has increased slightly.

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Students for Life of America

School’s out, but the pro-life movement’s on

Life | Students use online tools to keep advocating for unborn babies
by Leah Hickman
Posted 4/27/20, 04:24 pm

The day SkyView Academy High School called a last-minute school assembly in the gym to discuss the coronavirus, high school senior Brooke Rizuto and her Students for Life group had planned to use the school library for a speaking event featuring local pro-life activists. But the mandatory assembly forced them to cancel. When the campus in Highlands Ranch, Colo., closed for the remainder of the year, Rizuto said, “Every event we had planned was completely canceled.”

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The right to show up and pray, even in lockdown

Abortion | Pro-life advocates defend ministries from COVID-19 enforcement
by Leah Hickman
Posted 4/20/20, 06:03 pm

Andrew Belanger was still in his car at the Scotsdale Women’s Center in Detroit when the abortion business’s security guard warned him the police would probably show up that day. It was the last day of March, and “the security guard told me that [the facility’s director] was itching to have the police out there,” Belanger said. But he took his normal place outside of the building anyway, holding a pro-life sign as he told passersby about the hope and help they could have in Jesus.

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