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Rebekah Hagan tells of finding ‘a way out’ after she took the first abortion pill

Rebekah Hagan addresses the Sanctity of Human Life Rally on Jan. 21 in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Like a driver whose car begins to slide uncontrollably on a freeway that has turned foggy and icy, Rebekah Hagan — then a frightened, pregnant, single, teenaged mother of one — looked for and took the closest “exit ramp.” It led to an abortion clinic. “In a moment of panic and not thinking clearly, I […]

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Documentary shows how her last-minute decision for life impacted many others

Melissa Coles, keynote speaker at the Sanctity of Human Life Rally on Jan. 24 in Peoria, speaks with Ken Goins, president of Central Illinois Right to Life, following the annual event. Coles' last-minute decision not to abort and later place her son for adoption is the focus of the documentary "I Lived on Parker Avenue." (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“How can I help?” Melissa Coles’ presentation at the Sanctity of Human Life Rally in Peoria on Jan. 24 had been memorable for many reasons. But the Indiana woman, whose last-minute choice 25 years ago not to abort her unborn child is the focus of a half-hour documentary, wanted her audience to leave Riverside Community […]

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Mass with Bishop Jenky on Jan. 25 among Respect Life activities planned in January

A group from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal sings as they process up Dearborn Avenue with thousands of other participants in last year's March for Life Chicago. The Diocese of Peoria is sponsoring a bus to this year's event on Jan. 13. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

Respect life advocates from around the Diocese of Peoria are planning to pray together and march locally, regionally and nationally as the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy approach. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is inviting all clergy, religious and faithful to join him at St. […]

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‘Bella’ producer Jason Jones tells Sanctity of Human Life Rally ‘we are so close’

Little Alexis Ryken of Pekin is taking her first pro-life walk around the Federal Courthouse in Peoria in the arms of her big sister Ashly. The walk preceded the Sanctity of Human Life Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life on Jan. 22. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jason Jones didn’t know abortion was legal when he found out he was going to be a father two days shy of his 17th birthday. Once the shock of the unplanned pregnancy passed, he made plans with his girlfriend, Katie, and started thinking about what he wanted to give this child. That dream was cut […]

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