Virginia Evers, Pro-Life Activist Who Invented ‘Precious Feet’ Pin, Dies at 99

Virginia Evers and a baby

Pro-life activist Virginia Evers, who invented the “precious feet” pin that many pro-life Americans proudly wear, died Friday at the age of 99.

Father Frank Pavone, the national director of the pro-life group Priests for Life, announced Evers’ passing on social media Saturday. He noted that the pin “shows the size of an unborn baby’s feet at 10 weeks of age” and accompanied the announcement of her death with a picture of Evers placing a precious feet pin on him.

According to Live Action News, the precious feet pin “was inspired by a photograph that pro-life Dr. Russell Sacco took of the feet of a 10-week old aborted baby in the early 1970s when abortion was first legalized through Roe v. Wade.” Sacco’s photograph ended up being a full-page ad in a San Diego newspaper on Jan. 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. After Evers and her husband, Ellis, saw the ad, she said, “these little feet would be the ideal pro-life symbol.”

Not long after Evers made that statement about the precious feet, she and her husband founded a ministry called Heritage House ’76, based in Snowflake, Arizona. The ministry sells precious feet pins designed by Evers, which are “the exact size and shape of an unborn baby’s feet at 10 weeks after conception.” Heritage House ’76 also sells a variety of other pro-life apparel including baby bottles, shirts, books, banners and magnets.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley