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Catherine Aubrecht had a very early introduction to mortality in her family. She grew up in a big Midwestern city, where she witnessed the death of her parents’ marriage. Later on, at age 7, her grandfather died. Her great aunt died two months later.

“I was about 8 years old when I realized something was very wrong with my mom, and later I learned she had paranoid schizophrenia. I prayed that God would intervene and keep her from killing herself, but he did not,” she said before a crowd of about 150 anti-abortion advocates on Saturday morning.

When Aubrecht was 15, her mom died by suicide, she said. Her response was a flood of emotions — “devastation, grief, rage and confusion as to why God would allow something like this to happen… I went looking for love in all the wrong places.”


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