Twenty-six years ago, the high school sweethearts became engaged. But Laurie delayed their marriage plans to help her mother fight cancer. She got a job in a gas station working alone at night. She felt safe because the police post was across the street.
But one night, she was raped at gunpoint. She was told she was lucky she survived the savage attack.
Traumatized, things got worse when she found out she was pregnant.
Everyone, including the police chief, told her to get an abortion and get on with her life.
But some friends disagreed and encouraged the couple to reconsider.
"In our hearts, we knew it was wrong," Laurie said. "But we weren't in any condition to raise a child. My rights were violated but it would be wrong to violate the rights of an innocent, unborn child. We chose adoption."