Nancy is a work at home mom who writes about parenting, special needs children, and the right to life. She is the lucky mother of three spirited little girls, one who has cystic fibrosis, and she spends any free moment she can find fundraising for a cure for CF. You can read her personal blog at www.ChronicAdmissions.com.
It’s a heartbreaking and upsetting trend – women and teens dumping their newborn babies. It’s been happening in increasing numbers over the years since abortion was made legal. News stations once covered the stories with a bit of remorse, but now it seems, they are taking a different approach.
The term “fetus” is used to describe a person who is preborn. And it fits perfectly since it means “offspring” and “young one.” But the abortion rights groups have twisted the word in order to diminish the humanity of preborn humans.
Across the country, Planned Parenthood is working to take over sex-ed programs in our school systems. In addition, they provide seminars for teachers, “education” videos for children and teens, and offer advice to teens who come into PP offices. If you trust that Planned Parenthood has your child’s best interests at heart, you shouldn’t.
Like all first time moms, Danielle Orris was a bit nervous when she first discovered she was pregnant, but once she made the announcement to her family, she was nothing but excited. She made it through weeks of nausea, stocking up on baby items in eager anticipation, and at her 20-week ultrasound, she and fiancé Brenden DeJong learned they would be having a son.
The doctor scheduled a follow up appointment for three weeks later. That appointment would change her life drastically.
It’s both uplifting and heartbreaking to watch. Actor Justin Baldoni and his wife Emily made a video as they announced their pregnancy to family and friends around the world. Their coworkers, their friends, their parents, all cheered for joy. They literally sobbed tears of pure happiness and excitement. You would think this was the first baby ever created these people are so elated. Men and women alike. No one was untouched by the news. You can watch the video here, but just be ready, you are guaranteed to cry, or at least smile.
But as your heart melts, you may wonder what’s so heartbreaking about this beautiful video. Quite simply, there are babies who won’t ever receive such a warm welcome or any welcome at all. But this video shows us how it should be with every baby. Every single baby, no matter the situation, the family, the age of the mother, should be welcomed with this level of enthusiasm. THIS is how we should all see new life.
Think of the relief that unexpectedly pregnant women will feel when you jump for joy at their news. So many women are scared to tell family and friends. So many women are pressured to abort their beloved child out of fear – fear of what their family will think, fear of what the future will bring, fear that no one will help them care for their surprise baby. But you, with love in your heart, can change that, by not just crying for joy, but actually helping them welcome their baby into the world and helping them care for that baby – whether it’s through gifts, advice, or babysitting.
Some pregnancies are going to come as a shock. That’s just the way it is. But once that shock is over, listen to the parents and really hear them and their concerns, but always treat their child as nothing less than a blessing and a gift. You can bring the kind of joy in this video to a mother, father and child in your life.
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Samuel Forrest and his wife Ruzan Badalyan were eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child, a boy, whom they named Leo. But within hours of his birth in an Armenian hospital, Leo would be abandoned by his mother, and he and his father would become the center of a global support network. That’s because Leo has Down syndrome.
Diagnosed shortly after his birth, his father hadn’t even held him when, according to ABC News, doctors explained that there was something wrong with Leo. Forrest told ABC:
The pro-life movement is gearing up for what could be the biggest ban on abortion since partial-birth abortion in 2003. The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act has already been introduced in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Dismemberment abortion, commonly known as dilation and evacuation or a D&E abortion, is a second-trimester abortion procedure reminiscent, as Jill Stanek shows us, of the “barbaric medieval practice of drawing and quartering.”
D&E abortions, which account for 96% of second-trimester abortions, or roughly 100,000 abortions a year, involve dilating the cervix and using forceps to rip the unborn child apart limb by limb so he or she is able to be removed from the womb, since the child at this age is too large to simply pass through the cervix without inducing labor. It is used more often than induction abortion, which is more expensive and often leads to live births.
As pro-lifers know, abortion is always an act of violence. It kills an innocent child and leaves a mother, father, and others tormented by grief and guilt. Most abortionists and abortion defenders would argue that this is untrue.
However, from time to time, late-term abortionists, those who kill the most viable of unborn humans, let some truth slip through their lips when they speak about abortion. It’s shocking, eye-opening, and sickening all at once. But we have to listen, because it’s the only way to show the world exactly what abortion is from those who make a living off it.
“It is hard to describe how it feels to pull out parts of a baby, to see arms, and bits of leg, and finally the head. […] Given the nature of this experience, it greatly concerns me how lightly some of these decisions are made.” -Dr. Vincent Argent, British abortionist in an interview with The Telegraph
Since 2012, 77 children have survived abortion attempts on their lives from RU-486 — also called “the abortion pill” — thanks to AbortionPillReversal.com and their network of 226 pro-life OBGYNs.
Women who take the first dose of the abortion pill and regret it are able to seek help from pro-life clinics such as Assure Pregnancy Center, who can put them in touch with doctors who are able to give them an immediate dose of progesterone to block the abortion-causing effects of Mifepristone. The doctors also follow up to ensure that the baby remains healthy.
One such woman, “Jen,” visited Assure Pregnancy Center after Planned Parenthood gave her RU-486 and she took the first pill. It was Memorial Day weekend. The staff at the clinic was looking forward to the three-day weekend, but when Jen walked in, they quickly got to work to save a little life.
Andi DuPre, the winner of Live Action’s March for Life contest, has always been strong in her pro-life convictions. It’s what led her to join FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) as a missionary volunteering weekly at a pregnancy care center, and it’s also what led her to the March for Life not once, but several times. The March for Life holds a special place in her heart, not just because of how inspiring and spirit-lifting it is to walk with 500,000 other pro-lifers, but because the March is where Andi met her husband Sean as a FOCUS missionary in 2010.
The idea came to Heidi Boos on a day just like any other. Having recently attended her Oregon church’s Sanctity of Human Life Service, she was troubled by the lost lives of babies killed through abortion.
In an article for Eternal Perspectives, she writes that as she was on her usual run, she asked God what she could do. And as clear as day He told her: you can run, and you can pray.
Heidi told her husband Nathan about this new calling. Then she told a few others, including friends in her Community Life group. The more people she told, the more she felt she would have to follow through. Heidi had a plan – to run in races in order to raise money for pro-life causes. But as she spoke to more people, it became clear that God’s plan was even bigger.
When Martin Pistorius was 12 years old, he became very ill. After two years of illness, spending most of his time sleeping, he became so sick that he lost his ability to move. Then he lost his ability to make eye contact, and finally his ability to speak. He was left in a coma. The family finally received a diagnosis of cryptococal meningitis, and now they are sharing their story.
His parents, Rodney and Joan, told National Public Radio (NPR) that the doctors sent Martin home with the instructions to simply keep him comfortable. As far as anyone knew, Martin was simply not there anymore, and his parents were told he had zero intelligence. The doctors said he wouldn’t live long.