When my friend Lea Schiazza, a former Miss Pennsylvania herself, introduced me to this story, it wasn’t so much the drama that made an impression. Ironically, it was the tranquility that characterizes Valerie’s life, the certainty she has in the inevitability of her birth and the idea that she was created by a violent act but has turned that moment into years of triumph.
There are those who will predictably react to this column as just another salvo in the abortion wars. But Valerie Gatto’s story is bigger than politics, more eloquent than any manufactured rhetoric and far more courageous than any pink-sneakered Texas filibuster.
No matter what happens at the Miss USA pageant in June, she’s already taken the crown.
Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Readers may send her email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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