This is an Endorsement for Life

Posted By on March 8, 2014

Often times the argument is raised that a young unwed mother is ill equipped for raising a child. Throw in the crippling trauma of being victimized by rape and it seems inevitable most will reach the emotional conclusion that what is necessary is to end the child’s life before it stares face to face with it’s mother reminding her of the crime or becomes a burden on society as an ill equipped young mother will not be able to provide the means to bring the child into adulthood well adjusted and mature.

It is a wonder that any of us can believe that realities are numerous. Circumstances surely are and God accounts for that but there is one reality within which we all live and part of that is we all have been given the opportunity to make something of ourselves. We all have obstacles and trials of varying degrees, and with them the desire to pursue happiness. We were granted life and the liberty to do so by our Creator who rules and reigns over all even those with ill conceived notions that some should not be allowed what God has given all of mankind because they live outside the circumstances many of us are acquainted with. As if it were some alternative Godless reality they live in. Anyone who believes that what is best for society is that the fortunate should live and the unfortunate should not should hear the story of newly crowned Miss Pennsylvania. By the world’s standards she is everything they say is most unlikely. 

When the newly crowned Miss Pennsylvania, Valerie Gatto, was in third grade, she found out the difficult truth that she had been conceived when her mother was raped at knifepoint.

Gatto’s mother was only 19 years old when the attack occurred.  Her assailant had plans to murder her as well, but says those plans were thwarted when a bright light from an unknown source appeared. This light gave Gatto’s mother the ability to get up and run away before he could do further harm to her.  Gatto says, “I like to think of that light as my mother’s and (my) guardian angel.”

In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Gatto says her mother always told her, “I was her light.”

Soon after the attack, Gatto’s mother discovered she was pregnant.  According to an interview with Gatto for CBS Pittsburgh, her mother never considered abortion.
She did have plans to put her daughter up for adoption, hoping she could be given a more stable life elsewhere.  But, after Gatto was born, her grandmother reminded her daughter that God does not give us more than we can handle.  She convinced Gatto’s mother to raise her little girl herself.
Thus, at 20 years of age, Gatto’s mother lay aside plans to attend law school in order to raise her daughter.  Gatto grew up living with her mother and maternal grandparents in a stable, loving home.  She says she never felt as though her mother regretted her decision to keep her.
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