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Maddi Runkles, the Maryland teenager who wasn’t allowed to walk during her high school graduation in June because she was pregnant, just gave birth to a health baby boy. And now she’s using her platform to call Planned Parenthood out.

Despite protests at the time from the pro-life group Students for Life, Heritage Academy near Hagerstown, Maryland, would not reverse its commencement ban because Runkles “was immoral,” David R. Hobbs, the school’s administrator, said in a statement to parents, the Religious News Service reported.

“Heritage is also pleased that she has chosen to not abort her son,” he continued. “However, her immorality is the original choice she made that began this situation.”

But the stigma surrounding her pregnancy — and the publicity that arose from Heritage’s decision — only served to embolden Runkles, whose devout Christian faith spurred her pro-life convictions.

And now, with baby Greyson by her side, Runkles is, in a manner of speaking, telling Planned Parenthood to “sock it”:

Students for Life/Facebook
Students for Life/Facebook

“Greyson on top of these socks really puts the catastrophic devastation caused by Planned Parenthood into perspective,” Students for Life posted on Facebook.

The pro-life group’s display includes 328,348 socks — representing the number of unborn babies Planned Parenthood abortionists terminated in 2016. The gut-wrenching display will travel around the U.S., putting into perspective the impact abortion has on society.

“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.”

Earlier this year, Students for Life brought Runkles to a Washington, D.C., rally, where she opened up about her decision to keep her baby, and the treatment she received from her school and others around her.

Despite losing friends and missing out on opportunities — and even hearing from other supposedly pro-life people that she was making a mistake — Runkles said she was confident in her decision to welcome Greyson.

As IJR previously reported, Runkles admitted to the rally crowd, “I know it’s going to be hard to still accomplish all my goals and dreams, but I get to have a little guy following right next to me, and we’re going to do it together.”

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.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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@Otisamsonite(2 likes)Best of luck to you and your son. Greyson is fortunate to have a mom who did what she believed to be right.
Jeanne (2 likes)Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy, Maddi!! I love Students For Life, and I support their great work, offering students, an alternative view, and possibly saving many lives.
@EddieSThats a huge number of socks.  A whole lot of socks.  Too many.On the other hand, what would happen if all,of those socks were filled?  Could our country really support this kind of increase, year-after-year?  I'd like to say that we could, but if we're so overburdened by a few million undocumented workers, an extra 350k mouths added to the rolls each year would be detestating, especially if one were to assume that most of those extra mouths to feed would be living on taxpayer funds.That sounds heartless- I know it does.  Wouldn't it be a lot better if we could find some way to prevent these unwanted pregnancies before they happen?  Wouldn't that be the humane thing to do?It seems a bit destructive to be against both abortion AND birth control.  Of course, the best solution would be to keep your pants on if you don't want children, but that's impossible to expect to be reality.Maybe we wouldn't have as many unwanted pregnancies if we really took the time to educate our children on how to prevent them in the first place, while acknowledging to ourselves that they will be having sex.My gut reaction is that this girl wouldn't even be where she is had her parents not had their heads buried in the sand and assumed that their little angel was practicing abstinence.