“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart…” – Jeremiah 1:5
Auburn’s football program isn’t the only campus tradition displaying miracle stories this season. In October it was the 100th crowned Homecoming Queen, Molly Anne Dutton who caught the entire nation’s attention with her inspiring and faith-building adoption story.
Molly Anne’s testimony for Life was everywhere in the news almost overnight. I had people sending me articles, news videos, and even bringing in their newspaper stories so that co-workers at work could read about her. Facebook was filled with buzz about Auburn University’s astonishing Homecoming Queen. If you haven’t heard her story yet, I’m so thrilled to share it with you now.
Molly Anne’s biological mother was a married woman living in California when she became a victim of sexual assault that resulted in pregnancy. Her husband gave her two choices: abortion or divorce. Her heroic mother stood her ground and upon talking with Lifeline Children’s Services in Birmingham, Alabama, she agreed to choose adoption instead. Molly Anne’s adoptive parents were on the board with Lifeline and were able to step in and receive the incredible gift of Molly Anne. “Because that resource was made available to her, she decided to give birth to me and here I am, sitting here before y’all 22 years later declaring how radiant my life has been,” Dutton passionately told Fox News.
When asked how she chose her platform she explained it was decided while talking with friends. They challenged her to share her own story and stand for something that affected her directly. Molly Anne told The Birmingham News that she was honored to carry her testimony and that she “was given grace to carry that story. My story is a voice for the voiceless.”
The week of Auburn’s homecoming, Molly Anne’s pro-life campaign “Light Up Life” aimed to educate Auburn’s 25,000 students on the options available during crisis pregnancies by sharing her story. The campaign team passed out yellow daises and sold yellow and green t-shirts on campus giving the all the proceeds to Lifeline Children Services. That Saturday during halftime of the homecoming game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Gov. Robert Bentley and Auburn University president Jay Gouge crowned Molly Anne Dutton their 100th Miss Homecoming Queen.
I believe God has just begun shining light on this courageous young woman’s story. By being a joyful voice, she has opened the eyes of our nation to the possibility and beauty of a life that was able to live, move, and have her being. Pray with me that more people like Molly Anne will be given the chance to be a voice for the voiceless. And pray for Molly Anne that she would be given even more opportunities to speak to our nation about the significance of choosing Life.
We encourage you to view Molly Anne’s full interview with FoxNews here and see the true joy in this young woman’s rare testimony.