Auburn's homecoming queen shares unique adoption story - WRBL

Auburn's homecoming queen shares unique adoption story

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On Saturday, Molly Ann Dutton was crowned Auburn's 100th homecoming queen. She's also making headlines for something other than her crown.

The circumstances surrounding her birth, her birth mother's choice and her life are gaining national attention.

It all began with her platform, "Light up LIFE."

Dutton is the daughter of a young, married woman who survived a sexual assault in state of California and became pregnant, according to a news release this week from "Light up LIFE."

According to the horticulture club-based group, the woman's husband gave her an ultimatum. He told her to get an abortion or a divorce.

Instead of having an abortion, Dutton's mother relocated to Alabama and carried her to full term.

Her mother worked with Lifeline Children's Services, which is a Christian adoption group in Birmingham.

The organization worked to place Dutton in a loving and caring home.

"Dutton's adoptive parents served on the agency's board at the time and when they heard about the situation, they decided to adopt the baby who would be homecoming queen," according to the release.

"Because that resource was made available to my mother, she decided to give birth to me," Dutton says in a campaign video, "Light up LIFE with Molly Ann Dutton. "And here I am talking to you guys 22 years later."

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