Students for Life – and our many, many supporters who have emailed Heritage Academy in Maryland in support of Maddi Runkles – aren’t Maddi’s only fans. You can send Maddi a message of support if you like through this link.
Teen Autumn Lindsey, whose viral video in response to Teen Vogue’s abortion gift guide went viral earlier this year, adamantly supports Maddi as well. She filmed this awesome video that not only encourages Maddi but rightly raises valid points about the school’s actions towards a pregnant teen who chose life, saying “When Christian schools respond like this, they are promoting abortion.”
The transcript is below:
The New York Times recently released an article about Maddi Runkles, a senior at Heritage Academy in Maryland, who in January found out she was pregnant. She is an excellent student, played on the soccer team, and served as president of the student council. Sadly, when she courageously shared the news of her pregnancy and her choice for life, her school did not respond with love and grace. They punished her. She stood in front of her student body and shared her circumstance and the school board did not show grace to her. Didn’t they know that she could have had an abortion and nobody would have known? Instead she chose life, and publicly shared her struggle. In return she received consequences, not compassion.
She was told she could not walk in her own graduation, and was removed from her student council position. She wears a coat so the other students aren’t uncomfortable with her growing belly.
When I heard about this, the first thing I thought was, “What about the next girl who isn’t as brave as Maddi? What will happen to her baby? Who is going to willingly stand in front of the school and tell everyone that she is pregnant when result is punishment not praise for protecting the life of her baby?”
When Christian schools respond like this they are promoting abortion. How many countless girls have been too afraid to ask for help and end up aborting their baby? Its no wonder Maddi thought to herself that it might have been easier to just have an abortion. Because as she said, then people would have just forgiven her instead of having to deal with the visible consequences. Had she done that, the school would also be responsible for that baby’s life ending. We have to change how we treat pregnant students. We have to offer more than an iron fist, or a conduct code. We are called to love. And love supports, forgives, and lifts up. We need to come along side of pregnant teens and ask what we can do to help.
Thankfully Maddi’s parents offered her grace and love. She was able to reach out for help. Their support is priceless.
Maddi, I am so proud of you for choosing life. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for you. Your courage is a voice to other girls. Not only do I support you, but thousands applaud you because you put your baby’s life above your own convenience. I am sorry for the way you were treated, and I am behind you 100% percent. And I can’t wait to see your sweet baby boy. I am excited for your future together.
Maddi is right when she says that “some pro-life people are against the killing of unborn babies, but they won’t speak out in support of the girl who chooses to keep her baby” Of all people, pro-life Christians should support, encourage and love pregnant teen girls who decide to keep their babies.
I am so happy to hear Students for Life is supporting you and cheering you on. All life is precious and should be celebrated and protected. You did what was right Maddi, and we thank you for being an example to others who might find themselves in the same situation.