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Courageous young mom Maddi Runkles is back after giving birth to her baby boy, Greyson, in August.
Runkles made headlines in the spring after she was banned from her Christian high school’s graduation ceremony because she was pregnant out of wedlock. Despite the criticism and shame she faced, the young woman chose life for her son and spoke out publicly against abortion.
Now, she and her baby boy are fighting against the top abortion business in the nation: Planned Parenthood.
Independent Journal Review reports Runkles and her son recently joined Students for Life on its “Sock It 2 PP” tour, calling for an end to the abortion giant’s taxpayer funding.
Students for Life, which has supported Runkles through her pregnancy and parenting, is touring the country with a display of 328,348 baby socks, each representing an unborn baby aborted at Planned Parenthood in 2016.
“Seventeen-year-old Maddi chose life for her son Greyson despite being Planned Parenthood’s prime target,” Students for Life said. “He now gets to experience all this world has to offer — an opportunity 328,348 of his peers won’t have thanks to the abortion giant.”
Runkles and Greyson recently participated in a tour stop with Students for Life leader Kristan Hawkins, calling for an end to Planned Parenthood’s half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding.
The Senate is expected to vote on legislation next week to defund the abortion chain and repeal portions of Obamacare.
Runkles’ story gained international attention in the spring after her Maryland Christian school would not allow her to participate in its graduation ceremony, saying she had broken a pledge of abstinence. Runkles publicly apologized for breaking the pledge during a school assembly and accepted school administrators’ decision to prohibit her from continuing in her school leadership roles.
However, Students for Life and others argued the school went too far by banning Runkles from graduation, saying other students also had broken the pledge but had not been banned from walking. Many pro-life advocates said she was treated unfairly because she was pregnant.
Students for Life supported Maddi throughout the ordeal and later presented her with a college scholarship.
Here’s more from the report:
Runkles told the Religion News Service she is taking the fall semester off so she can “get settled into being a new mom” before going back to school. In the spring, she plans to enroll in community college and begin taking classes online at Bob Jones University, a conservative Christian college in Greenville, South Carolina.
Her high school administrators repeatedly emphasized that they are glad Maddi chose life for her son. They said they disciplined her because she was immoral and broke the pledge, not because she was pregnant.