You can’t spoil a baby. All they want from you is love and care, and when they don’t get it, it can lead to a lifetime of trouble with bonding and healthy relationships. That’s one of the reasons why volunteers who hold premature babies are so vital in hospitals.
Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are likely there for an extended period of time. When parents can’t be there because of work or other children they need to care for, these infants could end up suffering, if it weren’t for some very important volunteers.
Abortion advocates constantly claim there is not enough access to abortion – that a woman might have to drive for a couple of hours for a procedure. But what about the families who have to drive hours to save their child’s life? Sharlotte and Jim Grote had to do just that. They drove to a hospital eight hours away from home in order to give their third child a chance at life, and it paid off.
Their baby girl was diagnosed at 20 weeks gestation with encephalocele, a rare condition in which part of her brain grows on the outside of the skull. Doctors gave the baby only a 25% chance of survival, but her parents refused abortion, and instead fought to save her.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, shared exciting news this week on how the pro-life generation is steadily growing across the United States. Students for Life groups now outnumber Planned Parenthood campus groups by an astounding 4:1.
At 15 weeks pregnant, Claire Martin and her husband Benjamin were expecting to have a routine ultrasound of their baby boy. Instead, the doctor shocked them with the news that their son has Down syndrome.
When John and Shelly Tardif’s twin boys were born eleven weeks early in November of 1997, they feared their babies wouldn’t survive. Joe was born weighing just one pound, 13 ounces, and John weighed in at two pounds, 6 ounces. But while Joe would grow without complications, John was soon diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Despite their differences, they help each other live the best lives possible.
Earlier this week, Nashville actress Connie Britton introduced Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at the White House’s The United State of Women Summit. Before describing Richards as her “hero” as well as a “thinker” and “visionary,” Britton made her own comments on “reproductive rights.”
The 49-year-old star began her speech by claiming that “there’s nothing really that’s more important” than “women’s health.”
“We’ve got a lot to do, guys. We really do,” she cheered. “And we certainly don’t have time to deal with interference from anyone else about the choices that we make about our own bodies.”
Three years ago Rebecca Rizzi was on her way to a Planned Parenthood in Tempe, Arizona, to discuss abortion. She was five weeks pregnant and she truly believed she had no other options. Pro-life activists were at the abortion center that day and helped Rizzi change her mind and choose life. Now Rizzi has a message for other women considering abortion.
Last week, pro-life activist Zephaniah Mel posted a disturbing video to YouTube featuring footage of Dr. Robert Santella, an abortionist at Family Planning Associates abortion center in San Diego, California. In the viral video, Santella brandishes a pair of scissors and responds to calls to repent for killing babies by stating that he loves his job and doesn’t listen to Christ:
According to a report by Operation Rescue, when pro-lifer Allyson Smith saw Mel’s video, she did some research and found that the California Medical Board filed an accusation against Santella on May 20th of this year, charging him with “negligence and unprofessional conduct that ‘demonstrates an unfitness to practice medicine.'”
Despite the assumption that teens are going to be sexually active no matter what, the number of sexually active teens has actually decreased, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The 28 percent increase in students who have never had sex is unprecedented and has been two decades in the making” and is not a “statistical blip,” writes Valerie Huber of Ascend (formerly the National Abstinence Education Association).
Now, a working paper by Kasey Buckles and Daniel M. Hungerman of the University of Notre Dame asserts that comprehensive sex education methods used in schools may not be as effective as the public has been led to believe. Buckles and Hungerman find that “access to condoms in schools increases teen fertility by about 10 percent. These effects are driven by communities where condoms are provided without mandated counseling.” Along with this, “gonorrhea rates for women rose after free condoms were provided,” reports the Washington Examiner.
With the recent birth of their son Alexander, Katie and Ryan Buck of West Des Moines, Iowa, have experienced doctors stealing their hope for the life of their child. The Bucks did not know that Alexander was growing inside of Katie with the rare chromosomal abnormality of Trisomy 18 or Edwards Syndrome. When Alexander was born, he struggled and fought for life. Doctors knew something was affecting him so they did some testing and diagnosed Alexander with Trisomy 18.
Life threatening illnesses, diseases, and conditions have been in existence all throughout human history. Many people have overcome these obstacles and lived long lives. Doctors have been amazing instruments in helping to eradicate and defeat many of these problems like rabies, small pox, infections, and many others that have plagued mankind. However, there is an infection in the medical community among doctors and nurses that has spread across this country…hopelessness. It’s not a germ or virus, but it acts like one and takes over its victims.
Joey Papa and his wife, Nikki, could never have predicted how much their fourth child would change their lives. Their daughter, Canaan, would never eat or drink normally. She would never crawl or walk. She wouldn’t live to see her fourth birthday.
But what Canaan would do is set her parents’ hearts on fire with love for her and for all children with special health needs, as well as their parents. On what would be Canaan’s fourth birthday – June 25 – Papa and The Canaan Foundation will release, for one day only, a documentary called “In the Land of Canaan,” highlighting children with special needs and the lessons they are here to teach us.
“Every child a wanted child” is a common rallying cry for abortion. Planned Parenthood is a fan of this mantra, as are countless abortion activists. If a baby is not going to be raised in a loving household, with parents that wanted him or her, it’s better for the baby to just not be born at all, they say. It’s a horrible line of thinking, yet it persists. The latest to hawk it is Katharine Whitehorn for The Guardian, yet her piece somehow manages to be even more offensive than the usual.