One of the handful of successful couples from FYI’s popular reality show, Married at First Sight, recently shared news about their first pregnancy. But Doug and Jamie Otis Hehner’s joy soon turned to tragedy, as Jamie miscarried their son at 17 weeks. Now, they’re going public with the decision to give their son a name.
Dallan Cloward was born with a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, which affects facial appearance, growth and development, and intellectual disabilities. Doctors told his parents that he likely wouldn’t live beyond the age of two. However, on August 12, Dallan will celebrate his 30th birthday, and his father wanted to make it special. He planned what he calls “30 for 30” in which they will do 30 activities over 6 weeks to celebrate Dallan’s 30 years of life.
In the past 30 years, the life expectancy of people with Down syndrome has more than doubled. Today, people with Down syndrome live to an average of 60 years old. They lead fulfilling lives, work, contribute to society, and build strong relationships. Despite this, doctors often still give mothers a bleak outlook, pressuring those receiving a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis to get abortions, and give parents outdated, inaccurate medical information — saying that their children will never walk or talk, go to school, hold jobs, or make friends. Some people get lucky, and get doctors that deliver the diagnosis in a positive way with accurate, up-to-date information, but unfortunately, these lucky people remain the minority.
The good news is, people with Down syndrome are constantly proving these doctors wrong.
When Francis Azize was born 17 weeks premature, there was only a 15 percent chance he would survive. He weighed just one pound, nine ounces, and infections and perforated bowels added to his parents’ worries for their son. But when his parents, Jeffrey and Maureen Azize, watched a Ted Talk with Andrew Stanton, creator of “Finding Nemo,” they found one thing they needed: hope.
After learning they’re pregnant, most women decide whether to abort within 48 hours. Support for them and their children is available, but too many don’t know it. There’s a group working to change that; you might be able to help.
Save the Storks works with “pregnancy center affiliates to provide expectant mothers with the spiritual, physical, financial, and emotional support they need to choose life.” Part of their mission involves letting women know what pregnancy centers have to offer, and they have a new way to do so: Assure Me pregnancy test dispensers.
For many stalwart abortion activists, abortion is almost viewed as a sacrament. It’s referred to as a social good, something that women should see positively. Abortion, to them, is what allows women to accomplish anything — without abortion, women would otherwise be useless and powerless, they claim, victims of biology and chained to the kitchen, all because of the inability to kill their own preborn babies. Still, this mindset is typically kept quiet. Publicly, abortion activists tout platitudes about how abortion is a difficult decision that no woman ever wants to have to make, yet we should accept her “choice.” (Remember the idea of “safe, legal, and rare”?) It’s only been recently that the abortion lobby has become more vocal about how they really feel.
Eight months ago, at a routine appointment for her vaccines, four-month-old Eva Moore was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma. Within 24 hours she was on a plan that included eight rounds of chemotheraphy and emergency surgery. At the end of treatments, little Eva would be paraplegic.
“It was in her heart, her spine, and her chest,” explained her mom Kim to Global News. “So basically her whole upper body was a tumor.”
Over the last decade, Tong Phuoc Phu from Vietnam has buried more than 10,000 aborted babies, giving them each a final resting place. But he wanted to do more, he wanted to save babies from abortion. And now, he’s done just that.
On Wednesday, Kunis (That ‘70s Show, Black Swan) appeared on Live with Kelly to discuss her role in the upcoming film Bad Moms, which hits theaters July 29. But the interview first and foremost focused on Kunis’ second pregnancy with husband Ashton Kutcher.
Over 1 million Americans have been protected from abortion as a result of the Hyde Amendment –a rider to the federal budget that prohibits federal funding for abortion through Medicaid. Enacted in 1976 and approved by bipartisan support every year since then, the Hyde Amendment is helping to preserve and defend the lives of low-income Americans.
(LifeSiteNews) – Six Indiana Planned Parenthood facilities are set to close by the end of this year, beginning with its Muncie location shuttering today, and its Terre Haute facility next Friday, July 20.